Drew Broughton (Sales Manager), Nigel Hobson (Operations Manager) and Richard Moore (General Manager) in front of the Tanabe multi point gluer.
Nick Hill

Packaging producer Cepac completes £2m expansion at East Yorkshire site

Cepac, the independent corrugated packaging producer, has completed a £2m expansion of its Rawcliffe site in East Yorkshire.

This development increases the production area by 35,000 sq ft, enabling new equipment installation, improved workflow and increasing capacity by over 20%.

The continued growth of the Rawcliffe site is the latest investment since Cepac acquired the business in 2013. In the last five years Cepac has more than doubled the turnover and created over 50 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at Rawcliffe to 135.

One of four production facilities operated by Cepac, the Rawcliffe operation specialises in bespoke corrugated supply chain solutions, covering a wide range of sectors.

This latest development has allowed the site to restructure workflow and assembly areas, which includes a new hand assembly section.

Two Tanabe multi-point gluers and three stitching machines are now installed in the new production hall and downstream palletisation, strapping and stretchwrapping capabilities have all been enhanced as part of the investment programme.

The building improvements and new equipment enable Cepac Rawcliffe to extend its capability, including an expanded offering of stitched UN-approved boxes, designed for packaging and transporting hazardous goods including flammable, toxic or corrosive materials.

Richard Moore, general manager of the Rawcliffe operation, said: “This investment provides us with the additional space to invest in the latest machinery, enhance workflow and increase capacity. It is an exciting opportunity to develop and increase the services and products we can offer to our existing customers and new partners.

“We have a great team at Cepac Rawcliffe, combining skill, experience and innovation, which has grown significantly in recent years, as a result of the customer growth we have achieved based on our on-going investment programme. Rawcliffe is now a leader in its sectors within the corrugated industry”.

Drew Broughton, Cepac Rawcliffe sales manager, added: “Cepac has invested significantly in our operation over the last five years and our expanded offering has been developed to satisfy changing customer requirements, including the opportunity to replace other materials with fully corrugated solutions. Rawcliffe is now able to offer an unrivalled range of capabilities from our enlarged, streamlined and fully equipped facility.”

“The investment has been developed to provide high quality, innovative, packaging, including the capability to increase our provision of Hazardous Packaging solutions via our UN Accredited product range.

“Rawcliffe’s capability extends beyond its unrivalled range of high performance corrugated packaging, offering a level of customer service which is the best in the industry”.

Founded in 1999, Cepac has plants at Darlington, Doncaster and Rotherham, in addition to the Rawcliffe plant.

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