Antalis Packaging is Europe’s’ leading packaging expert. This expertise helps businesses to optimise their packaging process and space, reduce costs, minimise transit damage and enhance the customer experience. Antalis Packaging offers solutions for packing, protecting, storing, dispatching or transporting.
Scott Byrom, Business Development Manager at Antalis Packaging, speaks to Warehouse & Logistics News.
What are your best-known products/solutions/services?
Antalis Packaging offers packaging solutions to a wide range of challenges, across the UK, whether it is a bespoke pack design, new packaging, or machinery. We are also known for our range of specialist packaging products – from boxes and boards, void fill, tapes, shrink and stretch films to strapping and automated equipment.
We have an unrivalled machinery sales team and engineers, who can offer support selecting the best equipment and provide installation, training and maintenance services. We also offer a free consultation service where we identify when machinery can provide improvements.
Which industry sectors are your customers in and which ones are growing fastest?
We can work with anyone who wants help with packing, protecting, storing, dispatching or transporting goods.
The surge in online sales means that businesses need to put measures in place to make sure they are ready for what’s coming next. The answer lies in maximising efficiency, making every part of your operation work hard. One of the most efficient ways to increase efficiency is automation. At Antalis we can recommend and provide machinery, materials and real solutions.
What are your most recent product innovations?
Our Smart Packaging Centre (SPC) is Antalis’ ‘state-of-the art’ lab which has recently relocated to maximise efficiency. Here we help customers resolve packaging-related issues by coming up with designs and solutions to packaging challenges. We’ve been supporting customers with COVID related challenges and helping them improve efficiencies and prepare for the forthcoming peak season.
Antalis Packaging has recently strengthened its environmental portfolio with the introduction of new airspeed renew air bags. This addition to its range of air cushion film comes ahead of the 2022 Plastic Packaging Tax, designed to encourage use of recycled plastics. Designed for use with the Mini PAK’R and Pro PAK’R air cushioning and void fill machines by Pregis, the new Airspeed Renew air bags are made from film containing 50% post-consumer recycled content and are 100% recyclable.
Antalis is also looking to introduce several other products made from more than 30% post-consumer waste throughout the year including stretch films and bubble wrap.
What are the major trends and developments affecting your category and your customers, and how are you responding?
Packaging has changed and consumer habits have altered. Adapting and evolving packaging to a new post-pandemic future will be key to sustainable and efficient packaging. Businesses need to keep up with the demands and expectations of modern consumers.
We are expanding our range of ‘green’ packaging essentials and our environmental services such as carbon offsetting and waste management. For example, ALL packaging materials purchased can now be carbon offset.
Using the services of our Smart Packaging Centre we can carry out a review of any packaging operation and create solutions to improve sustainability. The environmental impact of a pack is an essential consideration of the design process and is primarily decided at this crucial stage.
Can you tell us about any recent customer contracts and how you helped the customer meet their challenges?
Our client Ansell Lighting needed to make improvements to cope with an increase in distribution. Antalis conducted an audit and our recommendations helped them achieve benefits including saving approximately 30% on materials. We introduced new machines, environmentally friendly packaging, customised packing benches, improved workstation efficiency and freed up warehouse space.
Antalis Packaging’s team in the South East helped a bicycle retailer fulfil the soaring demand for online sales. Finding a supplier for packaging that was easy to assemble and handle, or that could cater for a variety of bicycle sizes proved difficult, so the owner of the shop asked us to help. The result is a bespoke box design in three different sizes to accommodate small, medium and large sized bicycles.
Another client was distributing components for the manufacture of equipment – however the packaging was not protecting the goods. It also contained plastic, was labour intensive to construct and was wasteful with materials. By collaborating with Antalis, this client achieved sustainable benefits (removing a plastic bag and reducing board) – and overall cost and efficiency savings where achieved.
A new Business Card box solution was designed by Antalis to reduce the use of plastic. The new recyclable box is made from FSC-certified board and has eliminated the use of plastic and secondary packaging materials.
How does business in 2021 compare to previous years? What’s your strategy for succeeding in the current climate?
2020-21 has been challenging for us all. For us at Antalis Packaging this has led to new opportunities as clients are coming to us to find solutions. We will continue to invest in new products and new solutions.
Can you tell us about any areas where you’re currently making technical advances?
Customers want solutions that help them to reduce their environmental impact, increase the use of sustainable materials (and remove the use of plastic) and lessen their overall use of raw material for each package so they can reduce their carbon footprint and support a circular economy.
We recently conducted a survey which showed that 66% of companies are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly packaging products. As a result, we have launched our packaging initiative, ‘Protect the Future’, which covers our whole value chain, from sourcing through to recycling, to make sustainable packaging possible, and support customers with their environmental challenges.