Meat box supplier plans £1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a £1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

The move, at its Skipton, North Yorkshire plant, will provide “urgently needed additional space”, the company reported.

Northern Paper Board currently produces 18 million boxes a year for the meat, poultry and fish sectors, but hopes to expand production by 40%.

Northern Paper Board managing director John Curran explained: “We completed our existing building in 2010 and are now literally bursting at the seams. The project will allow the business to grow significantly.
“We have already shown solid year-on-year growth, from £5.4m to £10.5m annual turnover over the past five years. We can now confidently expect to achieve a further 20% per year growth.
“We currently have the capacity to produce 18 million boxes per year. With our existing staff alone, we have the potential to increase manufacturing capacity by up to 40%, or 25 to 30 million boxes per year when the new building is fully operational. We plan to introduce two shifts and want to see our turnover grow to up to £35m over the next seven years.”

Sales director Paul Curran said the new building offered the company greater flexibility: “We have a fast-expanding customer base and will be able to service it more effectively, as well as move into new and emerging markets, particularly niche sectors.
“We do business with some major players, though we will still look after smaller customers, providing a single pallet of printed boxes if need be.
“In addition, we are now producing corrugated boxes, which we have not done in the past and this will open new opportunities for us. We also currently outsource some of our products and these will be brought in-house.”

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