A Norfolk packaging printer has reported a 30 per cent growth in production in the four years since it gained BRC certification and entered the food packaging market – with its products now on the shelves of every major supermarket.
Rackheath-based Polyprint has also increased its workforce by 10 per cent, and recently announced a £1 million investment in one of the most sophisticated flexographic printing presses in Europe.
The printer reported its busiest ever month in September, and is now working around the clock to keep up with demand.
Polyprint first achieved BRC certification– allowing it to produce food packaging materials – in autumn 2010. Since then it has seen growth in every year, with production by the end of 2014 set to be over 30 per cent above 2011 levels. Some areas of the business have grown even faster, with the production of wicketed bags (for products such as bread bags and banana bags) up by 19 per cent this year alone.
“By making ambitious investments, and by ensuring we remain flexible and quick to respond, we have created an expanding business, with growth in the food packaging market particularly strong,” said Polyprint managing director Jonathan Neville.
“Not only has that growth secured skilled jobs in Norfolk as we come out of the recession, but we have increased our workforce by around 10 per cent over three years. We are now running a three-shift pattern around the clock to keep up with demand.”