Antalis Packaging is one of Europe’s leading packaging experts. This expertise helps businesses to optimise their packaging process and space, overcome sustainability challenges, reduce costs, minimise transit damage and enhance the customer experience.
Antalis’ Smart Packaging Centre also features the latest machinery and testing equipment to demonstrate innovative ways to pack products and enhance the customer experience.
Scott Byrom, Head of Business Development – Packaging at Antalis Packaging, speaks to Warehouse & Logistics News.
What are your best-known products/solutions/services?
Antalis offers packaging solutions, products and services to enable an efficient and economical packaging process using the correct materials. We offer professional consultation and advice on how to not only optimise your packaging, but also the entire logistical process.
Which industry sectors are your customers in and which ones are growing fastest?
We deal with all sectors, but have successful results in ecommerce, food and drink, logistics, manufacturing, retail and automotive.
What are your most recent product innovations?
We have introduced several new products that contain at least 30% recycled plastic, the threshold that makes them exempt from PPT, including everything from mailing bags to stretch film. We are looking at introducing grass and straw-based packaging with trials underway. Antalis is also adding lightweight 10 and 12 micron stretch films.
What are the major trends and developments affecting your category and your customers, and how are you responding?
Sustainability remains key, and we have expanded our range of ‘green’ packaging and environmental services. All packaging materials purchased from us can now be carbon offset.
We have appointed John Garner as Head of Innovation, Sustainability and Design. John and the team are helping customers to calculate the CO2 of their packaging and recommend new solutions that reduce emissions. We’ve recently appointed sustainability champions and implemented the new Green Star System and Green Card to help customers make sustainable choices.
Can you tell us about any recent customer contracts and how you helped the customer meet their challenges?
Making a sustainable choice and reducing the carbon footprint doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, as shown in the following examples:
A retailer distributing clothing to over 100 stores, had been using one box type for 12 years. Our team carried out a packaging audit to identify savings. The solution was a taller narrower box that created efficiencies throughout the picking, packing and logistics.
Another is a global leader in PC components. They wanted universal packaging for different sized hard drives. The packaging needed to reduce handling, storage and administration, and protect the product. We designed a recyclable and universal pack allowing ultra-fast packaging.
How does business in 2023 compare to previous years? What’s your strategy for succeeding in the current climate?
2023 has been challenging for us all. 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, people, innovation and solutions.
What’s the latest news from your company?
We recently launched our new eShop in conjunction with the new Antalis website www.antalis.co.uk, giving customers time-crucial access to our product range and real time stock information – allowing 24 hour, faster buying and access to account details.
Can you tell us about any areas where you’re currently making technical advances eg safety, sustainability, environment?
Our Smart Packaging Centre features a packaging automation demonstration suite and packaging design studio. The latest developments in automation are showcased, including carton and bagging machinery, and air cushion and paper technologies that wrap, cushion and protect products.
New testing equipment has been introduced so we can carry out material and packaging testing in-house – including a new Box Compression Testing Machine.
Are you investing in staff training and skills development?
To meet our growth ambitions Antalis Packaging has appointed three new managers: Alan Frampton in the South, Ben Oakes in the North and Kim Allen as Business Team Development Manager to support growth in National and new Business Accounts.
We’re delighted that Ciara O’Driscoll from our design team received Highly Commended in the UK Packaging Awards, Rising Star category.
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