Happy employees, happy customers!

Protective Packaging Ltd recognise that, while we believe we produce the best, most effective and innovative packaging solutions in the industry, our success is dependent on our highly committed, dedicated, experienced and skilled employees.

Two of our Company mantras are

“No company is any better than the individual performances of the people in the company” and “Quality is everyone’s business”.

This is because we appreciate everyone’s contribution to our success and that every person in the business plays their part in ensuring we deliver quality.

Although we continue to grow as a global market leader and attract new talent to further our ambitions, we are proud of the fact that we retain many of our employees (and their knowledge and expertise) for decades. In fact, just in the past month, two members of our team celebrated working with us for 20 years. This experience of our employees combined with our constant innovation mean we can always find a solution to any packaging need.

We believe a happy, motivated, supported, highly trained and dedicated team delivers you the high standard of service you expect from us. We therefore strive to make sure our employees know we appreciate their efforts and have a number of initiatives to support this.

Currently, we are planning our quarterly Company lunch for all employees. As this Quarter end falls on Halloween, our lunch will have a spooky theme – no costumes as we have strict health and safety guidelines on what can be worn while manufacturing our products – but lots of treats (and maybe a few tricks) over the lunch.

Each month, Quarter and annually we reward those employees who go the extra mile in their role. We also encourage all our employees for their ideas on how they think we can do things better, with a monthly reward for the best suggestion. This means we are constantly improving our systems and processes to make them more efficient, effective and productive.

With so much experience within our business, our Buddy System assists with cross-skilling and knowledge-sharing across the company. Each Quarter every employee is set a quality, learning and training objective, and if they successfully achieve their quality objectives, train a colleague in a new skill and learn or develop something new, they will attract a bonus. The success of this system which is now in its’ third year of implementation, means quality is the focus of all we do, and that we have a multi-skilled, highly trained and constantly developing workforce.

The well-being of our employees is important to us and we have a number of schemes to support this including, with winter on the way, offering a free flu vaccination to all staff.

We are also coming to that time of year when we can all look forward to our annual Christmas party and have just selected our meal choices for the night. Featuring a canapé reception, aerial acrobatics, delicious meal followed by coffee & chocolates, high tempo dance routines, disco, midnight breakfast and much more, it promises to be a fantastic evening where everyone in the business can celebrate their contribution to another successful year with Protective Packaging.

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Why use Barrier Foil Packaging?

Barrier foils are a niche product and perhaps you have never heard of them. One thing is certain however, the applications for their use are limitless.
Moisture content influences the physical properties of a substance such as weight, density, viscosity, refractive index and electrical conductivity amongst other things. So when your customer goes to process that highly engineered polymer or speciality chemical you have carefully manufactured the moisture content is key.

Barrier foils have a transmission rate that is 80 times lower than a standard polyethylene liner. To me and you that means it is 80 times more effective at keeping moisture out. It works the other way too. If you want to retain particular moisture content of your product a Barrier foil liner will stop your product from drying out.

Dried product protection is not the only arena where Barrier foils are king. Corrosion prevention is another key application it lends its hand to. A sealed Barrier foil liner with a carefully calculated amount of desiccant will ensure relative humidity stays well below the 40% at which corrosion of metals will occur. Protective Packaging can even fit an indicator to your Barrier foil bag so you can monitor this.

Protective Packaging has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing custom Barrier foil liners for a wide variety of industries, all over the globe. Our experience allows us to have the insight and knowledge of which particular Barrier foil and format would best suit a requirement. Now that is something you can’t bag!

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ZIPPER POUCHES

Zipper pouches are designed to offer the benefits of a barrier foil laminate pouch with the addition of a re-sealable zipper for products which may not be used all at once.  The zipper allows the pack to be re-sealed and the product quality maintained.  Typical uses are medical diagnostic kits, chemical samples, dried food additives such as herbs, disinfectant wipes.  The pouch can be tamper evident, made with a top seal above the zipper and the bottom open, ensuring that the zipper is not damaged or contaminated during filling.

We are usually able to offer as few as 1,000 zipper pouches.  The minimum size for a flat zipper pouch is 50mm x 50mm and maximum size is 600mm x 600mm.

Other features available are:

• Tear Notches

• Rounded Corners

• Euro Slot

• Flap

• Tape

• Printing

We can also supply stand up pouches minimum 75mm wide, maximum 220mm wide x 275mm long (265mm long with zipper).

 

Please contact our Customer Support team for more information.

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Training at Protective Packaging

Here at Protective Packaging Ltd, we make sure our new staff is fully trained to make sure we can help with whatever our customers need from us.

I’ve been tasked to help our customer support team to fully understand the way we design and manufacture various Barrier Foil Bags.

We manufacture Barrier Foil Bags for lots of different applications, such as Machinery, Powders, and Adhesives to give them climatic protection as our Barrier Foil allows for protection from moisture, corrosion and odour transfer.

3-Dimensional Barrier Foil Bag to protect products from corrosion and moistureHand Held Heat Sealer Demonstration

 

 

 

We have been manufacturing barrier foil packaging since 1988, myself and colleague Paul Walker have a joint 39 years assisting customers at PPL and a total of 80 years in the packing industry, take a look at the below, I spotted when having a clear out! 

Old Image of employee heat sealing a box bag

If you would like further information then call us on 0161 976 2006 or email info@protpack.com

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Surviving the test of time!

When you were younger, did you ever bury a time capsule in the hope that someone will find it in the future? Well most of us did, so when John Mckenzie from the Shetland Amenity Trust called to tell us how they had found a time capsule when restoring their town hall in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles and believed it to be protected in our Barrier Foil PP250, we were delighted!

John went on to describe how amazed and grateful they all were to find that the items packaged in PP250 and contained in the time capsule were in immaculate condition, yet they had been underground for 21 years – Due to the use of PP250 Barrier Foil, it has meant that the artefacts were not able to be affected by oxygen ingress and water vapour transmission throughout its undisturbed years underground.

The Shetland Amenity Trust has decided that they are going to bury the time capsule again in anticipation for the next generation to find it in the same condition they have, so we have gratefully supplied them with a fresh roll of our PP250 with confidence that it will protect their artefacts for the next 100 years!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Shetland Amenity Trust for allowing us to be a part of such an important piece of their island’s history and wish them every success with the restoration of their town hall.

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Packaging the most unusual & challenging of Applications

Being a part of the Sales & Customer Support team offers such a variety of tasks; literally, no two days are the same. One of the most interesting and rewarding parts of the role is working with our customers to come up with a packaging solution for the most unusual and challenging product/application.

With a large range of barrier foil laminates at our disposal, we can select the most appropriate material to protect your products from moisture, odour transfer, oxygen ingress, U.V. light and temperature extremes. We can offer various styles of 2D & 3D bags and add other elements such as desiccant, humidity indicators, degassing valves and damage indicators where appropriate.

With years of experience in all areas of the business, we can offer innovative designs to the most challenging problem. Many of the designs that we have worked on with our customers have been recognised by industry awards.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Sales & Customer Support team if you have a packaging product that you would like to discuss with one of our team.

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Customer Support on the Road..

Over the past week or so, I have had the opportunity to go out on the road with one of our sales development managers, Paul Walker, visiting customers.
After a caffeine pit stop and a few more miles on the road, we met with our first customer of the day. This customer, in particular, uses our
PP005 Material which is one of our more resistant materials that are approved for use within the military.

Their chosen format was a 100metre tube roll format which once packed and cut to size, you need to hermetically seal the barrier foil to get the best from it. We demonstrated our HZ30 constant heat sealer on the shop floor to show them how the sealing temperature can be altered to suit the laminate which they are using to create a quick and perfect hermetic seal as well as how the use of a foot operated pedal and table screw clamp can make it more time efficient and effortless for them to seal their tailor made barrier foil.

Needless to say, they were extremely impressed but the day didn’t stop there! We gathered our things, clambered into the car and headed off over the hills to the east where we met our next customer, an export packer who has recently opened a new unit. This particular export packer uses our barrier foil bags, which help them to package and seal large items with ease. It was great to see how our barrier foil was wrapped around such large items, then placed into a larger blue case lined crates and loaded onto a shipping container ready for their trip across the sea!

Speaking of shipping goods, I’ve also learned a lot about freight and shipping here at Protective Packaging Ltd. I have been processing orders for all types of products such as F.I.B.C Liners ready to be put to use in Eastern Europe, hot fill Drum Liners travelling to the East Coast of America and not to mention the thousands of Bespoke Barrier Laminated Bags and Pouches for applications ranging from Export Packaging down to the packaging of Dried Snacks.

Protective Packaging Ltd is very big on ensuring that internal knowledge of the business and our products are expanded throughout all their employees especially to us on Customer Support so that when you have a query, we can give you the best possible advice.

Author: Ian Tarry

If you have a query, please call us on 0161 976 2006 ext 2.

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Should have gone to Specsavers!

At Protective Packaging, we are well stocked with years of experience, readily available to help our customers with their barrier foil requirements.

Quite often, customers approach us with issues about inspecting the internals of a foil bag once it has been hermetically sealed. This could be due to customs clearance, inspection of products during transit, or the ability to monitor humidity levels inside of the bag but the list really does go on as to why our customers may need the contents of their High Barrier Foil packaging inspected!

As most of our foil laminates used to make 2D/3D bags contain a layer of aluminium, there is no way to see into the bag, without breaking the hermetic seal. To avoid having to do this and causing moisture damage to the products that you are trying to protect during transit or storage, we have a clear, high barrier, flexible material available which can be implemented in different formats:

Viewing Window:

A viewing window can be fitted in your preferred location of the High Barrier Foil Bag and to make sure that we get the location correct, we will first send you a drawing of your bag indicating the position of the window for your approval! Inserting a viewing window into your bag means that you can see inside the bag without breaking the seal, meaning that the high levels of moisture protection that barrier foil offers are maintained.

Humidity Indicator:

If you need to check the levels of the humidity within your packaged product during shipment, we can fit your packaging with a viewing window complete with a humidity indicator card which shows you the level of humidity within your bag easily.

Viewing Panel:

If you need more than just a small viewing window, maybe for customs clearance, we are able to manufacture a bag that has a whole panel made from our clear material. This is a tried and tested solution for the passing of the product through customs inspections without having to open the bag and expose your product to moisture damage. Just let us know which panel of the 3D barrier foil bag will need to be viewable to customs, and with an approved drawing from yourself, we will be able to create a unique barrier foil bag to suit your needs.

If you would like to enquire about our PPCC1 material, then contact our customer support team on 0161 976 2006 ext 2.

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Box Liners Protect your Assets!

Having recently moved home it, of course, meant that a “few” boxes joined us along the way to our new home!

I have a tendency to be very organised so prior to the big house move, I was packing our stuff up on a weekly basis and shipping the boxes off to my dutiful parents’ house. Unfortunately, my parents also didn’t have the space to store all our stuff in their house so the boxes were downgraded to garage accommodation!

Due to Britain’s unpredictable weather, particularly rainy Manchester, I wanted to get one step ahead and ensure that none of our belonging was going to be damaged by the unpredictable, wet climate!

To protect our belongings which ranged from food items all the way to electrical items, I ordered myself some Barrier Foil Box Liners which were custom made to fit the dimension of our corrugated boxes perfectly.

Barrier Foil Liners protect products that are susceptible to moisture and vapour damage during transportation or storage and by ordering through Protective Packaging Ltd, there was no minimum order quantity which made this the best packaging format and service for my needs at this time.

Buying a home, especially your first can be extremely stressful and emotional so the last thing I wanted was to be worrying about the condition of our belongings whilst in storage, however, Protective Packaging Ltd’s Barrier Foil Liners can also be advantageous to the dried product industry!

Some of our most popular applications are:

  • – Engineered Plastics
  • – Polymers and Resins
  • – Re-active Hot Melt Adhesives
  • – Pharmaceutical Intermediates
  • – Food Ingredients

For further information or a sample request, please contact our customer support team on 0161 976 2006 ext 2.

 

Author: Laura Carter, Accounts Department.

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Summer Company Lunch at Protective Packaging

Last week our Operational Support Manager Blogged about how Protective Packaging’s Company Lunches are arranged. Following on from that, Nicola from our Accounts Department wanted to give you an attendee’s view!

At Protective Packaging Ltd we like to keep everybody fully informed and up to date with what is happening within the company; so after the end of each quarter we all get together at our company lunch.

During the summer we like to arrange a garden party and have a BBQ. Sadly this month, the weather was not very kind to us, so rather than erecting Blue Case Lining for shade from the sun and covering the picnic tables with Aluminium Foil we had to use the canteen instead, however, PP0038 was still used to cover the serving tables.

During these company lunches, in addition to updates from the management team, we also celebrate awards handed to the nominated colleagues for the employee of the month award, the employee of the quarter award and finally, the super suggestion award. A Super Suggestion Award is awarded to an employee whose suggestion for a way to improve Protective Packaging Ltd’s service and commitment to their customers has been implemented!

We also celebrate special birthdays, announce engagements, weddings, and any new arrivals, be they new people joining the Protective Packaging Ltd family or colleagues on the arrival of their babies.

Our Customer Support team are ready and waiting for your call to discuss all your packaging needs, whether that is foil rolls, made to measure foil bags, drum liners or anything else from our vast list of aluminium foil packaging products.

Contact Customer Support on 0161 976 2006 ext 2

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