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 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...