Universal Engraving, Inc (UEI) has appointed Ross Hutchison as its new president.

Mr Hutchison succeeds his father Larry as president, who took over from his father and company founder Glenn E. Hutchison.

The company, a member of UEI Group, is one of the world’s largest foil and emboss die makers, and plans to continue to revolutionise the embossing and foil stamping industry with ‘new ways to maximise customer uptime, productivity and profitability’.

Under Ross Hutchison’s leadership, UEI will continue to revolutionise the embossing and foil stamping industry with new ways to maximise customer uptime, productivity and profitability.

He commented, ‘Our guiding philosophy is to ‘never stop innovating’. Whilst the latest innovation may seem like the final step in a long journey, it’s in fact just the beginning of a new one. Innovation should be for the benefit of the customer, not just for the company doing the innovating.’

The latest innovations from UEI include Econofoil 2mm dies, which typically cost between 40-60% less than engraved brass hot stamping cylinders, and SpeedChase, which is claimed to offer a 50% reduction in die changeover and make-ready, 30% faster run rates, and a 12% reduction in die cost.

Above all else, Ross Hutchison wants to continue to provide unrivalled accuracy and timeliness for all of UEI’s customers and partners.

‘It is imperative that we maintain the highest tolerances, as well as extreme precision and unparalleled image integrity,’ he said. ‘We believe in being a true partner to our customers – someone they can trust and rely on. Universal Engraving has always been an innovative company. If a client wants something to happen – no matter how difficult it may be – the team will do everything in their power to make it happen.’

The established Universal Engraving operations team continues to be managed by Todd Rima as vice president of operations and sales, and Austin Hutchison, vice president of manufacturing, North America.

Larry Hutchison will continue to play a role in the business, while Glenn E. Hutchison will take a reduced role. This will allow Ross Hutchison to draw upon their resources and maintain the relationships they have built with customers over the years.

The company stated that Ross Hutchison’s commitment to the family business and the foil stamping and embossing industry, ‘will help Universal Engraving continue to delight their customer-partners – for generations to come.’

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