The UK’s leading supplier continues to take the packaging sector by storm as it is awarded Packaging Distributor of the Year in the GHP Pharma Packaging & Manufacturing Awards 2018 for the second year running.

As a premier packaging supplier with a philosophy of employee-ownership, Kite Packaging has been continuously innovating since its formation in 2001 and the firm’s speciality is looking after large customers with complex packaging requirements, they work largely in the value added industries of automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical.

Kite’s Managing Partner, Gavin Ashe explores how the business has worked to achieve this premier packaging status, how far it has come since it began and their plans for the future:

“Founded 16 years ago, Kite is now one of the country’s leading packaging suppliers. From day one we set out to partner with customers who saw the value in a solution provider rather than just another packaging supplier. We look after some of UK’s leading manufacturers and distributors providing support and engineered solutions from the first design concept, to trials and prototypes, to packing process and customer experience, even to end of life recycling and environmental compliance.

“Although much has changed since we began, our client focus remains the same. From the moment Kite Packaging was founded, we established it as an employee-owned business so that every single employee could share in the benefits that come from giving great customer service. Our belief in employee ownership is a key founding principle of Kite Packaging because at the heart of every good long-term relationship there has to be a sense of partnership. With our employee partners, our customer partners and our supplier partners there is the simple truth that what is in the long term good of one has to be in the long term good of the other. This has allowed us to invest in our business to build a truly great platform from which to service our customers, support our suppliers and grow our employees.”

Today, Kite has a dedicated in-house team of load retention specialists in which they have heavily invested in. One area in which the firm specifically focuses on is in relation to highlight testing. Kite can work out the containment forces involved in the palletisation process, and can work out how packages can be safely transported. To continue to do this and adapt its service offering, the firm has to work to continue supporting its valued staff, and as such this is a part of Kite’s ongoing mission.

With regards to the future, Gavin foresees even greater success for Kite as the firm works to continue innovating and creating unique solutions to meet the needs of this rapidly evolving industry.

“Looking ahead, we continue to be ambitious for growth. Recently, we launched our aerospace and defence division which specialise in this highly regulated area, and going forward we will continue to adapt and enhance our service offering to ensure continued excellence for our clients. The pharmaceutical market has for many years been sheltered by high margins from the need to minimise packaging, but we think that economic pressures and far greater awareness of the environmental impact of wasteful packaging will encourage a more proactive approach, and we aim to be at the forefront of this as we look towards a bright and exciting future.”

For more information about Kite Packaging’s products and services, please visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk.