Swindon-based cardboard packaging specialist, GWP Packaging has invested £600K in updated equipment at its Wiltshire production facility.
The new flat-bed die cutter was installed on 15 September and reflects the “increase in demand” for packaging products that the company has seen over the last 18 months.
The machine, manufactured by Bobst and supplied by GTS (Europe) and Vim Selection, can be used in the manufacture of not only standard cardboard packaging but also Correx corrugated plastic.
James Pedley, operations manager at GWP Packaging said: “We have seen a great deal of growth in demand for our packaging, and die cut products in particular, so we needed to increase capacity in this area of our production. Correx is also a growing market for us, so having a machine that can process this material efficiently as well is a real bonus.”
He continued: “Choosing this large capacity machine also means we are able to consolidate some of our existing equipment, helping to streamline our factory and improve efficiency.”
The outlay follows a similar £1M investment in new printing and cutting equipment in 2015, a new waterjet foam cutter at its Salisbury site earlier this year, as well as the purchase of a fully automatic die cutter from local firm Loadpoint in 2012.
Ruth Cook, managing director of GWP Group said: “We believe it is important to keep investing in new equipment, not only to meet demand but to also maintain the high quality of our packaging that our customers rely on.
“This investment comes at a time of strong growth for us as a company, and will create a number of new jobs as well.”
With the firm already employing over 100 people at locations in Cricklade and Salisbury, a recruitment drive is already underway to find new staff.
Additionally, the company is also investing in a new warehouse – due to be completed in late October – to support the stock holding service it operates for many of its customers.
For information about GWP please see www.gwp.co.uk or telephone 01793 754444.
Pictured above: Ruth Cook alongside new Bobst Die-cutter at GWP in Cricklade