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Esterlam Announce New Director

Esterlam Advanced Doctor Blades announces Jon Finnerty as new Director

It is with much pleasure as of April 2022, Esterlam announce the appointment of a new Director, Jon Finnerty. Jon is approaching his 30th year with Esterlam and has been an integral part of Esterlam’s growth and innovative production process. Jon has spent his time at Esterlam as Production Manager, helping grow the production team. His fantastic management skills have ensured the Esterlam product has always been of a consistently high quality.

When speaking of the new appointment, Directors, John, and Neil Hailey have said “Jon has been a loyal, trustworthy employee, who we also consider a great friend. His hard work and dedication to Esterlam and its growth needed to be acknowledged and appointing Jon as a Director was a decision supported by all shareholders.”

Jon has a great Engineering background and knows the industry inside out. He has been integral in the design, development, and manufacture of Esterlam’s bespoke production lines. Jon has a great rapport with our customers when exhibiting at shows or travelling for technical visits. We hope you will join us in wishing Jon all the best in his new role.

Job Vacancy: Production Team Member

To be part of the Esterlam team and work together to achieve the vision of Esterlam.

Esterlam Vision - To be recognised as world leaders in synthetic doctor blade technology, delivering practical and competitive doctor blade solutions to satisfy customer needs. All this through a friendly and professional global team effort. In doing so, Esterlam will always strive to exceed customer expectations in both product performance and customer service.

  • Running of machine – ensuring all product is manufactured to a high standard.
  • Responsible for picking appropriate materials for different jobs.
  • Re-sharpening of tooling when required.
  • Maintenance of machines.
  • Must be able to understand and work to tolerances set out.
  • Self-regulating Quality Control of finished product.
  • Packaging & labelling correctly to conform to Export regulations.
  • Housekeeping & general tidiness of work environment.
  • Liaising with Production Manager and team for production schedules.
  • To comply with H&S regulations at all times.
  • To be aware of production process and environment and where possible share any thoughts of how we can improve.
If you are interested in this role please email us a copy of your CV to

Esterlam Advanced Doctor Blades want to welcome a new member of staff:

Shelly has worked in education for many years providing admin support and customer service. Shelly is a busy mum to a football mad son and a 6 month old puppy! Please email your orders through to Shelly –

It's fantastic to have Shelly join our expanding team.

We are still looking to expand our production team.
If you are interested in this role please email us a copy of your CV to

Absolute Engineering Endorses Esterlam Doctor Blades

Absolute, specialists in ink doctoring and ink management for the flexo industry announce
a new endorsement with leading doctor blade manufacturer Esterlam International Ltd

Esterlam have been working successfully with Absolute for 25 years supplying award winning doctor blades for the award winning Absolute chambers. From corrugated press and packaging to off-set litho and laminating, Esterlam’s extensive range of products is at the heart of many presses worldwide.

“We are delighted to endorse Esterlam,” says Antony Whiteside, Managing Director, Absolute Engineering. “As specialists in ink doctoring systems and anilox rollers, we’ve been working in the print and coating industry for decades with Esterlam.

‘What makes the Esterlam team & products different to other blade suppliers is the unique blade construction and how they can tailor every single blade to every single customer applications & requirements. A truly bespoke service that ensures customers get the right blade widths and more importantly the right profiles they need to get the optimum performance from their machines. It’s this attention to detail and dedication to high quality, engineered blades that really sets them apart.”

From Esterlam’s UK Head Office in Plymouth, the team supply companies in over 100 countries worldwide with over 1000+ different blade products.

“Our parents innovated the world’s very first synthetic doctor blade to improve print & coating performance and improve the life of the chrome anilox rollers over 40 years ago,” adds Neil Hailey. “Don Hailey designed the first synthetic blade to help solve the problems and frustrations that flexo printers experienced back then which are the same problems experienced today. He identified problems in the print industry and dedicated himself to fix it. Very quickly Esterlam was born and we’ve been at the forefront of the industry ever since, winning a host of awards. We still manufacture our blades in the UK to the very highest tolerances and supply a global customer-base.

Our parents’ visionary mindset and problem-solving skills is still at the very heart of what Esterlam stand for today,” says Neil(TBC) ‘One of the best parts of my job is helping companies with problems they’re having with other blades and work with them and companies like Absolute to find solutions to fix it. We’re still a family business, you could say printing & converting is firmly in our family DNA!”

Absolute is a trusted world leader in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre-chambered doctor blade systems, with more than 10,000 successful installations worldwide. “With our bespoke Advanced Doctor Blades, we're the perfect fit for Absolute chambers where-ever they are installed. Compatible with every type of ink & coating, when used in an Absolute chamber, Esterlam blades offer longer life and improved print & coating consistency

“Esterlam really understand the print & coating industries,” adds Antony. “They provide unrivalled technical support coupled with the highest quality bespoke synthetic doctor blades available worldwide. We’re delighted to officially endorse and partner with them and look forward to working with them for another 25 years!”

To find out more about Absolute Engineering and Esterlam Ltd products see:

ABSOLUTE ENGINEERING:, Twitter @AbsoluteEng or LinkedIn Absolute Engineering

ESTERLAM LTD:, Twitter @EsterlamLtd or LinkedIn Esterlam Advanced Doctor Blades.

Esterlam Welcomes New Employee to UK Head Office

Following continued growth, synthetic doctor blade innovators, Esterlam are delighted to announce the expansion of its Customer Services team in Plymouth, UK.

Samantha Ball has been appointed as Customer Admin Assistant at the busy Head Office of Esterlam International Ltd.

Prior to joining Esterlam, Samantha has worked in the customer service industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in customer-facing roles. “We’re delighted to have Samantha on board,” says Kerrianne Corran, Esterlam’s Office Manager. “Samantha is a fantastic addition to our team here in our UK HQ."

Samantha, who grew up locally in Plymouth, joins the busy UK team at just the right time, with Esterlam's continued increase in demand and growth for their products worldwide. “We have had another successful record-breaking year,” adds Neil Hailey. Esterlam Sales Director. “Following the recent doubling of our manufacturing capabilities early in 2019, we are leading the way in advanced synthetic doctor blade technology globally. We’ve never been so busy with our existing customer base but also with so many new customers in many new areas and applications too.”

Based in the United Kingdom, Esterlam are global leaders providing clear solutions for today's demanding flexo, gravure and screen applications. From their pioneering synthetic blades of the 1970's to the advanced proprietary compounds and modern production techniques employed today, Esterlam's name is synonymous with the industry's leading-edge development. As well as numerous awards, Esterlam’s customer and technical support is second-to-none.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know our customers worldwide,” adds Samantha. “I really enjoy customer service and helping people so I cannot wait to get started. It’s clearly a busy and friendly head office and I feel privileged to be a part of it."

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