Atlas Packaging narrowly missed out on being named as the best SME Packaging Company in the UK at the industry’s showcase awards in London on Tuesday night (30 Oct) hosted by TV presenter Colin Murray. The UK Packaging Awards covers the entire packaging sector and the Barnstaple based firm was up against stiff competition from packaging firms across the UK. Thanking the awards organiser Packaging News, Atlas Managing Director Jason Sharman said:
“This is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted for Atlas Packaging and testament to how we run our business in Devon. We reinvest in our state of the art machinery, we support our great team of people and we’re also very active in our community so we’re delighted the judges were impressed with all this hard work to place us in the final four.”
Atlas MD Jason Sharman, seen here on the right, presenting a prize at the National Cheese Awards in 2018
Atlas Packaging impressed the judging panel with its ability to create consistently high quality products with outstanding customer service combined with continued investment in its production teams and plant. Despite a challenging year of external uncertainty and rising costs, the corrugated packaging company increased its turnover from £15.6M in 2016/17 to £17M in 2017/18. Sales Director Mark Leverton highlighted how the firm’s investment in new machinery has led to reduced packaging costs for customers:
“Our £1.75M investment in a CUIR Rotoflexo bespoke printing machine brings with it the opportunity for our customers to reduce the cost of their packaging by up to two thirds. Being at the forefront of flexo printing we are developing skills that produce fine detail printing on corrugated that now rivals the look of the more expensive Litho printing method.”
The Cuir Rotoflexo printing machine at Atlas Packaging
The company also invested in a new three hundred and fifty thousand pounds Duran multi-point gluer in anticipation of further growth in crash lock boxes and is continuing to expand its capabilities with another million pounds worth of investment in machinery. With free gym membership for all employees and giving them their birthday as an additional day’s leave – Atlas is recognised locally as an outstanding employer. Mr Sharman says the company has placed its vision and four core values at the heart of its five year business blueprint, demonstrating those values on a daily basis. The business recycles almost everything from its production process with plastic and shrink wrapping separated at source and the installation of solar panels for electricity along with a biomass boiler for heating and hot water this past year.