Little did Adrian Gamble know when he set up a small packaging company 40 years ago that it would become a well known UK corrugated businesses winning work from some of the biggest brands in the country. Although Atlas Packaging was recently acquired by Smurfit Kappa, the company retains its own identity and its hard earned position of being highly regarded within the industry.
Jason Sharman, General Manager (who has been with Atlas since 1992), said, “It’s a great achievement as Atlas has really punched above its weight over the past 40 years. But we’ve done that by being innovative, nimble, honest and straight forward with our customers. When I joined the business it was like joining a family and it still has that feel today. When Adrian created the company he had a vision as to where it would go and yes we’ve had our ups and downs along the way but to eventually be acquired by one of the world’s largest packaging companies shows just how far the business has come since it started from a small lock up on the edge of town.”
Over the past four decades, Atlas Packaging grew from a local startup in Barnstaple, North Devon into a nationally recognised packaging manufacturing. The company has continuously evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers, while remaining dedicated to environmental sustainability and community engagement.
“We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of delivering innovative packaging solutions,” said Sharman “This milestone is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team, the trust of our customers, and our commitment to creating sustainable packaging that helps our customers reduce their environmental footprint and offering support to local charities and good causes.”
As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability, the company has implemented initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, such as Solar PV and biomass heating as well as producing 100% recyclable and plastic free packaging.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the business recently held a staff party and invited former members of the Atlas team to come and raise a glass. It was a time to look back at the old photos and look ahead as to where the team will take Atlas in the next 40 years.