UK-based Ribble Packaging have recently completed a £2m investment project, upgrading machinery and future proofing infrastructure at its Oldham site.
The project which started in late December and concluded in early February has increased both production speed and efficiency of their corrugator. This most recent investment project was assembled by a team of Ribble, Fosber and Dücker engineers over a month-long period. This investment into their infrastructure focused on updating and improving the efficiency and reliability of their corrugator, unlocking the potential to produce corrugated board at higher speeds and increasing maximum output to 300 m per min.
The investment covered the installation of four new pieces of equipment:
- New set of Reelstands and a Splicer (to compliment the two Splicers we installed four years ago);
- New B flute Single Facer;
- New corrugated stacker;
- New materials handling and palletisation equipment.
Stephen Rector, Managing Director, stated, “We are delighted to announce completion of the latest £2m phase of investment. Over the Christmas and New Year period, we successfully installed a new Fosber single facer with related reel stands and splicers and a new automated take off and pallet inserter for our conventional corrugated sheet board. Each of these investments are designed to build on the 30% capacity increase achieved from the £3.5m capital expenditure program from 2020. Upon completion of the current commissioning process the two phases of investment will have increased overall corrugating and plant productivity by 50% and given our Oldham site a capacity to produce 100m sqm per annum. These investments clearly demonstrate our confidence in our chosen markets and, in particular, our determination to retain our position as the UK market leader of fanfold corrugated.”
The investment project will also allow Ribble to increase their capacity to serve new customers and existing Right Size solutions customers. Right Size utilises Ribble’s Fanfold corrugated board to help companies regain control of their packaging supply and enable them to create a fully sustainable packaging solution. Right Size solutions allow companies to create the perfect size box, for any product, on-site, on demand all while reducing annual packaging spend by around 30%.