Southgate is one of Europe’s leading packaging companies, evolving the industrial packaging and order fulfilment sectors through innovation, productivity and trusted product brands.
Clive Turner, Sales Director at Southgate, speaks to Warehouse & Logistics News.
What are your best-known products/solutions/services?
As an industry leader, Southgate is committed to developing alternative, sustainable products to expand our current range and significantly reduce packaging waste and plastic content. For example, over the past year we have launched several new sustainable products including another Paper Tape Dispenser and Void Fill, with many more innovations to come.
We are particularly proud of our range of Water Activated Tape, Packing Stations, Trolleys and Carts, which continue to enable businesses to increase their efficiency and productivity, following the Pacplan motto ‘everything to hand’.
Which industry sectors are your customers in and which ones are growing fastest?
Logistics and Retail are two key sectors for us, but the fastest growing is e-commerce following the recent boom in online shopping as a result of the pandemic.
With such a huge increase in demand, we are taking responsibility by giving our customers sustainable packaging solutions, reducing waste and plastic content, whilst feeding into the consumer shift for more eco-friendly packaging products.
What are the major trends and developments affecting your category and your customers, and how are you responding?
There are two key themes trending in the sector – the boom in e-commerce which is set to treble in the next four years and the sustainability drive across the market, especially in light of the Plastic Packaging Tax which will take affect from April 2022.
We are focused on catering for the increase in demand for general packaging and storage/logistics solutions whilst developing new product innovations, with plans to have a suite of eco-friendly options available for every product.
How does business in 2021 compare to previous years? What’s your strategy for succeeding in the current climate?
Despite the impact of Covid-19 and after what has been a turbulent year, Southgate has reported significant growth, nearly doubling its turnover figure. Looking ahead, a key goal for us is to develop and promote the idea of a circular economy, to inspire businesses on an international scale to embrace the global solution to eliminating waste. In addition, we are focused on keeping lead times to a minimum, improving the supply chain, and have increased our stockholding to aid demand.
What’s the latest news from your company?
As part of our continued focus on product innovation for the sustainability market, Southgate is developing a range of new, eco-friendly packaging solutions. We consider ourselves to be at the forefront of development and have embarked on a challenge to enhance our product range with sustainable options for all industries.
Are you taking part in any major trade shows? Can you tell us what you’ll be exhibiting there?
This year, Southgate will be exhibiting at IntraLogisteX in July and PPMA in September, showcasing a wide range of machinery and packaging solutions, with a focus on our sustainable product range. We are also excited to announce that we will be exhibiting once again at Packaging Innovations in February 2022.
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