Glossop Cartons Proud to Sponsor Dukinfield Golf Club

We’re committed to developing talent, both within the workplace and across the local community.

Here at Glossop Cartons we’re proud to work in partnership with our community, supporting a number of local initiatives, sports groups and projects over the years.

Since 2011, we are delighted to have been one of the main sponsors of Dukinfield Golf Club, enabling them to support and inspire the next generation of golfers in the region.

A recent donation from Glossop Cartons has gone towards helping to make the May Junior Open Day a success, encouraging the younger generation to get involved in the sport and grow their talent. Alongside this, the funding has also allowed the junior golfers at the club to have new team jumpers.

Vicky Every, marketing and commercial manager, said: “Supporting our local community and charitable giving is something which we’ve embedded into our company ethos. Not only does this help us to give back to the community and get involved with local groups, it is also a great way to engage and motivate our team. I’m proud to be able to support the club to develop and inspire the next generation of talent.”

Steve Maguire, junior organiser at Dukinfield Golf Club, added: “Junior golfers are not only the future of Dukinfield Golf Club but the sport itself. Sponsors like Glossop Cartons are essential as the money they give goes straight towards supporting the juniors.

“Glossop Cartons are the main sponsors of our Junior Open Day where kids come from all over the region and have a great day with prizes and refreshments. I am very grateful for their support and I know the juniors are too. I would like to thank the Glossop Cartons team for their continued support.”

To find out more about our work in the community, or to discuss potential partnership opportunities, call our team on 0161 480 3568.


Facing Challenges and Maximising Opportunities in the Industry – An Insight from the MD

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons, explores the challenges currently facing the packaging industry and how the company maximises opportunities for the taking.

Having worked in carton manufacturing for more than 36 years, I’ve seen some significant changes; some driven by us (For example, we were one of the first in the industry to achieve BS 5750) and some imposed by external influencers.

With Brexit on the horizon, one thing’s for certain – there’s more to come!

Depending on your perspective, change offers both challenges and opportunities. At Glossop Cartons, our approach is simple; we identify, assess and plan the best route to ensure the business not only survives change but thrives on it.

Brexit

As in most sectors, Brexit remains the main topic of conversation in ours. Hopefully as 2019 progresses, the uncertainty surrounding it will start to disappear because above all we need clarity. But while Brexit is making our negotiations with European clients and suppliers a little awkward, we don’t see it as an obstacle to our plans to expand.

There could, however, be some short term disruption to the outward supply of products and inward supply of stock caused by delays around customers procedures. So we’re implementing some contingency plans designed to mitigate their impact including; increasing our holding of consumables; encouraging clients to forward order; forward-ordering raw carton board ourselves and making sure we have a good stock of machine parts to prevent any delays getting replacement parts from disrupting our day-to-day operations.

We’ve also organised bank accounts in both sterling and euros to enable us to receive payment or pay for goods in the most efficient and effective currency for any given contract.

World pulp prices

The price of wood pulp increased significantly throughout 2018 which had a knock on effect on the price of GC boards and made life financially challenging for carton converters.

We try to absorb as much of the increase as we could but there is a point at which we have to look to our clients to meet the shortfall. Clearly no-one wants to have those conversations but we’ve been fortunate because we’ve developed strong relationships with our customers over many years which has made those conversations a little easier.

Skills and recruitment

The printing and packaging sector requires a workforce with specific skills, expertise and professionalism. But it’s an ageing work force and it can be challenging to recruit – especially younger people who don’t consider it an attractive career option.

This year we are intensifying our plans to recruit, develop and train the workforce we need for the generations to come. In particular, we’re focussing in on changing young people’s perceptions about the industry to ensure the cascade of skills and knowledge from our existing workforce to the employees of the future.

We are also investing in our management team so we can both direct and deliver our ambitious growth plans. Mid last year, Wayne Fitzpatrick joined us from Mayr-Melnhof Packaging as sales director. He brings with him more than 25 years’ experience and his insight will be invaluable in helping us maximise future opportunities. His appointment has already enabled me to take a more strategic role as joint MD.

Sustainability & innovation

A common theme for our customers across all sectors is the focus on sustainability and the increasing demand for eco-friendly, low carbon footprint packaging. We’ve long been investing in this area, manufacturing products that are recyclable (and in most cases, bio-degradable). Our carton board, for example, is sourced from mills that adopt a 3:1 planting programme and farmed from accredited, managed, sustainable forests.

Customers are looking for a combination of unique packaging design and reduced pack size. We’re responding to that demand by innovating, developing and producing packaging which balances green and eco-conscious requirements with eye catching design, while always meeting relevant product safety requirements.

So as we look to the rest of 2019 and beyond, we acknowledge and are planning for the challenges ahead while welcoming the opportunities we will meet – and create – along this year’s journey.


Leading the Way in Packaging Technology

As a company, we’re hugely proud of our heritage. With nearly four decades at the leading edge of the packaging industry, it’s the foundation on which we’ve built our recent expansion and growth programme.

But that heritage and experience is underpinned by forward thinking: always looking to new horizons, embracing new technology and investing in innovation.

As our clients adapt and reflect customer and product needs such as increasingly sustainable, efficient and user friendly packaging – so do we.

That is why we invested in the UK’s first Brausse Forza 900 C3. This brand new model is a 900mm wide automatic folder-gluer with an advanced control system and user interface, and which can handle 800gsm of solid board.

Leading edge…

Again, we’re following tradition – of investing in our people and our premises in a series of UK first in packaging machinery. Whether its art work services which include augmented reality features that can be displayed on smart phones and tablets, or laser polymer cutting and creasing technology – we look to increase efficiency, productivity and helping our clients strengthen their market presence.

Flexibility and speed … Automation and versatility.

But while adopting efficient, precise and productive automated systems we’re always mindful of our experience, expertise and reputation in producing complex non-standard packaging. This new Brausse Forza 900 C3 system is controlled by mainly manual adjustments and through hand wheels making it possible to handle those bespoke client specific box shapes. Additional features and improved functionality also add flexibility and strengthen to our ability to our customer individual specifications.

To find out more how Glossop Cartons can help you, contact the expert team today on 0161 480 3568.


Introducing Our New Sales Director

We are delighted to announce the growth of our Glossop Cartons team as we welcome Wayne Fitzpatrick on board as our new sales director.

Joining from Mayr-Melnhof Packaging, Wayne brings with him over 25 years’ experience of the packaging sector and will be taking over from Jacky Sidebottom-Every as she becomes joint managing director.

In his new role, Wayne is responsible for handling some of our key accounts, which span food and drink, vape and household, as well as pharmaceutical and personal care sectors across both blue-chip and SME accounts.

Fitzpatrick said: “Glossop Cartons has an excellent reputation not only for creating innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, but also for its strong customer focused service, and I’m proud to be representing the company among its key clients.”

Jacky Sidebottom-Every added: “Glossop Cartons is an ambitious business and is pleased to welcome Wayne on to its team. With his experience, skills and attributes, I have no doubt that, as I take up the strategic position of joint managing director, the role of sales director is in safe hands.”

The appointment of Wayne Fitzpatrick is part of Glossop Cartons wider plan to invest in our management team in order to enable the company to achieve further growth.


Our Environmental Commitment

The Government estimates that UK households and businesses use around 11 million tonnes of packaging each year (National Audit Office). Manufacturers are taking action and are striving towards sourcing environmentally friendly materials and packaging.

Here at Glossop Cartons we take our environmental responsibility seriously and are committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner to help to protect the environment.

We believe that all employees, clients and suppliers share a role in our environmental objective and we work to encourage them to continuously review and minimise their impact on the environment.

To help reduce our impact on the current landfill crisis, we are proud to be actively involved in manufacturing products that are recyclable, and in most cases, bio-degradable. Our primary raw material, Carton Board, is sourced from mills which adopt a 3:1 re-planting programme and farmed from accredited, managed and sustainable forests.

We also promote the use of environmentally friendly water-based coatings for skin and blister boards and work closely with our clients and suppliers to reduce levels of waste and encourage the reuse and recycling of materials.