Increased competition sees UK packaging maker invest £150K

Posted on 4 May 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Salisbury-based packaging manufacturer GWP has invested £150,000 in new cutting equipment to increase capacity.

The packaging maker has invested £150K in new waterjet cutting equipment – image courtesy of GWP Protective.

GWP Protective has invested £150K in new waterjet cutting equipment at the Old Sarum packaging facility; the investment will replace two older foam cutting machines whilst improving overall manufacturing capacity.

While the foam products GWP specialise in producing are surprisingly versatile, their main use is as a high-performance packaging material.

GWP Protective’s cases and foam have been used to safely transport items for organisations as varied as F1 teams, Government agencies and television production companies.

The investment in the newly installed Intec i713-G2 waterjet equipment, besides the efficiency gains, will also result in reduced water and power consumption, lower ongoing maintenance costs, reduced noise levels and an improvement in the overall quality of the finished packaging produced.

Investing in high levels of service & quality

The waterjet cutting of foam and other materials, alongside routing and pressing, is one of the key processes central to providing both product quality and manufacturing efficiency at GWP Protective.

In fact, approximately half of the foam inserts and packaging that GWP Protective manufacture have some element of waterjet cutting used in their manufacture.

Due to this, the ongoing cost of maintenance for the two previous machines and the efficiencies a new technologically advanced machine could bring, it was decided that new equipment would allow GWP to maintain and improve the high levels of both service and quality demanded by our customers.

Richard Coombes, general manager of GWP Protective said: “Despite increased competition in the market, what we’ve witnessed over the last 24 months is a rise in demand for the range of products and services we provide.

“This significant investment will enable us to maintain the critical fast turnaround times we offer, as well as our hard-earned reputation for reliability, as we continue to grow.”