WHO WE ARE...


At Ribble we believe in pushing the boundaries of the packaging industry with our mix of exceptional expertise and cutting-edge technology. Our aim is to reduce packaging waste and restore profit to our customers by streamlining their packaging processes.

We offer a broad range of services which solve many problems facing multiple industries including On Demand box technology, Returns Management services and conventional box manufacturing.


OUR HISTORY...

With over 80 years in the business we have a long history of manufacturing the highest quality specialist packaging solutions. From our humble beginnings in the Ribble Valley to our current site located in Oldham, which we have called home for over 50 years. We have always been passionate about the development of our business. And 2020 is set to be no different with a major investment of £3.5 million, involving upgrades to our down-stacker and a warehouse extension to increase storage capacity.

1938
FOUNDED

Ribble Paper Co at the former William Calvert Cotton Mill (1800) in Walton-le-Dale

1964
ACQUISITION

Ferry and Daisley Oldham based box manufacturer is bought by Ribble

1965
FIRST
CORRUGATOR

The first 2.5m corrugator in the UK was installed at Oldham site

1970
NAME CHANGED

Ferry and Daisley - becomes Ribble Packaging

1980
RATIONALISATION

Ribble paper mill is closed and becomes a one site corrugator and box maker

1981
FANFOLD
INTRODUCED

The continuous fanfold corrugated card first introduced to the UK

1981
DIVERSIFICATION

Fanfold is sold extensively into the aluminium extrusion industry for construction

1990
INDUSTRY
CONTRACTION

The UK aluminium extrusion industry contracts following pressure from cheap imports

1995
MANAGEMENT
BUYOUT

Stephen Rector, Derek Haynes and Mike O’Hara effect a management buyout of Ribble

1995
MAJOR
INVESTMENT

Major investment in conventional box making equipment to address decline of Fanfold sales

2004
2ND MANAGEMENT
BUYOUT

Stephen Rector effects second buyout and takes majority ownership

2008
PANOTEC
RELATIONSHIP

Rbble enters partnership with Panotec - Italian manufacturer of Fanfold converting machines

2010
BOX ON DEMAND

Panotec launches the Box on Demand concept - targeted at the furniture industry

2013
RETAIL
EXPANSION

Ribble extends Box on Demand into UK online retail market

2013
£3.5M INVESTMENT

Ribble invests £3.5m in new corrugating equipment and fully automated Fanfold manufacturing and stacking system

2014
RESTORE CONCEPT

Ribble develops the ‘Restore’ concept for returns management/reverse logistics

2015
BOXIT 2015

Ribble hosts an event to launch Restore to retailers and manufacturers

2016
INNOVATIVE
RESTORE
OPERATION

Innovative Restore operation is launched

2017
NEW LARGE RETAIL
CUSTOMERS

Box on Demand and Restore services each attract large retail customers

2020
WAREHOUSE
EXTENSION

& new fanfold stacker

1936
PRESENT DAY

OUR TEAM

At the heart of our business is our incomparable team of packaging experts, providing outstanding service and skills which allow us to offer our customers the best service possible.

  Leadership Team

  Sales & Marketing

  Engineering & Technical

  Customer Service & Estimating

CHARITABLE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

At Ribble we are invested in our employees and love supporting charities, which are close to our hearts. We also support many local and wider charities and try and give back to the community with regular organised fundraising activities

CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

One of our key focus areas is on the environment and leaving the planet a richer place than we found it. All of our products are 100% recyclable and, can be used again and again through the supply chain. The recyclability of cardboard naturally means it is an environmentally friendly packaging solution. Our business is heavily focussed on not just maintaining our own standards of environmental responsibility but helping our customers to develop their packaging processes to operate more sustainably. Our three core services allow our customers to responsibly source their packaging material, eliminate the need for excess void fill as well as stopping customers returned items from ending up in landfill. By using our services you can eliminate the need for plastic void fill packaging and create a more sustainable packaging process while saving money at the same time.

Mahdlo Youth Zone Support

Mahdlo Youth Zone Support

We were delighted to support Mahdlo Youth zone during lockdown by donating £2,000. Mahdlo is a state-of-the-art Youth Zone in the heart of Oldham for 8-19 year olds, open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year offering a range of activities and opportunities to young people across Oldham for just 50p a member. During lockdown they have made more than 180 calls per week to members, with those needing it most receiving 7-days-a-week support. The Youth Zone has also moved much of its Youth Work delivery online, with at least 15 live Zoom sessions per week and pre-recorded content posted every single day onto the charity’s social media.

Lucy Lees, Deputy Chief Executive at Mahdlo Youth Zone, said: “We are so incredibly grateful for Ribble’s generous gift and cannot say thank you enough! In these uncertain times their donation will allow Mahdlo to continue to provide vital provision to the young people in our community who need it most.”

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Donations to Christies & Dr Kershaw’s

Donations to Christies & Dr Kershaw’s

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has been part of Oldham’s community for over 30 years and provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment. The Christie at Oldham Hospital was the first in a unique network of Christie radiotherapy centres where it lets patients access first class cancer treatment closer to home. Both of these charities are very close to our hearts here at Ribble, which is why we decided to donate a combined total of £13,000 to support the amazing work they do every day.
“Over the past few years team Ribble have focused our fundraising efforts on supporting charities which make a real difference to our local area. Dr Kershaw’s and Christie’s have been at the heart of our community for many years and are charities which mean a lot to many of employees and their families. With that in mind we decided to donate and support the fantastic work they continue to do for our community.” – Sam Barber, HR Director, Ribble Packaging.

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