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Get your brand out there: Kite Packaging expands custom printed tape range

Leading UK packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has relaunched its custom tape offering, focusing on improved user experience through new technology as a part of the order process. The employee-owned business has also significantly expanded the range of packaging tapes that customers have available to brand.   Businesses throughout the UK

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Kite Packaging introduces new hand pallet wrap bundle offer

Pallet wraps are made of a highly elastic plastic film made from linear low-density polyethene (LLDPE). The plastic wrap tension after application protects the contents stored in a pallet during transit. Stored items remain together in the pallet. Pallet wraps are designed to reduce damage and loss of products. Kite’s

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Kite Packaging introduces dynamic gummed paper tape dispenser

As its environmental drive continues to flourish, employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, has developed a new gummed paper tape dispenser to add to its online offering. The new machine is another innovative addition for the Kite team, one that enables its customer base to seal cartons with eco-friendly paper tape, therefore

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Is your business’s waste management giving you optimal economic results?

Employee-owned packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has taken its environmental waste management a step further thanks to the business’s new waste compacters. Kite’s new additions allow businesses to effectively sort waste at its source, bundling and downsizing waste levels in-house which has a knock on effect for UK waste management as

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How Eco Friendly Is the UK Manufacturing Industry? An Overview

Businesses across the world are looking at ways they can reduce the level of waste they produce, whether that’s switching to eco-friendly packaging or incorporating greener manufacturing methods. However, this is not so simple for companies and businesses that use large amounts of packaging or physical products. A sector that

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West Midlands Mayor Visits Kite Packaging

Employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, was pleased to welcome West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, to its Regional Distribution centre in Coventry this week. The team were delighted to show Mr Street around their day-to-day operations and give him a deeper insight into the Kite brand. “On behalf of all the staff and

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

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Letchworth’s Kite Packaging welcomes Sir Oliver Heald MP as it continues with 120 tonne plastic reduction challenge

The team at UK packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, were delighted to welcome Sir Oliver Heald MP last week, an opportunity which enabled them to give him a deeper insight into the Kite brand and their environmental commitment. Sir Oliver Heald MP was able to explore the Kite site and meet the innovating team behind Letchworth’s packaging operations. Mr Heald and Kite Packaging’s Letchworth Managing Partner, Paul Mustard discussed the business’s 120 tonne plastic reduction challenge and the demand for environmental packaging. The day was a success with many Kite customers and suppliers attending the day, Sir Oliver Heald MP commented: “I was delighted to visit this innovative company which is at the forefront of packaging technology and keen to improve the environmental profile of the industry. I was also impressed that the company is owned by its workers.  I was pleased to meet Paul Mustard and the team and I found their enthusiasm inspiring.” Having moved to its new Letchworth location in 2016 after 15 years situated in Harlow, Kite’s continued growth necessitated a planned expansion being brought forward to the summer of last year. The Kite site oversaw a 12,000 sq. ft extension, gaining an extra 2300 pallet spaces, bringing Letchworth’s total capacity to 36,000 sq. ft. With a regional branch network across the UK, the employee-owned company also has sites in the Midlands, Rotherham, Swindon, Sittingbourne, Portsmouth and Gateshead as well as a Packaging Regulations compliant scheme, Kite Environmental Solutions. For further information on Kite’s environmental packaging or for more about the employee-owned business’s 120 tonne plastic reduction challenge, please visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging increases warehouse capacity at its Swindon Regional Distribution Centre

Employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, supply a wide range of engineered packaging solutions and systems across the UK. The company has announced that they have increased the warehouse capacity at their Swindon regional distribution centre with the installation of a 4,000sq.ft mezzanine floor. Servicing large customers in the South West of the country as well as South Wales, the sales growth at Kite’s Swindon RDC has required the expansion of their facility out to a total new warehouse capacity of 40,000sq.ft. This latest investment follows several years of continued growth for Kite’s Swindon RDC since moving to their current location in June 2015. A Kite spokesperson commented: “As well as helping to maintain 100% OTIF to our existing customer base, the expansion of our warehouse capacity gives us additional space for new business customers trading with us from 2019.” Mezzanine constructions can be used for storing a wide range of products or even provide another designated pick and pack area, giving businesses more room to grow rather than having to face costly relocation measures. If your company is looking for a service and solutions based offering in the South West or South Wales area please contact Kite’s team at Swindon who can arrange a visit to help you find savings on your total packaging costs. For more information, please visit thamesvalley@kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Get your brand out there: Kite Packaging expands custom printed tape range

Leading UK packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has relaunched its custom tape offering, focusing on improved user experience through new technology as a part of the order process. The employee-owned business has also significantly expanded the range of packaging tapes that customers have available to brand.   Businesses throughout the UK are looking more to customised packaging that carry their brand and now customers can benefit from Kite’s custom printed tape tool – a simple, cost-effective way of personalising packaging. A key benefit of purchasing custom printed tape is the positive effect it has on brand reputation, as well as providing a further layer of security to make sure goods travel from A to B in the same condition they left the warehouse in. Kite’s new custom printed tape functionality offers a more user friendly and dynamic order process with three easy steps to create your desired customised tape and a simple reorder option for repeat order customers. Users can choose from a range of tapes, including Acrylic (PP), Hot melt (PP) and Vinyl (PVC), or for a more environmentally-friendly branded solution, customers can select gummed paper or Kraft paper tape. There are also three backdrop colours and widths available to choose from, letting customers find the right printed tape for their business. Brand building is an integral part of day to day business and packaging is often seen as an extension of the product that it contains, making it a very important element to take advantage of. With its low-cost brand awareness benefits and enhanced usability, Kite’s new custom printed tape creates a great customer experience and maintains the company’s focus on the best range at the best price. To find out more about Kite Packaging’s custom printed tape or for any other bespoke packaging enquiries, please visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging introduces new hand pallet wrap bundle offer

Pallet wraps are made of a highly elastic plastic film made from linear low-density polyethene (LLDPE). The plastic wrap tension after application protects the contents stored in a pallet during transit. Stored items remain together in the pallet. Pallet wraps are designed to reduce damage and loss of products. Kite’s 5×5 pallet wrap system, one of the UK’s safest ways of reducing health and safety issues associated with hand wrapping pallets, is now available to buy in bundles on the Kite Packaging website. The employee-owned business has introduced new hand stretch bundles which will help save its customer’s time and money thanks to their operational efficiency boosting qualities. When used with industrial tools and supplies such as pallet floor scales and pallet hand wrapping systems, the new product can significantly enhance and streamline warehouse workflow. While industrial pallet scales ensure accurate weighing of pallets, pallet hand wraps ensure pallet content protection during transportation. This hand wrapping system is particularly useful for businesses looking to boost their green credentials and reduce their use of plastic as it reduces the amount of pallet wrap used by up to 60%. The 5×5 pallet wrap dispenser, which was previously only available on a rental basis, can also now be purchased as a permanent addition, meaning businesses no longer have to enter into a contract. Ergonomically designed to improve comfort and efficiency, these hand held pallet wrap systems allow operators to walk forward around pallets in order to dispense the film in a natural position with no bending or stretching required. This combined with its pre-stretch gears that release film at the optimum elastic point, ensures a reduced risk of any health and safety issues that can arise. The bundles are each made up of a 5×5 shrink wrap dispenser and nano technology pallet wrap, with a wide variety of pallet wrap specifications to choose from so businesses can find the right pallet wrap for their business. Product packaging ranges from bubble envelopes and cartons to pallet wrap systems. Whatever your business niche is, it’s crucial to choose a product packaging that is environmentally friendly. When using pallet wraps, it’s crucial to determine the items you’ll be storing. Square boxes and even loads should have an elastic wrap, with static material to cling to flat box edges. For uneven boxes, the loads need an elastic pallet wrap with more thickness and strength, and higher tear resistance. Irregular edges of uneven loads may tear or rip the pallet wrap during transport. For very uneven loads or boxes with different sizes, shapes, and weight, experienced staff should wrap the items to avoid damage using high-quality wraps with superior tear resistance. If you want to find out how else you can improve your environmental operations, please visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging introduces dynamic gummed paper tape dispenser

As its environmental drive continues to flourish, employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, has developed a new gummed paper tape dispenser to add to its online offering. The new machine is another innovative addition for the Kite team, one that enables its customer base to seal cartons with eco-friendly paper tape, therefore reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from other traditional tapes. Its manual design makes it ideal for light to medium volume packing operations and its compact sizing offers the ultimate table top sealing solution for small to medium distribution businesses across the country. This dispenser has been designed with time-saving in mind as its large water tank and fill chamber ensures water is always topped up. It’s also equipped with long and effective brushes which moisten and coat the tape quickly, thus eliminating the need for a water heater. Kite’s new machine can help companies achieve efficiency in the smaller, manual workspace whilst strengthening their environmentally-friendly characteristics to their brand. Packaging tape plays a pivotal part in safeguarding products throughout transit, gummed paper tape is an excellent option as it provides a tamper-evident, temperature tolerant solution that does not harm the environment. For more information about Kite’s gummed paper tape dispenser or about its products and services, please visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk

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Is your business preparing for Brexit? Kite Packaging acquires £700,000 worth of stock ahead of EU exit

With businesses across the country looking to prepare for the potential effects of a hard Brexit, one company has invested in £700,000 worth of insurance stock to ensure they have exactly what they need for the foreseeable future. A recent survey found a surge in the number of companies considering relocating abroad to elsewhere within the EU in order to accommodate a hard Brexit. The British Chamber of Commerce has also stated that thousands of UK firms are also stockpiling goods to deal with the potential worst effects of Brexit. Kite has carried out extensive risk assessments across its supply base and decided to stockpile 700 pallets of the most vulnerable lines. This is where employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, is implementing its strategic plan with international manufacturing partners by purchasing the £700,000 worth of inventory in order to secure its stock levels ready for Brexit. Companies and organisations throughout the UK are anticipating the repercussions that Brexit will create, including extra costs and changes in compliance, business structure and trade. In the face of such uncertain times, businesses have been left with no choice other than to divert time and resources to Brexit, important elements that could have been dedicated to other pivotal strategies such as future growth. Preparing for a no-deal Brexit means the realisation of compromised stock levels as sourcing international product will become more challenging within the parameters of UK business. This investment is another example of Kite’s market leading approach, which will inevitably put the business in good stead for the coming months of unfamiliar territory where stock may well have limited availability. Managing Partner Gavin Ashe said: “No business wants to tie up capital unnecessarily but we have a strong balance sheet and take our responsibility to our customers very seriously. It was felt we just couldn’t take the risk of running out of stock so we have made this investment to protect our customers.” For more information on Kite Packaging’s services or products, visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Is your business’s waste management giving you optimal economic results?

Employee-owned packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has taken its environmental waste management a step further thanks to the business’s new waste compacters. Kite’s new additions allow businesses to effectively sort waste at its source, bundling and downsizing waste levels in-house which has a knock on effect for UK waste management as it reduces the environmental impact from businesses through minimising the waste sent to landfill. These innovative systems are the ideal economical solutions to save time, money and space for industries across the board. With four compact balers to choose from, organisations can find the machine that’s most suited to their operational requirements. The versatile range of waste balers offers efficient compaction for different volume day to day operation and thanks to their innovative features such as an integrated kicker, that extracts the bale out once it is formed, companies can reduce costs and increase profits whilst allocating less time for the job. Workforces can eradicate manually flattening and cramming waste into bins, as these balers compact the waste in one swift movement, therefore removing time-consuming inconsistencies that manual, disjointed waste management brings. They can effectively compact cardboard, plastic, paper, textile and even food waste, all into one small, compact bale which can be disposed of efficiently and in the right way, therefore also encouraging recycling in the workplace. These new waste compactors give a substantial return of investment as they can bring significant cash savings on landfill taxes and waste collection as well as reducing the manual labour costs. If you would like any more information about Kite’s new compact balers or its other products and service, visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

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How Eco Friendly Is the UK Manufacturing Industry? An Overview

Businesses across the world are looking at ways they can reduce the level of waste they produce, whether that’s switching to eco-friendly packaging or incorporating greener manufacturing methods. However, this is not so simple for companies and businesses that use large amounts of packaging or physical products. A sector that springs to mind is manufacturing, due to their usage of packaging and the waste that is often created as part of the process. Therefore, it’s not difficult to see why they aren’t typically seen as environmentally friendly or clean. That being said things have drastically changed and the manufacturing industry is now on board with the green movement more than ever. Sustainability, healthier environments and lower costs are just some of their incentives. Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the ways those in manufacturing are incorporating more eco-friendly practices. Reducing waste One of the biggest concerns for the manufacturing industry is the efficient use of raw materials. Think of wood products and the huge demand for these which has resulted in the cutting down of many forests around the world. To combat this, manufacturing companies are looking into more sustainable materials, such as bamboo which grows faster and yields a bigger crop and so is becoming more popular in the industry. Recycling In the same style as reducing waste, more and more manufacturers are adopting recycling policies as an important part of their eco-friendly process. Some are choosing to use recycled products to feature as the base of their own products, instead of raw materials. New materials that have the durability of plastic are now appearing all over the market, providing our manufacturers with a much greener option for their products and packaging. Tente is a prime example of a manufacturer who has heavily researched sustainability and developing more environmentally friendly products. Their castor wheels now emit less noise while still offering the same load capacity and their lightweight construction means companies save when it comes to operating costs, as well as carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. Lean production The 1980s and 1990s saw a huge revaluation in manufacturing when it comes to lean production. While it’s main focus is on lowering production costs lean production has another great benefit: it’s green. Reducing waste across the board, lean production focuses on ‘just in time production‘ so that companies are only employing the number of people they need, producing and shipping only as much as they need and streamlining their process to maximise efficiency. New advances in technology make it possible for improvement across all aspects of production and makes it possible to reduce energy consumption. Updating facilities  When people think of manufacturing, they often picture big factories with huge smoke stacks coming from them, by far not the greenest of images we’ve ever had. The move to greener facilities whether they’re new or refurbished means we can make this image a thing of the past. Inefficient machinery can consume 70 per cent more energy than it needs to; focusing on energy efficient plants will help manufacturers reduce their energy consumption, and bill. Other areas that are being focused upon include heating and cooling, investing in clean renewable energy, such as solar or wind power.

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West Midlands Mayor Visits Kite Packaging

Employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, was pleased to welcome West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, to its Regional Distribution centre in Coventry this week. The team were delighted to show Mr Street around their day-to-day operations and give him a deeper insight into the Kite brand. “On behalf of all the staff and partners at Kite Packaging, we’d like to thank Andy Street for the time he gave us. It was great to be able to talk about the opportunities and difficulties that we all face,” commented Managing Partner, Gavin Ashe. The organisation, which has expanded its Coventry operation and earned a place on the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Barometer earlier this year, is set for continued growth as it goes in to 2019. With a regional branch network across the UK this Coventry-based business also has sites in Rotherham, Swindon, Letchworth, Sittingbourne Portsmouth and Gateshead, as well as an Environmental Compliance business and a leading ecommerce offering. Coventry and Warwickshire’s Growth Hub’s Strategic Account Manager, Phil Peak, joined them as Mr Street explored Kite’s Coventry base and met with some of its employees. Kite’s key founding principle of a sense of partnership being at the heart of every good long term relationship has laid solid foundations as the Kite brand has grown over its 18 year history. Kite’s hard work and dedication to its sector did not go amiss, with Mr Street describing it as “a hidden gem in the Coventry economy.”

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“A hidden gem in the Coventry Economy” – West Midlands Mayor comes to Kite!

The team at Kite Packaging were delighted to show Mr Street around their day-to-day operations and give him a deeper insight into the Kite brand. The organisation, which has expanded its Coventry operation and earned a place on the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Barometer earlier this year, is set for continued growth as it goes in to 2019. With a regional branch network across the UK this Coventry-based business also has sites in Rotherham, Swindon, Letchworth, Sittingbourne Portsmouth and Gateshead, as well as an Environmental Compliance business and a leading ecommerce offering. Coventry and Warwickshire’s Growth Hub’s Strategic Account Manager, Phil Peak, joined them as Mr Street explored Kite’s Coventry base and met with some of its employees. Kite’s key founding principle of a sense of partnership being at the heart of every good long term relationship has laid solid foundations as the Kite brand has grown over its 18 year history. Kite’s hard work and dedication to its sector did not go amiss, with Mr Street describing it as “a hidden gem in the Coventry economy.” Managing Partner, Gavin Ashe said: “On behalf of all the staff and partners at Kite Packaging, we’d like to thank Andy Street for the time he gave us. It was great to be able to talk about the opportunities and difficulties that we all face.” If you would like find out any more information about Kite Packaging or the services they offer please visit kitepackaging.co.uk.  

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