In the latest edition of Packaging News, Glossop Cartons’ Sales Director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, was invited to discuss her thoughts on the carton sector, what trends have been prevalent throughout 2017 so far and how sustainability has come into the fore. Read Jacky’s Q&A below, and click here for the full article on Packaging News’ website.
- How was business in 2016? How is business shaping up for the rest of 2017?
2016 was an incredibly eventful year for us following an acquisition in late 2015 which saw our company almost double in size overnight. We’d spent some time over the course of the year moving site, streamlining processes and upgrading machinery including a new press, so to say it was memorable is an understatement.
As a result of the entire team’s hard work and dedication over the last 12 months, we felt very positive going into 2017 and business has been strong. That said, we do appreciate that nothing is certain due to political and economic uncertainty, but where some sectors are not feeling confident others are still thriving.
- What markets do you operate in? Are there any new ones you want to target?
Glossop Cartons services the frozen foods sector, personal health care, care accessories, homeware, confectionary, bakery, medical and pharmaceutical markets. We are one of a small number of UK carton manufacturers to achieve AA Grading status from the British Retail Consortium, and we are a certified supplier accredited by the Pharmaceutical Quality Group.
- Have you made any major investments in the last 12 months?
We invested in a new press last Summer which we bought after attending Drupa. Alongside this, we also implemented a new MIS system too.
This year, we’ve just placed an order for two new gluing machines, one on the water due to be delivered this month and the next delivery to be installed at Christmas.
We’ve always believed that a progressive business cannot stand still and that’s very true of our carton business. Productivity and innovation is the key to going forward and with a robust business plan that thrives on investment, both in digital and in conventional machinery, we’re confident of the future.
- Luxury and prestige packaging has continued to flourish. Are you gaining more business from this sector?
In our experience all sectors and now looking to improve the look, feel and general appearance of their packaging enhancing their brand and giving a more upmarket finish to their shelf appeal.
- How much has the price of raw materials and the fluctuation in currencies affected business?
Raw material prices are escalating at an alarming rate, both solid board and corrugated materials are all announcing price rises on a regular basis. It is a blow, however we are working with our clients and our suppliers to negate the effects of these increases and minimise any associated pain.
- What are your fears and hopes now that Brexit is a reality?
Of course there is a concern that trading with the UK market will lose its appeal, however we are experiencing that mills from all over the globe are supplying very acceptable grades to the UK, from budget entry level chips and boxboard up to very white GC1 boards that are a pleasure to work with and give excellent results. The merchants are welcoming these new world boards and I don’t see a reason why they cannot become a part of the main material used in the UK.
- Sustainability is a big issue in packaging. How powerful is cartons’ sustainable message?
I truly believe our sustainable message is nothing short of fantastic. The eco level of cardboard is second to none and the sector is working hard to market the recyclability and the eco friendly nature of cartons to the general public, who may occasionally get confused as to the life cycle of the carton board from virgin pulp to its ability to be recycled may times.
I feel we are seen as a green and a desirable method of packaging goods.
- If I could change one thing about the industry it would be…
I did laugh at this – I genuinely think this industry is an amazing industry to work in and at present I can’t think of anything in particular I’d want to change!