Audenshaw’s MP Andrew Gwynne recently visited Weedon Corrugated Products to officially open their new ‘corrugator’.
Weedon’s is one of the country’s leading independent manufacturers of corrugated cardboard packaging and it currently employs over 100 people at their site at the Arrow Trading Estate on Corporation Road in Audenshaw.
The company is expanding further into the high-end printed Retail Ready Packaging market and this move has been made possible by investment in a new state-of-the-art corrugator. This will enable it to introduce a new range of environmentally friendly, economical board grades, which are ideal for retail ready packaging and which the company is calling ‘Less-flute’.
Less-flute is a new type of board, launched in response to the retail market’s growing demand for better print quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Less-flute uses eco-friendly paper in a new flute profile, which is thinner than B flute but delivers a similar performance. The new corrugator means Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to produce Less‑flute and the other new board grades in-house, which will give the company greater control over costs, quality and production schedules, thus enhancing its service to its customers.
John Weedon, Managing Director of Weedon Corrugated Products, said:
“These new board grades are a major breakthrough for the retail side of the corrugated packaging market, addressing two of the biggest factors which concern our customers – quality and cost. By installing this new corrugator we are able to introduce the benefits of Less-flute to our customers. We can also increase our capacity, control board quality and enhance the service we offer.
“At the same time, this acquisition represents a significant milestone for Weedon Corrugated Products. It is a major capital investment in the company and enables us to expand our range of products within the retail and point of sale markets.”
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I was delighted to be invited to officially open the new corrugator at Weedon’s and hear about how their investment in this new equipment will enable them to expand their business to produce environmentally-friendly board grades right here at their plant here in Audenshaw.
I wish them continued success in the future.”