Six Figure Investment by Glossop Cartons

A six figure capital investment by Glossop Cartons, including the purchase of the UK’s first Brausse Forza 900 C3 folder gluer, helps the company to energy-efficiently deliver cartons of the highest pharmaceutical standards.

The 900 C3 acquisition by one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging is part of a wider investment in its gluing operation, which also includes the purchase of a Brausse Forza 1100 C3 folder gluer and new glue systems with the latest monitoring capabilities.

The company’s investment in its gluing department will enhance its efficiency, enabling it to ensure that customers receive cartons finished to the highest pharmaceutical standards (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001).

The new Brausse equipment is compatible with Glossop Cartons’ existing machinery, and the 900 features the latest technology in carton gluing.  Simple to operate and fast-running, the machines are also quick to make-ready, enabling the team to progress swiftly from job to job.

Energy-efficient and keeping carton waste to a minimum, the machines are helping the company to honour its commitment to improving its environmental sustainability.

Said sales director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every:  “The investment in our gluing department is the latest stage in Glossop Cartons’ continued investment programme, and will help us to continue to improve our carton offering, sustainably delivering enhanced quality, which is what customers want in these extremely competitive times.

“We’ve a strong track-record for investing in the latest packaging equipment – we were the world’s first to commission both the Highcon Euclid and latterly also the Highcon Beam – and the Brausse Forza 900 purchase once again puts us at the leading edge of packaging technology.”

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, Glossop Cartons is a family firm based in Stockport.  Its core market sectors include pharmaceutical and beauty, food and drink, vapes and household.  Customers include many blue-chip companies. Its product range comprises cartons, sleeves, wallets, blister pack cards, skin pack cards, counter top and shelf displays, header and hanging cards.

Glossop Cartons ready to “build on success” of anniversary year

Following its 35th anniversary in 2017 – a year of capital investment, recruitment, retained certifications and industry accolades – leading carton board packaging manufacturer, Glossop Cartons, already has high hopes that 2018 will be another year of outstanding progress.

Last year, the company continued its investment programme with the acquisition of a new Aquaflex varnish plate-making system, enabling it to apply increasingly popular varnish effects, reducing costs and improving customer lead-times; further capital investment will be announced early in the new year.

It retained its Grade AA status for packaging from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and also its pharmaceutical packaging ISO 9001:2008 – incorporating PS9000: 200 – certification, and is already working towards further accreditations to be achieved 2018.

The 35th anniversary year was also marked by the expansion of Glossop Cartons’ sales team, and a shortlisting for an innovation prize in a prestigious North West business award.

Sales director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every said: “This last year has been a great one for Glossop Cartons and its customers as we strived forward in our ability to deliver innovative packaging solutions, outstanding service and value-for-money.

“2018 will build on that success, with new machine investment that will be announced very soon.

“We look forward to meeting our loyal customers at Packaging Innovations 2018, where this year’s stand will show-case our work in some of our key sectors, such as the booming vape market – in which we have substantial expertise – along with those of pharmaceutical, food and drink.”

Glossop Cartons is a family firm based in Stockport. Committed to operating with the highest quality and environmental sustainability, its product range comprises cartons, sleeves, wallets, blister pack cards, skin pack cards, counter top and shelf displays, header and hanging cards for all market sectors.

For more information on the products and services Glossop Cartons can offer your business, head over to our products page or come and visit us at stand no B20 at Packaging Innovations

Boxing Clever – GC In Packaging News

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!

Glossop Cartons retains AA BRC Grade

Glossop Cartons is delighted to announce that we have retained our AA Grade status from the British Retail Consortium.

The award, which we achieved initially in 2016, goes a long way to demonstrate to our customers that when they choose Glossop Cartons, they can be assured that we will deliver only the highest standards of product safety, hygiene, quality and waste management to the food and consumer sectors.

Celebrated as the global standard for packaging excellence, the BRC grading system is the first accreditation to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) and provides a benchmark for the manufacture of all food packaging applications.

Vicky Every, Marketing & Commercial Manager at Glossop Cartons, says: “Here at Glossop Cartons we have always been proud of our commitment to quality and innovation, and we are thrilled to retain the AA Grade from the British Retail Consortium.

“Such a Grade is only awarded to a very small number of UK carton manufacturers, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team and we’re sure our customers will be as delighted as we are to know that we’ve retained this prestigious award.”

For more information on the products and services Glossop Cartons can offer your business, head over to our products page or call our friendly team on 0161 480 3568.

Let Glossop Cartons take the hassle out of your vape packaging requirements

The vape packaging market is booming in the UK right now and brands are certainly keeping us busy with their requirements thanks to the experience, knowledge, flexibility and expertise that we have in this sector.

Although the overall look of the packaging is paramount, changing legislation is ensuring that brands and suppliers need to be scrupulous in ensuring that designs meet current legal requirements. Whilst we can’t cover your legal obligations, we can talk you through the minefield and offer our experience and professional guidance.

Glossop Cartons has vast experience in carton board vape packaging production and we’re set up to produce a number of carton variants in a single run for each vape flavour, using our combined litho and digital capabilities to offer cost and time reductions.


Under new legislation announced in May 2017, E-liquid packaging must be child-resistant, featuring tamper-proof packaging, similar to pharmaceutical packaging. As Glossop Cartons offers full industry-recognised compliance for pharmaceutical packaging, we can pass this reassurance onto our customers and help meet these important legal obligations.


With a number of exciting finishing options available including metallic, varnishes, foil and embossing, we ensure each carton looks eye catching and gets the attention it deserves by guiding you through the best cost-effective options for your vape range, from plain and shaped cartons through to custom-made designed die and laser cutting with intricate, eye-catching designs.

Whatever your needs, Glossop Cartons can advise on the most workable solutions for your brand and deliver innovative packaging solutions that make your brand stand out from the crowd.

To find out more, please call us on 0161 480 3568 or email