Packing a punch

Good things come in small packages, it’s said.

But for Antalis Packaging, whether that packaging is big or small, helping firms find supply and distribution solutions is a key part of its business.

And playing a major role is its Blaydon packaging and conversion centre, right here in the North-East.

Antalis is a world leader in the business-to-business distribution of papers.

But it’s also Europe’s leading packaging supplier, with a complete range of materials, machinery and services, creating bespoke pack designs, solutions and systems.

A key cog in the operation is the Blaydon site, which can convert a variety of materials, including large sheets, rolls and packs, into commercial, retail or bespoke sizes.

Also available via the site is a state-of-the-art box maker, plus equipment for rewinding, slitting and perforating a variety of roll types, including film.

John James, North-East region account manager, explained the Blaydon centre is handily placed and equipped to serve the region, including Teesside, and beyond.

He said: “We’re not only well placed to offer packaging solutions and services to customers in the area, we also have our own machinery engineers based on-site to support customers who are experiencing issues with their equipment, for example, as well as a supply of spare parts and technical expertise to create machinery solutions.”

Pallet wrap is a durable, stretchy and protective film, ideal for shipping and storage environments – and Antalis is a market leader.

John explained: “Whether applied by hand or machine, stretch film is an effective method to secure a load to a pallet, and provides protection and stability during storage and transit.”

And with many more people ordering online nowadays, he says demand is increasing – both for the product and the expertise surrounding general packaging requirements.

Hand film is one of many staple packaging items offered by Antalis, which can provide bespoke, UK-produced, high quality, hand-stretch film to the required specification – local and available next day.

“In fact, we offer bespoke products to fit every packaging operation.”

Packaging for e-commerce has grown during Covid-19, and Antalis, with 14 UK warehouses, has been supporting many industries that have experienced increased demand, including food and drink, pharmaceuticals and logistics.

With 2021 set to be another unpredictable year, Antalis believes it’s important to find ways to make operations more agile so that businesses can keep products moving.

Its Blaydon machinery team and specialist engineers cover the north of the UK, advising customers on a range of machinery to increase the quality and efficiency of output.

Antalis also offers free, independent analysis of clients’ packaging use, operations and distribution set-ups.

John said: “We can meet every packaging need and no two customers are the same. For example, one customer was running a huge project and employing 50 to 80 agency staff a day to package their products, but we were able to automate the whole line.

“By adding the right machinery or automation, businesses can speed up packaging times, improve efficiency and save on the cost of materials.”

Keen to innovate, Antalis packaging technologists will be able to visit sites in the near future, but in the meantime, the team can provide support virtually where required.

John said: “For example, we recently helped a customer that was selling e-cigarettes online. Their packaging was too big to fit through a letterbox, which was having a negative impact on customer experience. We worked with the client to create a bespoke box design that was letterbox-friendly and provided excellent protection for the product.”

So whether it is converting, improving efficiency, reducing costs, creating safe operations, finding answers to environmental or waste issues or helping find the right automation or machinery, Antalis Packaging is available in the North-East and across the UK, with an experienced team providing local support.