Leading aluminium foil container manufacturer Nicholl Food Packaging has invested over £150,000 in new equipment and staff training at its Cannock manufacturing facility as part of its continuing expansion and development programme.

The latest initiatives have been introduced to further increase production efficiencies and deliver enhanced levels of customer service.

Additional automated systems have been installed in the factory, providing faster collation and packing and a swift transfer to finished goods. The company says these systems will help to increase production throughput and enable it to react even more quickly to both ongoing customer orders and last minute requests.

The company has also invested in a new shredder and extraction system to enable the more efficient handling of the aluminium from the production process, which can then be returned for reprocessing.

Nearly 60 employees from Nicholl, meanwhile, are undertaking NVQ level 2 training, covering Manufacturing Operations, and Warehousing and Storage. Both courses have been designed not only to enhance employees’ individual skills in specific tasks but also to encourage them to take an holistic view of their operation in order to be able to make a contribution to the overall improvement of the business.

“We recognise that our customers are operating in fast moving and highly competitive markets, and that the on-time and reliable supply of quality containers is of paramount importance to them,” comments Nicholl Food Group Manufacturing Director Steve Pinhorne.

“Our focus is therefore not only on maintaining the highest manufacturing standards but equally on ensuring we have fully trained and committed staff who can deliver the same levels of service.”




Notes to Editors:

Established in 1989, Nicholl Food Packaging Group is a market leading producer and distributor of aluminium products used predominantly within the food industry, supplying key sectors such as convenience foods and ready meals, meat and poultry, fish, bakery, and wholesale. The company headquarters in Cannock, UK, feature state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and it has subsidiary operations in Germany (Bachmann AluminiumVerpackungen) and France and Belgium (Ecopla). Nicholl Food Packaging has a turnover of around £60million and employs nearly 350 people throughout its locations.



The investment at Nicholl Food Packaging includes additional automated systems.