Following its recent move to new premises, Sovereign – a leading supplier of take away packaging to the upmarket food and coffee to-go industries – has used the services of Thorworld Industries to successfully install an enabling new loading platform within its warehouse facility.

Sovereign, a company that successfully supplies its packaging to companies including EAT, Vital Ingredient, Pure and Venus relocated its operation in June last year to a 54,253 sq. ft. warehouse in Leighton Buzzard. However, with no loading dock in place, a solution to accommodate and streamline the company’s significant loading and unloading needs had to be sourced.

“Our business relies on effective container loading and unloading facilities”, explains company founder and chairperson, Barbara Feldman, “and while the new Leighton Buzzard premises has recently been refurbished, and offers improved logistical benefits, we knew we would have to source and install a suitable loading solution for the building to be truly effective.”

A supplier recommended the services of Darmax UK, an authorised and highly reliable distributor of Thorworld Industries’ loading dock solutions. A bespoke solution was configured by the Thorworld team that would make logical use of two of the building’s existing level access doors. Designed for internal installation, the platform featured two dock levellers, one aligned to each door; two double sara LBS has installed two new dock levellers at one of the UK’s largest food production facilities, replacing older units that were approaching the end of their design life and ensuring that demanding supermarket delivery schedules can be met. The factory employs around 200 people and has regularly invested in new plant and technology. It produces 1,000,000 individual items a day, including many leading brands, which are distributed to retail networks in the UK and overseas. It is located to facilitate excellent transport logistic: being adjacent to a major motorway, several rail lines and with immediate access to several seaports. To make the most of these transport links dispatch has to be an efficient operation with trucks arriving and leaving throughout the day to meet demanding UK delivery schedules and to coordinate with ship departures.

The project to design and install the new dock levellers was headed up by Alan Ryder, Area Sales Manager for sara LBS. hinged barriers to the front and three to the rear; treadplate decking; and access steps with a side platform.

The apparatus’s design meant the equipment could be relocated if required, giving Sovereign the option to dismantle the equipment and transport it to new premises if necessary in the future.

“We were extremely pleased with the loading platform’s design and its subsequent, very efficient installation, which was completed by a skilled team of engineers, at a fair price.”


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