Ribble’s £3.5 million investment into their future

Recently we have successfully completed a £3.5 million investment project on time, despite the challenges presented by Covid-19. The project, which included a warehouse extension and the installation of various state-of-the-art machinery, started in February and concluded in early September. The investment will allow us to expand our capacity and continue our growth in the future.

Over the past 5 years we have worked hard to create a position as the European market leader for the manufacture and supply of corrugated Fanfold, in addition to pioneering Right Size packaging solutions in the UK. We started this journey to success 8 years ago when we prototyped the very first Fanfold stacker developed by Universal Corrugated B.V. Using this highly automated and ground-breaking technology, we were able to ride the growing wave of the ‘on demand’ culture. It was our desire to continue as the market leaders in this rapidly developing and evolving market that lead to the decision to make this latest investment.

The investment consisted of 4 projects involving a multitude of contractors from all over Europe, all of whom came together with our own Ribble team to coordinate the installations. The teams worked seamlessly together in an environment made all the more challenging by the requirement to comply with our comprehensive Covid risk management plan.

Project 1 – The ‘Airbond’ System

The system, installed by JKSP Services, was an investment on the drying section of the conventional corrugator. It is designed to dry double walled board at higher running speeds, allowing us to increase the line speed of double wall from 170 metres per minute up to 220 metres per minute.

Project 2 – The Unifold

The largest part of the of the investment was The Unifold, the latest generation and fastest fully automated fanfold stacker in Europe. This machine was manufactured by Universal Corrugated B.V, shipped over from the Netherlands and installed and commissioned within a 2 week period. The upgrade will allow us to increase our running speed by 33% from 150 metres per minute to 200 metres per minute, with the capability for higher speeds in the future.

Project 3 – Dedicated Press Track

The press track, dedicated to The Unifold stacker, incorporates a state-of-the-art palletiser, turntable, pallet pusher and conveyorization. All of which will aid the manufacture and delivery of Fanfold to the various Right Size automated packaging systems available across the market.

Project 4 – Warehouse & Factory Extension

PLP Construction were contracted to build the warehouse extension which has increased our onsite storage capacity by 18,000 square feet. This significant increase will allow us to store on average an extra 1000 pallets and cope with the newly increased running speeds of the fanfold stacker.

Stephen Rector, the Managing Director of Ribble Packaging, praised his employees and the contractors involved stating “The work done on this project has been immense and the result is, in my opinion, fantastic. The Fanfold and Right Size packaging market has grown significantly over the past few years and show no signs of stopping. We therefore needed to evolve with the market to protect our hard-earned market leading position. This investment will ensure we do exactly that whilst also giving us the ability to strengthen our relationships and partnerships with the leading Right Size packaging machine manufacturers such as Panotec, Quadient and CMC.”

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.”

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.

Covid 19 – Ribble Remains Fully Operational

During this unprecedented time in UK history, we want to reassure all our customers that Ribble remains fully operational and ready to meet your corrugated requirements. 

We are constantly keeping up to date with government advice and guidelines, and we have implemented all the necessary precautions to ensure that our employees remain in a safe and clean work environment. Wherever possible, our employees are now working from home, but as all corrugated manufacturers rely on factory based employees, we have ensured their health and safety is our number one priority. We will continue to follow government guidance and implement change as required. 

We are working with all our customers to understand their requirements and taking extra steps to ensure that all orders are supplied as required. 

Our customer service team remains available to answer all of your questions during our normal operating hours (Mon–Fri 8:30am–5pm) and can be contacted by phone or email 0161 622 2302 sales@ribble-pack.co.uk  

We would like to thank all our customers for working with us during this situation and hope all can return to their normal lives as soon as possible. 

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