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MP Jonathan Reynolds joined staff at packaging manufacturers Smurfit Kappa, in Stalybridge, to celebrate the arrival of a new £3 million machine.
The two-metre, fast-set, high-speed flatbed die-cutting machine, with camera recognition is part of an £8million investment package at the site, which has a 170-strong workforce.
Investment in the machines – some of the most up-to-date and efficient carton-making equipment available in the UK - will enable the Stalybridge team to offer even better products.
And it is hoped it will help the company further develop the knowledge and expertise base it has already built up in the town.
Since 2005 production at the Knowl Street plant has increased by 50 per cent, which the company puts down to successfully capitalising on the changing demands of retail, including the move towards online shopping.
Following the visit, Mr. Reynolds – who was asked to officially ‘open’ the newest machine – said: “It’s easy to look at the Victorian mills around Stalybridge and think that manufacturing belongs to the town’s past. However, companies like Smurfit Kappa continue to make sure it has an important role to play.
“This is an incredibly successful business that has adapted to meeting the changing demands of its customers – and I am delighted that they are continuing to invest in the future of Stalybridge.”
Lynne Case, general manager of Smurfit Kappa Stalybridge, says, “The most important factor in the ongoing growth of Smurfit Kappa Stalybridge is the continued investment in the development of the quality of our staff.
“Supporting them with the best equipment available is just part of why Smurfit Kappa Stalybridge has become the centre of excellence it is today.
“Having creative and innovative staff, with an eye for detail that can see the bigger picture and find ways of applying their knowledge for the benefit of our customers is why Smurfit Kappa Group continues to invest in the Northwest.
“What better vote of confidence can there be in the future of this plant and the personnel that operate it.”
The Stalybridge production facility specialises in packaging for the retail supply chain, and its staff are recognised as being at the forefront of developing and supplying sustainable decorative packaging that delivers logistical savings to its multi-national customer base.
The investment includes the installation of
•             A four-colour RRP case-maker, replacing three pass printing with a single pass for speed and economy
•             A glue detection quality control system to ensure consistent volumes of high-quality, bespoke products
•             A two metre, fast-set, high-speed flatbed die-cutting machine with camera recognition ensuring pin-point accuracy

MP welcomes investment at Smurfit Kappa

MP Jonathan Reynolds joined staff at packaging manufacturers Smurfit Kappa, in Stalybridge, to celebrate the arrival of a new £3 million machine.The two-metre, fast-set, high-speed flatbed die-cutting machine, with camera...

A COMMUNITY centre in Hyde turned back the clock with a feast of Lord Woolton Pie and Ginger Sponge, as part of celebrations to mark Older People’s Week.
The Grafton Centre runs a series of events five days a week – including singing, dancing and dining - designed to bring older people together.
On Friday (October 3, 2014) they turned the clock back to the 1940s, with a special performance of a war-time drama and a lunch of war-time dishes.
The special event – attended by around 60 regular users of the centre – was organised to celebrate Older People’s Week and to showcase the work of the Grafton Centre.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped in to mark the centre’s ongoing success, along with Mayor Cllr Dawson Lane and local councillor Phil Fitzpatrick.
He said: “Too often older people can feel isolated and even retreat within their own homes – but, in Hyde, the Grafton Centre offers a safe and welcoming place to go.
“As well as the chance to drop in for a coffee and a chat or even something to eat, there’s a wide range of activities and events.
“The Grafton Centre is at the heart of the town and I was delighted to be able join the celebrations to mark the important role it plays, as part of Older People’s Week.”
On Friday, members of the centre’s drama project performed a piece about the women left behind in the town during the Second World War.
And visitors tucked into Lord Woolton Pie and Ginger Sponge Pudding, which were favourite dishes when food was rationed.
The food was prepared and served by catering students from Tameside College, who offer an a la carte menu to users of the centre every Friday.
“The partnership between the college and the Grafton Centre is remarkable,” said Mr Reynolds.
“It means the quality of the food on offer to those who use the centre is very high and it also gives students the chance to experience a working kitchen away from the college environment.
“More than that it brings together different generations of people, offering them the opportunity to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.”
The Grafton Centre has been operating for a number of years and has a strong reputation in the Hyde community.
Hyde Newton councillor Philip Fitzpatrick, who is a regular volunteer at the centre, said: “The Grafton Centre is at the forefront of measures to support older people in Hyde. I am proud to be involved with its work – and hope it will continue to be at the heart of our community for many years to come.”
The Grafton Centre can be found off Clark Way, in Hyde. It is open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. The Grafton Centre can be contacted on 0161 368 4110.
Published 7 October, 2014

Hyde centre turns back clock to mark Older People's Week

A COMMUNITY centre in Hyde turned back the clock with a feast of Lord Woolton Pie and Ginger Sponge, as part of celebrations to mark Older People’s Week.The Grafton Centre...

Students and staff at Astley Sports College showed off their new look classrooms and brand new Science block when MP Jonathan Reynolds visited to mark the official completion of the £7.2m refurbishment.

The school's new state of the art science block will enable students to have much broader access to practical science than in the past. It was built as part of a package of improvements that also included a new entrance hall, new windows, new furniture and new carpets.

Today (September 19) Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was given a tour of the school, to mark the official completion of the refurbishment. Then he was quizzed by the school's team of Junior and Senior Prefects about his role as MP and as Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

Commenting on the visit to Astley Sports College, Mr Reynolds said: "Schools are at the heart of our communities and their facilities should inspire and enable the next generation to fulfil their potential - in and out of the classroom.

"I am delighted to have been asked to officially mark the completion of these new facilities at Astley Sports College, which teachers, parents and pupils are rightly proud of.

"The laboratories in the new science block will offer state of the art learning to pupils, that will encourage them to look at Science in an exciting way.

"I believe practical Science brings the subject to life - and I hope these laboratories will ignite a life-long interest in Science for pupils at Astley.

"Indeed, I also hope that these facilities will equip pupils with the skills needed for many of our emerging industries who will be looking to recruit bright and talented young scientists in the future."

Whilst the Science block is the only new building within school, the work that has been completed has been designed to create a positive learning environment around the rest of school will help Astley build on its GCSE exam results.

This year the school recorded the highest percentage of students leaving with five or more A*-C grades, with even better results being forecast for 2015.

Associate Deputy Headteacher Adi Smale said: "Following the opening of half of the refurbishment earlier in the year, students took immense pride in their classroom environment and we can only see this sense of pride developing into every lesson every day. This feels like a very exciting time to be part of Astley's school community.”

Published 30 September, 2014

 

MP sees £7.2m improvements at Astley Sports College

Students and staff at Astley Sports College showed off their new look classrooms and brand new Science block when MP Jonathan Reynolds visited to mark the official completion of the...


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