Weedon PSC, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) and Point of Sale (POS) units, has completed a major restructuring of its factory at Hednesford, Staffordshire, to improve efficiency and increase capacity.
When the company first moved to the site almost 30 years ago, it operated from three units on the Anglesey Business Park, but continued growth over the years led to the acquisition of another nine units. Over the last few months, Weedon PSC has demolished almost all of the walls between its individual units to create a massive 80,000 sq. ft working space.
This will enable the company to reposition its machinery, rationalising production and logistics and increasing efficiency, and will make room for new equipment which is already on order including a new taping machine and additional conversion equipment. Together this will generate new capacity to fulfil emerging market demands, particularly for packaging for online retail. This restructuring is part of the Weedon Group’s expansion plan which, along with significant investment in new machinery, will see turnover increase to over £20 million.
At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to upgrade its heating, lighting and insulation to improve the environmental impact of its factory, in line with its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
John Weedon, Managing Director of Weedon PSC, commented:
“Over the next six months, we will reposition all of our existing machinery and introduce new equipment. As a result, we will be able to support a large rise in output, especially in the area of eCommerce and retail ready corrugated packaging.
“Packaging for online retail is forecast to be one of the key growth areas of 2018 and, with our expertise in retailer requirements related to the RRP and POS display market and both graphic and structural design resource in i2i europe, to complement our manufacturing operation, the Weedon Group is ideally placed to meet growing customer demand in this area.
“By reorganising our workspace, we have both improved the efficiency of existing production and made space for new machinery to meet new challenges.”