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Open Date - History

Timeline of Historic Events

2014

Open Date celebrates 40 years of producing high quality packaging overprinters and equipment.

Open Date launches its new MC810 Offline Carton Coder/Printer. With its simplicity, versatility and speed it has proved to be an industry winner.

2011

Open Date launches its new Thermocode IQ printer. With its touch screen display, large ribbon capacity and networking capabilities (wired or wireless). The Thermocode IQ has become the choice throughout the pharmaceutical industry.

2009

Open Date celebrates 35 years of producing high quality packaging overprinters.

2005

Further agents are announced for Algeria: Nadatek SARL; Costa Rica: Codipack RI; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: UAB Vygeja; Greece: Halos; Guatamala: Relaciones Industriales; Honduras: Facos de Honduras; Indonesia, Batam & Singapore: Muzatech; Morroco: Geissmann & Sons; Poland: Ankar; Portugal: Vitor Oliveira VREI; Romania: Aldo Business Group SRL; Salvador: Servicios Industriales; Saudi Arabia: Multitech.

Open Date launch a new hot foil printer - the Digi 3 coder.

2004

Sadly and suddenly, the founder of Open Date, Ian Clatworthy died in his sleep on 3rd July.

The expansion of Open Date continues with new agents announced for South Africa: Goldpack (Pty) Ltd; Israel: ITAS; Iran: Sepand Pak Asia Ltd; New Zealand: Codemark Ltd; Serbia: MB Print d.o.o.; Thailand: QII S Co. Ltd.

2003

New agents are announced for Spain: Igorle S.L.; and Egypt: Dani Pack.

2002

Open Date's Technical and Training Department moves into new larger offices in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

Two Continuous Thermal Transfer Printers launched, the 53c and the 107c - allowing a much faster flow of product to print, through the use of continuous motion, rather than a stop and print process. Also launched this year is the Thermocode "E" to meet the needs of SMEs.

New agents are announced for China: Techgen Machineries Ltd; Italy: Yellow & Yellow; Korea: Servetec Co. Ltd and the Netherlands: De Koningh Bv.

2001

The Thermocode "2" range of six Thermal Transfer printers was launched.

2000

In order to maintain it's continued expansion Open Date move to new premises in Mitcham, Surrey (see picture on Map/Location Page) more than trebling the space available for manufacturing and administration.

1999

Open Date celebrates 25 years of producing high quality packaging overprinters.

1998

The Sprint 100 Hot Foil printer, an enlarged version of the Sprint Major was launched.

1996

Open Date's Technical Department moved into offices in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The Thermocode "S", an upgraded version of the Thermocode 5775 was introduced.

1995

The Thermocode 5775, Open Date's first on-line Thermal Transfer printer was unveiled at the PPMA show.

1994

Open Date Systems Inc. was formed in the USA working from premises in New Hampshire. The Eurocode 300, a large foil capacity version of the 150 was introduced.

1993

Open Date Germany was opened to meet the demands of an already established market and to target new opportunities in the Eastern Bloc.

1992

The Eurocode 150, a totally new Hot Foil coder destined to become Open Date's top selling model was released to the market.

In a move away from on-line printers and coders, the stand alone Fully Automatic Carton Overprinter was introduced.

1991

The Sprint Major, a compact 100 x 50mm Hot Foil printer was released superseding the Model 5000.

1990

The Model 5000SP large area Hot Foil printer was added to the 5000 range.

1989

The Printmaster "S", an ultra high speed version of the Printmaster 1000 was released.

The Sprint Hot Foil printer, a non-cassette evolution of the popular Printmaster 1000 was launched.

1987

The Model 5000S Hot Foil printer, an extended version of the Model 5000 was produced to meet one customer's specific requirement for multi-lane coding. After the success of the project, it was added to Open Date's product range.

The Discreet Marker, an on-line deboss coder utilising the Printmaster's air motor was launched.

Open Date France was opened in order to support an already healthy export market.

1986

The Printmaster 1000, a higher specification version of the Printmaster 400, with 305m (1000 ft) foil capacity and standard end of foil alarm was introduced.

1985

The Printmaster 400 high speed Hot Foil coder was launched featuring many technical advances including all stainless steel air motor and unique foil magazine locking mechanism.

1982

The assets of a light engineering company were purchased and Open Date moved into their premises in South West London. From this time, Open Date have manufactured the majority of the components required to build printers and ancillary items.

1978

The Model 5000 Hot Foil printer with a 100 x 50mm (4" x 2") print area was introduced offering customers the ability to print simple logos and ingredients lists as well as date and batch codes.

1974

Open Date Equipment Limited was formed to meet the demand for quality coding and marking equipment.

The Mag-Load Hot Foil printer was launched in May.