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    25th November 2020

    Green Light For Renewable Ink

    25th November 2020

    Green Light For Renewable Ink

    Caps Cases has given the go ahead to a ‘green’ overhaul of its entire ink system.

    The introduction of renewable ink is the latest step in Caps Cases’ drive towards being a carbon neutral organisation.

    The company’s inks are already water based, but this move will see the replacement of traditional binders and additives with natural and renewable materials, such as sugar, sugar cane, tree resin and vegetable oils. Traditional pigment concentrates will be replaced with newly developed varnishes thus reducing the resource related CO2 footprint of the printing ink.

    “We’ve run several print trials with the renewable ink and we’ve been really impressed with the results. We’re confident that the new ink produces a premium print quality that’s on par with that of our current water-based inks,” explains Wayne Booker, Print Manager at Caps Cases.

    The final step is to trial the ink on a variety of different substrates, before changing the entire print system over to renewable in the coming months.

    Wayne adds: “Corrugated cardboard is the leading sustainable packaging choice, due to its recyclability, reusable and biodegradable credentials. However, there is room for improvement from an ink perspective, and we’re confident that the introduction of renewable ink is a step in the right direction.”

    Healthy Herby is one of Caps Cases’ first customers to benefit from the new eco-friendly renewable ink.

    The Worcestershire-based company supplies premium hay and herbs to feed small herbivores, rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

    “To support the environment we decided to pack the hay in cardboard boxes as opposed to plastic bags,” explains Healthy Herby Founder Amanda Westwood.

    “Rabbits and guinea pigs enjoy playing in and gnawing the boxes, so the fact that the new ink is safe and plant-based is very important to us.”

    Amanda adds: “The team at Caps were great to work with. They were all very responsive and answered all our questions. The boxes were delivered on time and we are delighted with the design and quality of the printing.”

    For more information about Caps Cases’ high quality print capabilities, or to find out more about our packaging products contact the team today.

    To learn more about Healthy Herby and their range of products visit healthyherby.co.uk

    5th August 2020

    Caps Cases Moves Towards Renewable Ink

    5th August 2020

    Caps Cases Moves Towards Renewable Ink

    As part of our continuous improvement program and drive towards being a carbon neutral organisation we’ve started a project with our ink supplier that will see us develop a range of renewable inks.

    Our inks are already water based but this project will see us replacing traditional binders and additives with natural and renewable materials such as sugar, sugar cane, tree resin and vegetable oils. Traditional Pigment concentrates will be replaced with newly developed varnishes thus reducing the resource related CO2 footprint of the printing ink.

    Testing is underway and the initial results have been positive, we hope to have completed our trials and made the switch by December 2020.

    14th May 2020

    Caps Gets Crafty

    14th May 2020

    Caps Gets Crafty

    Caps Cases were recently involved in creating bespoke boxes for a unique kids clothing company based in Suffolk.

    Selfie Clothing produce customisable clothing that children can colour in to create their own works of art. Their range includes Colour In Tops and the all new Colour In Capes and Colour In Pyjama Sets.

    Caps Cases were asked to design and produce some funky home delivery boxes for the kits to be shipped to customers in. The boxes are fully recyclable and feature a high-end double-sided flexographic print.

    For more information about Caps Cases’ high quality print capabilities, or to find out ore about our e-commerce packaging products contact the team today.

     

    21st April 2020

    Home Delivery Boxes Boom

    21st April 2020

    Home Delivery Boxes Boom

    Lockdown has brought with it a huge spike in demand for home delivery services.

    The UK’s supermarkets have all increased the number of online delivery slots to meet the unprecedented demand.

    In fact, Tesco has achieved an increase in online capacity of 103% in the space of a few weeks, growth which would normally take years to achieve. Before the crisis, only about 7% of all groceries were bought online.

    Many businesses from various sectors have now turned to home delivery to enable them to continue serving their customers.

    With home delivery providing such an essential service to consumers, it’s never been more important to get the packaging right.

    Whatever your business, if you’re looking for a cost effective, environmentally sound way of getting your products delivered directly to your customers door we can help.

    Caps Cases has a huge range of existing cutting tools on site that can be utilised for:

    • Food delivery packs
    • Drinks packs
    • Presentation packs

    We can quickly develop graphics and customise your packaging to match your brand identity and present your products in a professional manner.

    Get in touch with a member of the team today to find out more.

     

    2nd April 2020

    You Can Count On CAPS

    2nd April 2020

    You Can Count On CAPS

    Environmentally friendly packaging for food and drinks

    We are aware that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing a level of uncertainty for everyone. During this difficult time, the welfare of our team is our top priority. However, as a supplier to many key food businesses, we also have a duty to continue production to support our customers who in turn are feeding the nation.

    Whilst we have lots of clients requesting our services, we do have capacity to cope with more shelf ready or retail ready packaging. We have a huge range of tooling available for SRP type packaging and if none of that is suitable our design team will be able to take your brief and turn a concept into a pack quickly and efficiently.

    Sourcing suitable packaging for food and drink can be a challenge. There’s a great deal to think about after all – protection, hygiene, presentation, shelf-life to name but a few.

    We provide a ‘one stop shop’ in that we can carry out all the structural design, graphic design and proofing under one roof. Our Newmarket and Glasgow production facilities house the very latest flexo-printing, die-cutting and gluing equipment. As such we can provide a quick response and control each aspect of the process from start to finish.

    As a corrugated manufacturer with a current BRC Grade AA status and FSC certification we specialise in delivering retail ready packaging to our clients. We have helped numerous customers to package a wide range of goods in a way that conveys the right message for that brand or product. We use water-based food safe inks and have a strict site hygiene program in place to ensure our packaging is safe for non-direct contact with foods.

    We are happy to discuss stock and serve arrangements and now successfully operate such arrangements with various customers and would love to hear from you.

    If you are looking to;

    • Reduce damage in transit
    • Rationalise the number of different boxes you use
    • Minimise your costs
    • Use eco-friendly packaging materials
    • Re use packaging

    We’d be delighted to talk to you about;

    • Retail Ready Packaging (RRPs)
    • Shelf Ready Packaging (SRPs)
    • Takeaway food packaging
    • Printed bespoke packaging
    • Cardboard food boxes

     

    We would like to thank all to our hardworking and dedicated staff who are enabling us to remain open and continue to support our customers.

    24th March 2020

    COVID-19 Update – Caps Cases remains open

    24th March 2020

    COVID-19 Update – Caps Cases remains open

    Following the latest guidance issued 23rd March we wanted to clarify the following.

    Caps Cases is designated as an essential business as we supply many food manufacturers and essential delivery companies. We are following the government guidance and staying open to support these key businesses.

    We continue to operate with a split shift, and with extra hygiene controls in place over and above those already in place as grade ‘AA’ BRC certificated site. Office staff are working from home where possible, and non-urgent visits to our sites have been postponed.

    We thank all our customers for your continued support. Please keep us informed as your situations change, and we will do the same from our side.

    From everyone at Caps Cases we’d like to extend our best wishes to you and your families in these challenging times. Stay Safe.

    29th January 2020

    Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Machine Upgrade

    29th January 2020

    Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Machine Upgrade

    Caps Cases has upgraded its self-seal taping capabilities, with the addition of a brand new taping machine.

    The top-of-the-range machine systematically applies double sided tape to cardboard boxes at four times the speed of Caps Cases’ previous taping machine, therefore increasing efficiency and workload capacity.

    “We have invested in our self-seal taping technology in order keep pace with the increasing demand for this type of packaging,” comments Commercial Director Jamie Bissett.

    “We see this as a product area that will continue to go from strength to strength.”

    Double-sided taped packaging is essential for many e-commerce businesses. Statistics suggest that anywhere between 25-50% of all internet orders are returned, with certain e-commerce sectors reporting higher numbers still.

    With this in mind Caps Cases has developed a range of e-commerce boxes that are designed to provide the receiver with the option of resealing the box and returning it to the sender, with minimal fuss.

    Our ‘hassle-free’ packaging is designed to suit your individual requirements and can be printed on the outside of the box, the inside, or both, depending on your preferences.

    Our dedicated retail packaging design team can create innovative packaging ideas that provide new ways to protect your products in transit and to present them perfectly to the consumer.

    Whether you are looking for returnable packaging solutions or a new way to promote your brand using flexographic or digital printing, Caps Cases are here to help you create frustration-free solutions for a positive consumer experience.

    For more information on our new taping machine or our e-commerce packaging, contact the team on 01638 667326 or email us sales@capscases.co.uk

    8th November 2019

    Gin Is The Tipple Of Choice This Christmas

    8th November 2019

    Gin Is The Tipple Of Choice This Christmas

    Tipple Box has revealed this year’s must-have Christmas present for Gin lovers – a Yard of Gin. But what makes this gift even more special is that it’s packaged in a decorative gift box manufactured by none other than Caps Cases!

    The Yard of Gin from Tipple Box is a world-exclusive limited edition gift and features a hand-picked selection of twelve gins to sample from distilleries across Great Britain.

    When Caps Cases of Newmarket were approached by leading Gin and cocktail gift retailer Tipple Box, to come up with a bespoke design for the Yard of Gin packaging we jumped at the chance to be involved.

    Working with the client, Caps Cases’ in-house design team came up with a unique and sophisticated design that fulfilled the brief and met all the specifications.

    “The box design is long and thin with separate vertical and horizontal dividers to safely accommodate the individual bottles of Gin,” explains Paul Flint, Account Manager at Caps Cases.

    “The key aspect of this design is the print. Tipple Box wanted a festive look so we supplied several Christmas pallet metallic swatches and they decided the Gold would suit the product most. The end product is a stylish and eye-catching box that not only look great but also protects the products inside.”

    Transporting and storing bottles safely can be notoriously difficult, but not when you have the right packaging for the job.

    When it comes to robust and reliable bottle packaging, Caps Cases have got it covered. Our custom printed wine, beer and drinks packaging is suitable for a variety of uses, from robust transit packaging through to eye catching display packs.

    As with all our products, our bottle packaging is 100% recyclable and can be custom printed to reflect your own design or branding.

    For more information on Caps’ drinks packaging products or if you’re looking for something bespoke, get in touch with the team via email sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on (01638) 667326.

    For more information on Tipple Box’s Yard of Gin, visit www.tipplebox.com

    4th November 2019

    Caps Joins The Society Of Independent Brewers

    4th November 2019

    Caps Joins The Society Of Independent Brewers

    Caps Cases has reinforced its position as a leading supplier of corrugated cardboard packaging to the drinks industry by becoming an affiliated supplier member of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

    SIBA represents around 800 independent craft brewers across the UK, as well as 300 supplier businesses.

    By joining the society, Caps Cases is recognised as a trusted supplier to the brewing industry.

    Drinks packaging is a big part of our business and we produce cardboard packaging for a number of independent craft brewers,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “We are proud to be supplier associate members of SIBA and we look forward to expanding our network of customers as well as keeping up to date with the latest brewing standards and legislation.”

    When it comes to robust and reliable drinks packaging Caps Cases has got it covered.

    Our custom printed wine, beer and drinks packaging is suitable for a variety of uses, from robust transit packaging through to eye catching display packs.

    As with all our products, our bottle packaging is 100% recyclable and can be custom printed to reflect your own design or branding.

    Caps cases offer a variety of drinks packaging options including courier safe packs, gift boxes and carry packs, transit boxes with dividers and retail display units.

    For more information on Caps’ drinks packaging products or if you’re looking for something bespoke, get in touch with the team via email sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on 01638 667326.

    31st October 2019

    Caps Maintains Top Level Packaging Accreditation

    31st October 2019

    Caps Maintains Top Level Packaging Accreditation

    Caps Cases has once again achieved top marks in its annual BRC packaging audit.

    The prestigious BRC standard is globally recognised as the hallmark of a quality packaging manufacturer.

    Caps Cases achieved a Double A standard at both its Glasgow and Newmarket sites – the highest grade available for this certification.

    In order to achieve the top level, Caps Cases must comply with the strict manufacturing controls set out by the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials, and undergo a rigorous two-day assessment each year.

    The achievement means that Caps Cases can supply secondary packaging products to the food industry. The company offers a broad range of food-related packaging products including Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP), transit boxes, turkey and goose boxes and wine, beer and beverage boxes with dividers.

    “We pride ourselves on maintaining consistently high quality products, procedures and systems here at Caps, and we are delighted that this has once again been recognised by BRC Global Standards,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “Achieving Double A grades across the board at both sites is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team.”

    For more information on Caps Cases’ range of food-related packaging products contact the team today on 01638 667326 or email sales@capscases.co.uk

    7th October 2019

    Caps Sponsors Local Football Team

    7th October 2019

    Caps Sponsors Local Football Team

    Caps Cases is delighted to be the sponsor of the PSG U13’s girl’s football team for the 2019/20 season.

    Members of the talented team, based in Saffron Walden, have already been sporting their new blue kits complete with Caps Cases logos.

    We would like to wish the team the best of luck in their upcoming matches and fingers crossed for a super season ahead.

    16th September 2019

    Shopping Made Easy With Travel Blue’s New FSDUs

    16th September 2019

    Shopping Made Easy With Travel Blue’s New FSDUs

    Working with the leading travel accessories brand Travel Blue, Caps Cases recently created a bespoke Floor Standing Display Unit (FSDU) design, which is currently catching the eye of shoppers in Dixons stores across the country.

    The 5ft tall hook unit display stand features 15 merchandising hooks, which cleverly display Travel Blue’s premium range of accessories, such as plug adaptors, phone chargers, ear plugs, luggage locks and a host of other travel essentials.

    “We were approached by Travel Blue with a concept for an FSDU and it was our job to bring it to life,” explains Caps Cases’ Sales Director Jamie Bissett.

    “The brief was to create a striking display stand that would hold a number of products and allow for easy shopping. Crucially the stand also needed to adhere to the retailer’s strict specification guidelines.”

    In terms of design, Caps Cases took Travel Blue’s branding and advised on how best to use it on the FSDU for maximum impact. Once a draft design had been agreed, Caps’ design team used their cutting edge 3D modelling software to create a 3D mock-up of the display stand for the client to approve. A full printed prototype was also produced and sent to the retailer for approval.

    “We were able to take the strain for Travel Blue by distributing the FSDUs fully assembled, which is an option we offer for all clients. The products could then be quickly and efficiently added to the stands before being delivered to the retailer,” explains Jamie.

    As a leading manufacturer of cardboard Point of Sale (POS) display units, Caps Cases are experts in delivering stand-out display units that will set your products apart. Our purpose built digital suite can create all manner of cardboard POS and POP (Point of Purchase) units, and our in-house team of structural designers will guide the design process from start to finish.

    Jamie adds: “It has been a pleasure to work with Travel Blue on this project and we are really pleased to have been able to fulfil their brief. The result is a unique and eye-catching stand that ticks all the boxes.”

    If you’re looking to develop a POS campaign or would like to know more about our POS products, contact the team today on (01638) 667326 or email sales@capscases.co.uk

    With over 200 products sold in over 110 countries and thousands of stores, Travel Blue is a world leader in travel accessories. For more information about their products visit https://travel-blue.com/

    30th July 2019

    High Impact Retail Displays

    30th July 2019

    High Impact Retail Displays

    There’s much more to a Free Standing Display Unit (FSDU) than meets the eye. If used effectively, these stands not only hold and display stock but they can also have a significant impact on in store purchases and brand success.

    Bright, high-quality graphics create a striking display which is sure to grab customers’ attention, even in a bustling retail environment.

    As a leading manufacturer of cardboard Point of Sale (POS) display units, Caps Cases are experts in delivering stand-out display units that will set your products apart.

    We recently designed and produced bespoke FSDUs to showcase books within stationary stores nationwide. The units were digitally printed and CAD cut, so there were no set up fees included. As requested by the client, the units were delivered flat-packed but pre-glued for easy assembly in store.

    If you’re looking to develop a POS campaign, our in-house team of structural designers will guide you through the design process from start to finish.

    Our purpose built digital suite can create all manner of cardboard POS and POP (Point of Purchase) units, FSDUs, Off Fixture Displays (OFDs), Dump bins, Counter Top Displays units (CDUs), In-store Pallet size display bins and Standees and Retail Ready Packaging to name but a few!

    Our state-of-the-art digital and production CAD table allows us to produce complex bespoke FSDUs with no set up charges. We can also offer split print runs for multiple designs if required. Sampling and transit testing is also available.

    In terms of delivery, we can send the units flat-packed or pre-assembled and in some cases we are able to offer a pre-filled service, depending on the products.

    For more information about any of our POS products or to discuss your requirements with a member of the team, drop us a line at sales@capscases.co.uk

    16th July 2019

    Caps Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Movie Launch

    16th July 2019

    Caps Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Movie Launch

    Caps Cases recently rolled out the red carpet as part of a special project for the launch of Working Title’s latest movie release – Yesterday.

    Caps produced 38 corrugated cardboard movie stands for the movie’s launch event in Barcelona. Each stand was made up of five or six components, with around ten different pieces of artwork. The stands are completely self-supporting and freestanding.

    “We were delighted to be involved in the project and were glad to be able to produce the stands for the client at short notice,” comments Dan Bowman, Account Manager at Caps Cases.

    “All of the stands were made within a week. In fact, one last addition of artwork was supplied on a Friday and the stand was printed and CAD cut over the weekend ready for delivery on Monday morning.”

    Caps Cases’ purpose built digital suite can create all manner of cardboard display units including POS units, FSDUs, off fixture displays, counter top displays units in-store pallet size display bins and standees.

    Our state-of-the-art digital and production CAD table allows us to produce complex bespoke FSDUs (Floor Standing Display Units) with no set up charges. We can also offer split print runs for multiple designs if required. In terms of delivery, we can send the units flat-packed or pre-assembled.

    Dan adds: “The Yesterday movie stands are part of a wider ongoing project by Caps Cases, which involves movies that are yet to be released, so for now it’s top secret!”

    For more information about our movie stands or similar products, or to discuss your requirements with a member of the team, drop us a line at sales@capscases.co.uk

    10th July 2019

    Caps Cases Expands Its Sales Team

    10th July 2019

    Caps Cases Expands Its Sales Team

    Earlier this year Caps Cases expanded its sales team with the appointment of Jasmine Dorling as Sales Coordinator.

    Jasmine comes from a sales and recruitment background and is now on the front line of the Caps Cases sales team, handling customer orders and queries.

    A few months down the line and having settled into her new role, we thought it was a about time we caught up with Jasmine to find out a bit more about her and how she fits into the Caps Cases team…

    – What are your areas of responsibility at Caps Cases?
    On a daily basis I’m involved in order processing, as well as dealing with customer queries and generating new sales leads.

    – Tell us about your career before you joined Caps?
    Before Caps Cases I worked in recruitment and before that as a Sales Administrator for a global medical business.

    – What do you enjoy most about your job?
    I would have to say the customer engagement. Everyone is really friendly and in addition to that my team have been extremely welcoming and friendly too.

    – What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    “Don’t take yourself too seriously”.

    – What’s your proudest achievement?
    I guess my proudest achievement was travelling on my own. I’m usually a bit of a home bird, so to have travelled to Fiji, New Zealand, America and Bali solo was pretty cool. I’ve also done the third highest bungee jump in the world and the world famous canyon swing.

    – Tell me a bit about what you like to do outside of work?
    In a nutshell: gym, shop, eat! And my new hobby is camping.

    – Any other interesting facts we should know about you?
    I’m a bit of cat lady and have one of my own called Gili.

    24th June 2019

    Picnic & Hamper Boxes For National Picnic Week

    24th June 2019

    Picnic & Hamper Boxes For National Picnic Week

    With National Picnic Week in full swing, there’s no better time to mention our range of premium cardboard picnic and food hamper boxes!

    We offer a comprehensive range of bespoke cardboard boxes, ideal for the transportation of food and taster hampers.

    Specifically designed with the packer in mind, the boxes can be quickly and efficiently assembled without the need for tape.

    Made from high quality double walled cardboard, the boxes feature double base flaps for extra strength, resulting in a highly robust and durable product.

    The boxes are available in a range of sizes to suit all requirements. They can also be printed with your own bespoke logo or design.

    Plain boxes can be ordered in any quantity required. Bespoke printed options are available for orders in excess of 500.

    Picnic facts:
    • The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.
    • The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
    • Did you know the word ‘Picnic’ was first found in a 17th-century French book entitled “Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage”

    *Facts and image courtesy of www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk

    For more information about the sizes and options of picnic and hamper boxes that we offer or to discuss any queries, specific requirements or pricing information please contact the team via email sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on (01638) 667326.

    23rd June 2019

    A Fond Farewell To A Much Loved Machine

    23rd June 2019

    A Fond Farewell To A Much Loved Machine

    After almost three decades of trouble-free service, Caps Cases has bid a fond farewell to one of its longest-serving machines.

    The large 3.4m casemaker was originally installed at the Newmarket site some 28 years ago and has since been an instrumental part of the Caps Cases production process.

    It is estimated that during its time at Caps, the casemaker has produced over 25 million boxes, most of which were transit boxes.

    The departure of the old casemaker makes way for the installation of a brand new machine, which is due to be up and running by the end of the month.

    “While we’re sad to see the old machine go, we’re excited about its replacement,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “The new casemaker is not only faster, but will also enable us to print five colours and rotary die cut inline, so it will be used for both transit and retail packaging (SRP/RRP).”

    The good news is that the old machine is still in use but has moved on to pastures new and is now producing boxes elsewhere in the country.

    For more information about the new casemaker, or to enquire about any of our products, contact the team via email at sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on (01638) 667326.

    11th June 2019

    Reducing Your Carbon Footprint With Eco-Packaging

    11th June 2019

    Reducing Your Carbon Footprint With Eco-Packaging

    Plastic reduction and recyclability are two of today’s hottest topics.

    News headlines are increasingly dominated by ‘go green’ stories, as global businesses and consumers become more eco-conscious.

    Leading the way is the UK’s supermarket sector. Take Sainsbury’s for example. The supermarket chain is currently trialling new plastic vending machines that will actually pay you to recycle. Customers get a 5p Sainsbury’s voucher for each item they recycle can return 500 items per visit – that’s a £25 off your next shop!

    Not to be outdone, Waitrose has launched a packaging-free trial in one of its stores, which offers refillable options for items such as alcohol, rice and cleaning materials.

    There’s no doubt that reducing single use plastic usage is crucial, so with this in mind we’ve come up with a few strategies to help you and your business become greener through eco-friendly packaging…

    1. Choice of material
    Opting for a high quality recycled and recyclable material for your packaging, such as corrugated cardboard, is the first step. On average, corrugated boxes made in the UK already contain 76% recycled material and many boxes are made from 100% recycled material.

    2. Size is vital
    Using the right size packaging for your products reduces the need for filling materials such as chips and air pillows, therefore minimising packaging waste. Made to measure packaging will also allow you to save on storage space and transport more products at a time, resulting in savings on fuel and CO2 emissions.

    3. Easy disposal
    Give some thought to the way that your packaging will be disposed of. Corrugated packaging is very flexible when it comes to disposal. More than 80% is already recycled but it can also be reused, composted or incinerated with energy recovery.

    Environmental responsibility is something we take very seriously at Caps Cases, both as an individual business and as a global industry. That’s why we ensure we do everything possible to minimise our own carbon footprint.

    To speak to one of our packaging experts about your packaging requirements, get in touch today.

     

    24th May 2019

    Print Training Steps Up A Gear

    24th May 2019

    Print Training Steps Up A Gear

    Caps Cases has recently become a member of the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA).

    EFIA is the UK trade association representing the entire flexographic print supply chain.

    The membership is part of Caps Cases’ ongoing commitment to ensure that all of our print operators are given the opportunity to develop their printing skills.

    With this in mind, four of our operators will be taking part in the EFIA’s nationally accredited training and education scheme.

    The modular online course covers all aspects of flexo printing and technology, such as best practice, fault finding and preventative maintenance. Through the EFIA, we have also enrolled a factory supervisor on an NVQ diploma course in Performing Manufacturing Operations.

    “By ensuring our staff receive this training we hope that this will encourage our team to attain the best possible quality product consistently,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “As their knowledge and skillsets grow, it will enable the company to enter into new sectors whilst still maintaining our reliable reputation for quality and service.”

    For more information on the EFIA, visit www.efia.uk.com

    For more on Caps Cases and the products we offer, contact the team via email sales@capscases.co.uk or call (01638) 667407.

    17th May 2019

    It’s Cool To Be Plastic-Free

    17th May 2019

    It’s Cool To Be Plastic-Free

    Like us, the ice lolly brand Lickalix take their environmental responsibility very seriously. In fact, Lickalix recently became the first iced treats company in the world to receive the plastic free trust mark for their compostable packaging.

    So when the company approached Caps Cases to produce recyclable transit packaging for their range of lollies that would fit in with their ‘go green’ ethos, we jumped at the chance.

    Lickalix have been producing organic ice lollies since 2014. Made with real fruit and free from all allergens, the lollies are stocked in over 800 retailers nationwide, including Jamie’s Italian restaurants and Ocado to name but a few.

    “Being eco-friendly and responsible is something that is very important for us. We are slowly and organically transitioning the business to be sustainable,” explains Lickalix founder Karis Gesua.

    “We want to try and do our bit in every way we can. Through our processes, we have no food waste and we are internally changing single-use plastic within the office and company structure. Our flyers, business cards, posters and boxes are all recyclable cardboard. The stickers we use are biodegradable and we use paper bags or organic cotton tote bags to deliver our lollies.”

    Lickalix was awarded the Plastic Free mark from A Plastic Planet at the start of this year for their new ice lolly packaging.

    “The biggest milestone that we have achieved is changing our lolly packaging to compostable. We took a passionate risk for our planet and to spread the knowledge of plastic and its effects on our environment,” says Karis.

    “There has been a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and money spent on going plastic-free with our packaging. It’s really not an easy feat for a small start-up business to do in our sector, but we are really proud to say we are the first frozen food company in the world that has been awarded the Plastic Free trust mark.”

    Caps Cases is delighted to be a part of Lickalix’s plastic-free initiative, by providing bespoke printed recyclable cardboard transit boxes for the company’s range of products.

    For more information about Caps Cases environmental credentials here.

    Or for more information on our range of bespoke cardboard packaging products contact the team at sales@capscases.co.uk or (01638) 667326.

    You can learn more about Lickalix here: www.lickalix.com

    14th May 2019

    Top Of The Polls

    14th May 2019

    Top Of The Polls

    With Brexit looming, the nation is wondering what will the UK’s departure from the EU mean for the economy? When will we leave? Who will lead the country post-Brexit? Who’s got the style, strength and the skills?

    The good news is that during this time of political uncertainty, you can still count on Caps Cases!

    Our Glasgow team is currently working on a bespoke project manufacturing corrugated cardboard polling booths for use in the upcoming elections.

    These individual booths are not only extremely cost effective in comparison to conventional timber booths, but they are also easier to store and transport.

    Recyclable or re-usable, the booths are quick to erect and can then be stored flat for future use, or sent back into the waste stream for recycling.

    “We’re delighted to be working on the project, and one which demonstrates the diverse range of corrugated cardboard products that we’re able to manufacture at Caps Cases,” says Tommy Allardyce, Operation Manager at Caps Cases Glasgow site.

    For more information about Caps Cases’ polling booths, or any of our other products, contact the team via sales@capscases.co.uk or call (01638) 667326.

    29th April 2019

    International Recognition For Print Quality

    29th April 2019

    International Recognition For Print Quality

    Caps Cases’ premium print quality has been recognised on an international scale by the judges of the prestigious Global Flexo Innovation Awards.

    A print sample for one of our drinks clients made it through to the final judging stages in the Design Innovation/Process Improvement category of this year’s competition.

    The international awards are hosted by Kodak and recognise the companies that, through innovation, are driving the industry transformation of flexographic standards worldwide. This year’s competition attracted over 200 entries from almost 100 companies across 26 countries.

    “We’re thrilled to have made it through to the final stages of the awards, and although we didn’t win, we’re celebrating our position as finalists in such a prestigious competition,” comments Wayne Booker, Print Manager at Caps Cases.

    “Most of the winning entries seem to be multicolour work across a variety of flexo processes, so we were hoping that our entry would do well based on the quality of print when considering the spec of the press that achieved it.”

    Wayne adds: “This was our first entry into the competition and it has inspired us to continue to push forward in our print innovation and hopefully better our position next time!”

    With innovation in mind, Caps Cases will soon take delivery of a brand new five colour flexo casemaker, which is set to further boost the company’s manufacturing capabilities.

    The state-of-the-art machine not only offers five colour flexo print but also features an in-line rotary die-cutter, meaning premium quality print and precision at high speed.

    “It’s a really exciting time to be involved in print and with the arrival of our new machine we’re holding our position at the forefront of corrugated print technology,” says Wayne.

    If you would like more information about our new printer, please email info@capscases.co.uk or call us on 01638 667326.

    18th April 2019

    Two Familiar Faces Return to Caps Cases Newmarket

    18th April 2019

    Two Familiar Faces Return to Caps Cases Newmarket

    Last month saw the welcome return of two members of the Caps Cases Newmarket team – Hannah Ayers and Gill Bridgman.

    Hannah has returned to her role in Business Development and Gill is back in the office overseeing general administration duties. Both are settling back in to ‘Caps life’ after a short break to pursue other interests.

    “We’re really glad to have Gill and Hannah back on board – in fact it feels like they’ve never even been away!” says Trevor Bissett, Managing Director.

    Now that they’re back, we thought it would be the ideal time to catch up with Gill and Hannah to find out a bit more about them and how they fit into the Caps Cases family…

    • Welcome back Hannah and Gill! How does it feel to be back at Caps Cases?
      Hannah: Like I’ve never left. Caps and cardboard feel like home to me!
      Gill: It’s really good to be back – it’s like coming home.

     

    • What does your role at Caps involve?
      Hannah: As a family run business I guess we all prides ourselves in the thought that we can all lend our hand to any task that needs completing. However my main role is the developing new business and growing and maintaining relationships with our existing client base.
      Gill: I help out on reception and general admin duties such as booking in deliveries and answering the phone etc.

     

    • What do you enjoy most about your job?
      Gill: Meeting people and talking to customers.
      Hannah: Ringing the order bell and visiting customers when the sun is shining.

     

    • What are you looking forward to most about being back at Caps Cases?
      Hannah: Being back in the team with everyone and being able to get back out on the road. And the Friday Lunch Club of course!
      Gill: Catching up with friends at work and customers.

     

    • What’s been your most interesting or funny experience during your time at Caps?
      Gill: A Christmas party many years ago, but I don’t think I can go into detail on here!
      Hannah: I’m not sure there are many stories that can be shared but the most cringe-worthy tale is probably filling up my diesel company car with petrol! Awks!

     

    • What do you like to do outside of work?
      Gill: I love travelling and I read a lot.
      Hannah: I enjoy dog walking, exercising and gardening. I sound about 75!

     

    • What’s your proudest achievement?
      Hannah: Keeping my three year old daughter and badly behaved Labrador alive!
      Gill: Still having all my own teeth at the age of 64!

     

    • Any interesting facts that we should know about you?
      Hannah: I am the Great Granddaughter of Sir Henry Ayers. Ayers Rock (Uluru) was Named after him.

    Welcome back Hannah and Gill!

    10th April 2019

    Always Handled With Care

    10th April 2019

    Always Handled With Care

    As a manufacturer of cardboard boxes, we understand the importance of a reliable and robust shipping and delivery service.

    The delivery of our products is the final stage in the fulfilment process for our customers, and for some, the most critical. That’s why we take extra special care when planning and carrying out the deliveries of all orders.

    With factories in Suffolk and Glasgow we are able to deliver your corrugated packaging quickly and competitively throughout the UK and into mainland Europe.

    Caps Cases’ dedicated transport team works tirelessly to ensure that we deliver on an unbranded vehicle suitable for the specific individual needs of each delivery destination. We also utilise a range of vehicle sizes, meaning we can handle deliveries of all sizes across the whole of the UK and our customers can view details of upcoming deliveries on line via the customer portal.

    “We take pride in the presentation of every pallet that we deliver and ensure that your goods are always handled with the utmost care,” comments Operations Manager Dave Lochhead.

    “Our rapid delivery service allows us to work to a just-in-time philosophy which helps reduce the stock holding burden throughout the supply chain, ultimately keeping costs down and reducing storage space requirements to a minimum.”

    For more information about Caps Cases delivery service or range of products email sales@capscases.co.uk or call us on (01638) 667326.

    22nd March 2019

    Cardboard Recycling At An All Time High

    22nd March 2019

    Cardboard Recycling At An All Time High

    The amount of paper and cardboard packaging now recycled in Europe has reached a record high, according to figures recently released by the European Union.

    Across the 28 countries of the EU, the recycling rate for paper and cardboard packaging waste has reached 85.8% – the largest of all the packaging materials analysed.

    The recycling of paper is not a new concept and the UK industry is proud of its recycling heritage that started over 100 years ago.

    On average, corrugated boxes made in the UK already contain 76% recycled material and many boxes are made from 100% recycled material.

    Corrugated packaging is very flexible when it comes to disposal, more than 80% is already recycled but it can also be reused, composted or incinerated with energy recovery.

    In light of the new recycling figures from the EU, we thought it would be an ideal time to take stock of our own carbon footprint and green initiatives. Our environmental responsibility is something we take very seriously at Caps Cases, both as an individual business and as a global industry. That’s why we ensure we do everything possible to minimise our own carbon footprint.

    Here are just some of our current green initiatives:

    • 100% of our off-cuts and waste paper is recycled. Our closed loop recycling system captures waste directly from the machines and processes it for recycling.
    • We implement an accurate and precise setup process for each job, therefore minimising the amount of material waste and off-cuts as much as possible.
    • We prefer to use 100% recycled paper and encourage our customers to choose recycled paper when suitable.
    • Pallets are re-used where possible.
    • Our deliveries are grouped where possible to save fuel.
    • We review the energy consumption of both our factories on a regular basis to ensure we maintain a consistent level of performance.
    • All toner cartridges and paper used in our offices is recycled.
    • We encourage all office and canteen waste, such as cans, bottles and plastic cups, to be recycled.

    Our commitment to the continued challenges of reducing our impact on the planet has become part of our everyday management systems. This is supported by our accreditation to ISO 14001: 2004 for Environmental Management and awareness.

    You can learn more about corrugated recycling and landfill here.

    14th March 2019

    A Whole Lotta Bottle!

    14th March 2019

    A Whole Lotta Bottle!

    Transporting and storing bottles safely can be notoriously difficult, but not when you have the right packaging for the job.

    When it comes to robust and reliable bottle packaging, Caps Cases have got it covered. Hooray!

    Our custom printed beer and drinks packaging is suitable for a variety of uses, from robust transit packaging through to eye catching display packs.

    Here’s a taster of what we can offer…

    Gift boxes and carry packs: Our high quality print capabilities and in-house design team means we are well placed to provide eye-catching retail and gift packaging that helps show your product in the best possible light.

    Transit boxes with dividers: We provide 6, 12 and 24 cell bottle cases with dividers to individually house each bottle. The dividers can be supplied fully assembled to make for easy packing. This is a cost-effective way to protect your bottles in transit. We can also make bespoke dividers to suit any case configuration.

    Courier safe packs: We are proud to be able to offer our patented BottleSafe technology – a courier safe means of transporting drinks. The bottles are suspended within an air space in the outer carton, which is created by top and bottom fittings that securely hold the bottles in place.

    BottleSafe packaging has been extensively trialled with zero reported breakages. The design is modular meaning we can create 3, 6, 12, 24 bottle packs, without needing bespoke fittings for each configuration. There’s no need for loose fill or bubble wrap and all of BottleSafe’s components fold flat, to minimum storage space required.

    As with all our products, our bottle packaging is 100% recyclable and can be custom printed to reflect your own design or branding.

    For more information about Caps Cases range of boxes for bottles, or if you’re looking for something bespoke then contact the team today – sales@capscases.co.uk or (01638) 667326.

    7th March 2019

    New Machine Boasts The ‘Wow’ Factor

    7th March 2019

    New Machine Boasts The ‘Wow’ Factor

    Next month will mark the arrival of Caps Cases’ hotly anticipated five colour flexo casemaker, which is set to boost the company’s manufacturing capabilities.

    The state-of-the-art machine really does have the ‘wow’ factor; it not only offers five colour flexo print but also features an in-line rotary die-cutter, meaning premium quality print and precision at high speed.

    The machine is the latest investment by Caps as part of its multi-million pound strategy into technological improvements at the Newmarket site.

    “This machine is a game changer for Caps Cases,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “We have always had top spec printers, but this will enable us to move up to the next level. We will also be able to approach a new audience, as well as streamlining our current manufacturing portfolio.”

    Capable of running 8,000 large format cases per hour and with a print tolerance of 0.3mm print registration, the high quality post print (HQPP) machine can genuinely rival litho print quality, but using flexo-graphic techniques.

    The machine also boasts a vacuum feed throughout, plus infra-red and hot air dryers and an integrated dust extraction system. It is due to be installed at Caps Cases’ Newmarket factory in April.

    Trevor adds: “We’re planning to host several open days once the new machine is up and running, so that our customers can see for themselves its high speed and outstanding quality print.”

    If you would like more information about our new printer or to register for one of the open days, please email info@capscases.co.uk or call us on 01638 667326.

    20th February 2019

    Bulk Shipping Made Easy

    20th February 2019

    Bulk Shipping Made Easy

    Shipping items abroad is a breeze with Caps Cases’ range of robust and hassle-free export-ready pallet boxes.

    Corrugated cardboard pallet containers are one of the most versatile and reliable packaging solutions on the market, and are ideal for heavy items, export and storage.

    By shipping your products in bulk on pallets, you can not only minimise the cost of packing labour and shipping, but also warehouse storage and disposal costs.

    As one of only a handful of pallet box manufacturers in the country, Caps Cases stock a range of standard pallet boxes in a Cap, Tray and Sleeve format with or without pallets.

    We supply the following stock sizes of pallet boxes on a short lead time, but we can also provide bespoke pallet boxes on request, which can be tailored to your individual needs.

    • 1/1 Europa – internal size 1170 x 770 x 660mm
    • 1/2 Europa – internal size 770 x 570 x 660mm
    • 1/1 Container – internal size 1070 x 870 x 900mm
    • 1/2 Container – internal size 1070 x 870 x 550mm
    • R1– internal size 1170 x 970 x 900mm

    *All sizes represent the internal size of the sleeve.

    What’s more, if you are looking to print any corrugated component of the pallet box we can accommodate this for you in up to two colours.

    Always competitively priced, our pallet boxes are available from both of our manufacturing sites in the UK and can be shipped throughout the UK and into Europe.

    For more information about our standard size pallet boxes, or if you’re looking to create something bespoke, then please contact our sales team who will be happy to help – sales@capscases.co.uk Tel. 01638 667 326.

    18th February 2019

    Popular Duo Reflect on Three Decades at Caps Cases

    18th February 2019

    Popular Duo Reflect on Three Decades at Caps Cases

    Here at Caps Cases we’re immensely proud of our hard working team members, some of whom have been with us right from the beginning.

    At our Newmarket site there are two familiar faces who have been dedicated Caps employees for 34 years. Linda Wilson and Pauline Edwards are a popular double act, who have been joined at the hip since they started working at Caps in 1985. When they’re not busy assembling dividers on the shop floor, they can often be found putting the world to rights in the smoking shelter!

    As two highly valued members of the team, we caught up with the duo to find out how things have changed at Caps over the years….

    • How has your job at Caps changed since you started?
      Pauline: “Back when I started you were given three weeks to reach the required speed of assembling divisions, which at the time was 12 bundles of 25 divisions per hour. To be honest, I never thought I would be able to do it but with the help of the older works I managed it. Now 34 years later I am one of those older workers!”

     

    • What do you enjoy most about your job?
      Linda: “I like the people I work with. Well, some of them!”
      Pauline: “I enjoy the banter with workmates. I am sarcastic, but those who have known me a long time understand that. Those who haven’t – don’t!”

     

    • What have been the biggest changes you have seen during your time at Caps?
      Linda: “When I first worked here you could smoke wherever and wear whatever you wanted to – but those days are gone.”
      Pauline: “The biggest change has been the arrival of health and safety. We used to be able to have a coffee and an ashtray at our work bench. Looking back now I suppose it was unbelievable that you could smoke at your bench and I suppose the insurance companies wouldn’t approve now, but there was never a fire!”

     

    • What’s your funniest memory of your time at Caps?
      Linda: “We have had a few funny experiences, but one of the best moments was when Charlie’s father-in-law Fred worked here. I can’t remember if it was his 70th birthday but they got him a stripper who came to the factory dressed as a nun! He thought she was doing a collection, until she stripped off! It was so funny.”

     

    • Final words of wisdom…
      Pauline: “Caps has grown so much over the years. I wish I could say I have done the same but I am still the 4ft 10 that I was when I began this journey!”

     

    A special thanks to Pauline and Linda – here’s to many more years at Caps Cases!

    11th February 2019

    Safe Storage For Prestigious Cambridge University Library

    11th February 2019

    Safe Storage For Prestigious Cambridge University Library

    Millions of books, journals and maps from 600 years of collecting are being stored in pristine condition at Cambridge University’s new Library Storage Facility (LSF) thanks to Caps Cases.

    The £17m facility, which was officially opened last summer, has been built to provide a perfect, climate-controlled environment across 65 miles of shelving for its least requested books – those deemed low use. As part of this, the University required acid-free cardboard trays in which to store the valuable materials.

    Specialists in the design and production of long life packaging products, Caps Cases were delighted to help with the prestigious project, having already successfully worked on a similar project for the University of Oxford.

    “We were approached by the University to supply bespoke PH neutral paper-lined trays, which would be used to store a vast collection of extremely valuable books and journals – some of which are one of a kind,” explains Commercial Director, Jamie Bissett.

    “The trays were designed to meet the strict environmental conditions of the LSF and were extensively trialled to ensure that they would successfully preserve the items.”

    Long life packaging is an essential part of the transport and storing process, particularly where the protection of the items being stored is paramount. Ordinary cardboard is not PH neutral, which over time means harmful substances can ingress into the product being stored within and cause it to deteriorate. This can be of particular concern where the items being stored are extremely valuable.

    Caps Cases can produce packaging from a PH neutral set of paper cardboard material so that products in direct contact with the cardboard will not deteriorate.

    “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Caps Cases to deliver this major project to successful completion and at the high quality of their products and services they provided to meet our specialised requirements,” commented Patricia Killiard, Deputy Director, Academic Services, Cambridge University Library.

    Once all material currently in temporary stores is ingested, the LSF will be 25 per cent full. This is expected to be completed this summer.

    Caps Cases Commercial Director Jamie Bissett adds: “It has been a privilege to be involved in such a large-scale project with the University of Cambridge and we look forward to seeing it through to completion.”

    For more information about Caps Cases’ long life packaging products talk to a member of the team today on 01638 667326 or email sales@capscases.co.uk

    28th January 2019

    Behind The Box: Spotlight on Joanna Szewczyk

    28th January 2019

    Behind The Box: Spotlight on Joanna Szewczyk

    Spotlight on Joanna Szewczyk – Assembly Supervisor and Production Planning Assistant at Caps Cases in Baillieston.

    We recently caught up with Joanna Szewczyk from the Baillieston office, to learn more about her important role within the Caps team.

    Joanna first joined Caps Cases in 2010 as an agency worker, but became a permanent member of the team in 2011. Her key responsibilities are to oversee the supply chain and production scheduling on a daily basis. This includes, among other things, planning and organising work for assemblers and machine operators, preparing production plans, addressing material issues and monitoring overall team performance.

    • What are your areas of responsibility at Caps Cases?
      On a daily basis, I am responsible for forecasting demand and plan supply for one of the key accounts in Baillieston. I lead a team of six assemblers/packers, and together we strive to achieve the best results for both the customer and our company. On some occasions, I am also honoured to cover for our wonderful Linda M when she’s off on holiday!

     

    • Tell us a bit about your career before you joined Caps…
      I started my career as a Customer Service Representative – for those who know me this will be quite hard to believe! I also ran my own business for two years prior my move to Scotland. Running my own business at the age of 24 was challenging and a bit overwhelming. However, on reflection it helped me to understand different factors and shaped my focus.

     

    • What do you enjoy most about your job?
      I like challenges and opportunities. I’m inclined to say that we all stretch the boundaries to see what we can achieve. I’m very proud of our team as they strive to improve their performance all the time.
      Current working environment and my role allow me to fail (within reason of course), learn from the experience, and gain some interesting insights. In turn, this helps me to develop various skills that are necessary for today’s working environment.
      The packaging industry is growing fast, and this requires constant changes whether it’s thinking, problem-solving or innovating. To be able to keep up with constant changes, we need to re-think the way we approach tasks and challenges, and my job allows me to do all of that.

     

    • What’s been your most interesting/funny experience while working at Caps?
      As English is my second language, I’ve had a lot of funny situations. Most of them have been linked to my funny pronunciation of English words (Yes Davie, I’m still trying to get the ‘Worcestershire’ right!)

     

    • What’s your proudest achievement?
      Finally completing my Honours degree! What a challenge that was. I’m not going to say what’s coming next but watch this space – I just never stop learning!

     

    • Tell us a bit about what you like to do outside of work?
      I read a lot… not books though (haha!) mostly publications and journal articles. Recently I started to learn another language, which I think is fun, keeps me busy and I can do it virtually anywhere which is great.

     

    • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
      I have two quotes which helped me along the way…
      “When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” —Wayne Dyer.
      “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass.

     

    • Any other interesting facts we should know about you?
      I’m a foodie! I keep trying different things all the time. I like good food and good drink. Together with my partner, we collect some nice examples of limited editions of Scotch (yassss!)

    8th January 2019

    All Hail The Klikstor!

    8th January 2019

    All Hail The Klikstor!

    At Caps Cases we love an archive box. From traditional industry standard base and lid boxes to quick assembly products – we can supply them all.

    But perhaps our favourite of all, and the archive box which reigns supreme is our patented ‘Klikstor’.

    The Klikstor was originally created by Caps Cases’ (now retired) designer Ken Whitmore back in the late nineties, after we spotted a gap in the market for a quick assembly product. People were frustrated with the amount of time it took to construct the traditional base and lid boxes, so we came up with a solution – and voila! The Klikstor was born.

    Since then, we have sold approximately eight million Klikstor boxes, so it’s safe to say it’s a tried and tested product, which we’re really proud of.

    Benefits of the Caps Cases Klikstor…

    • Quick Assembly. The Klikstor retains the strength and quality of the traditional corrugated cardboard storage box but can be assembled in one simple step. Unlike standard archive boxes that take around 15 seconds to erect, the Klikstor archive box is put together in an instant, saving labour time and cost.
    • Strength and Durability. The Klikstor is manufactured with a double layer of cardboard around all four internal walls and has a unique self-locking double layered base, which makes it is stronger and more durable than normal archive boxes. This in turn improves stacking and storing without crushing.
    • Collapsible, Re-Useable and Recyclable. Klikstor archive boxes fold flat in seconds, and can be used time and time again.

    All of our archive boxes can be printed using up to three colours using high quality flexographic printing to create a design of your choice.

    With manufacturing facilities in Suffolk and Glasgow we can ensure your corrugated cardboard archive boxes are delivered quickly – and competitively – throughout the UK. Our long established European transport networks mean we can also be a competitive source of corrugated boxes for mainland Europe.

    We have a wide range of archive box sizes and styles to choose from, and if you are looking for something bespoke please speak to our sales team by calling (01638) 667326 or emailing sales@capscases.co.uk

    16th January 2019

    Behind The Box: Spotlight on Wayne Booker

    16th January 2019

    Behind The Box: Spotlight on Wayne Booker

    Continuing our ‘Behind The Box’ series, we’re turning the spotlight on Caps Cases’ very own ‘Print Guru’ – Wayne Booker.

    Wayne has been the Print Manager at Caps since 2000. He oversees the flexo and digital print production and is also responsible for the print quality control.

    • Tell us a bit about your career in the packaging industry.
      I began my career in packaging way back in 1978 when I joined the Cundell Corrugated Group working on a Simon Hooper two colour letterpress machine where the print plates had to be stapled to the wooden print cylinder!

     

    • What do you enjoy most about your job?
      I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what is achievable flexo.

     

    • What has been your proudest achievement during your time at Caps Cases?
      My proudest moment was when Charlie (Caps’ Founder and Chairman) told me that Caps were in the fourth division but my focus on print development had taken them to the premier league.

     

    • What is your work ethos?
      You are only as good as your last job. Quality must come first.

     

    • What are the biggest changes in print production that you have seen during your career?
      The most notable changes have been in machine construction and digital and flexo plate making, as well as major improvements in ink quality.

     

    • To achieve the best print results, what ingredients are required?
      There are three key ingredients; good quality flat board, an experienced operator and artwork fit for flexo.

     

    • How do you see the future of print on corrugated?
      I think that high speed water-based digital printers will become more accessible within the next five years, which will raise the question ‘why go flexo?’ when looking to purchase new equipment.
      My tag line is ‘Keeping Flexo Alive’ but we will all have to accept that digital printing on corrugated is the future.

     

    • Any other interesting facts we should know about?
      One of our prints has been sent to Kodak’s head office in New York for appraisal.

     

    • Tell us a bit about what you like to do outside of work?
      My main hobby is motorcycling. I have owned many bikes in my time, with the latest being a Yamaha R1 5JJ.

     

    You can find out more about the Caps Cases team and the services we offer at www.capscases.co.uk

    12th December 2018

    One Size Doesn’t Fit All: E-Commerce Packaging

    12th December 2018

    One Size Doesn’t Fit All: E-Commerce Packaging

    Calling all e-commerce traders! Whether you’re shipping one package a day or even hundreds, take a moment to think about your packing routine… do you grab a box, put your product in, add some paper or bubble wrap to fill the empty spaces, seal the box and then ship it?

    Consider this, is that extra filling material really necessary? If you’re just using it to fill the space between the product and the box then would a smaller box make more sense?

    Today’s savvy retailers can save valuable time, money and even the environment by ensuring that e-commerce packaging is sized correctly to fit the product.

    One size no longer fits all. In fact, using right size packaging reduces both operational and e-commerce shipping costs by saving storage space, reducing additional packing costs (loose fill and void fill like chips and air pillows), cutting labour costs and significantly reducing assembly and packing times.

    Right size e-commerce packaging solutions can significantly reduce product movement, helping to reduce damage in transit.

    Here’s where Caps Cases can help. We specialise in designing and producing premium quality packaging solutions that are both easy for the customer to open and also promote your brand image. We understand how important it is to ensure that your products reach their destination undamaged and in a safe a secure manner, which is why are boxes are bespoke designed to suit your individual requirements and are thoroughly tested before leaving the factory.

    For more information on our e-commerce packaging or any of our other products, contact the team on 01638 667326 or email us sales@capscases.co.uk

    8th December 2018

    Return To Sender: E-Commerce Packaging

    8th December 2018

    Return To Sender: E-Commerce Packaging

    Like it or loathe it, e-commerce is big business.

    In the UK, online shopping represents 18% of total retail sales, and that percentage is growing year on year.

    But did you know it is estimated that a whopping 30% of all goods ordered online are returned? That’s around £7 billion of purchases that are returned each year.

    With this in mind, Caps Cases has developed a range of e-commerce boxes that are designed to provide the consumer with the option of resealing the box and returning it to the sender, with minimal fuss.

    Our ‘hassle-free’ packaging is designed to suit your individual requirements and can be printed on the outside of the box, the inside, or both, depending on your preferences.

    Our dedicated retail packaging design team can create innovative packaging ideas that provide new ways to protect your products in transit and to present them perfectly to the consumer.

    Whether you are looking for returnable packaging solutions or a new way to promote your brand using flexographic or digital printing, Caps Cases are here to help you create frustration-free solutions for a positive consumer experience.

    For more information on our e-commerce packaging or any of our other products, contact the team on 01638 667326 or email us sales@capscases.co.uk 

     

    29th November 2018

    Point Of Sale Displays That Pack a Punch

    29th November 2018

    Point Of Sale Displays That Pack a Punch

    Did you know that around 70% of in-store purchases are made on impulse?

    In the busy retail environment, an eye-catching Point-Of-Sale (POS) display could be the nudge that your customers need to make their purchasing decision.

    Cardboard POS units are a cost effective and environmentally friendly way of showcasing your products.

    Here’s where Caps Cases can help…

    Caps Cases are industry leaders in the production of corrugated cardboard POS display units. With a wealth of design experience under our belt, we are experts in delivering stand-out POS units that will set your products apart.

    If you’re looking to develop a POS campaign, our in-house team of structural designers will guide you through the design process from start to finish.

    Our state-of-the-art digital and production CAD table allows us to produce complex bespoke FSDUs (Floor Standing Display Units) with no set up charges. We can also offer split print runs for multiple designs if required. Sampling and transit testing is also available.

    In terms of delivery, we can send the units flat-packed or pre-assembled and in some cases we are able to offer a pre-filled service, depending on the products.

    Our purpose built digital suite can create all manner of cardboard POS and POP (Point of Purchase) units, FSDUs, Off Fixture Displays (OFDs), Dump bins, Counter Top Displays units (CDUs), In-store Pallet size display bins and Standees and Retail Ready Packaging to name but a few!

    For more information about our POS products or to discuss your requirements with a member of the team, drop us a line at sales@capscases.co.uk

    19th November 2018

    Behind The Box: Staff Spotlight On Tommy Allardyce

    19th November 2018

    Behind The Box: Staff Spotlight On Tommy Allardyce

    Every month we’ll be getting to know a different member of the Caps Cases team and looking ‘behind the box’ to see what really makes them tick.

    Today we’re turning the spotlight on Tommy Allardyce, Operations Manager at Caps Cases Glasgow site.

    Tommy joined the Caps team in January this year. He is responsible for the day-to-day operational delivery across the Glasgow site, including overseeing production, production planning, quality control, people management, health & safety and admin support.

    Have you always worked in the packaging industry?
    Basically yes. At the outset of my career I started working for a family business, Hamilton’s Packaging, before it ended up being part of Mondi Packaging. I had various roles throughout my 19 years in the business including the role of Operations Director for the Scottish Plants. During the nine years prior to joining Caps Cases, I was the General Manager for the Scottish operation of an export packing company. We manufactured wooden cases and packed goods into them for safe export all over the world.

    What do you enjoy most about your job?
    I enjoy the variety and the day-to-day challenges that it brings. I also feel a sense of achievement in making things better and the team spirit on site that goes with it.

    What’s a typical day in the office for you?
    Organising production requirements for both shifts and ensuring all the team members have the tools to fulfil their roles in the business. I also deal with any issues that are barriers to effective production, with a key focus on producing quality cases.

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    If you believe in it, go for it.

    What’s been your most interesting experience while working in the packaging industry?
    I learned early in my career that the millimetre is king! Otherwise the cases are a bit roomier than expected… don’t worry Trevor, I won’t make that mistake again! I’ve also sent some weird and wonderful things across the planet, things as small as a computer, to things as big as a house, a submarine to the Caribbean and a racing canoe to a desert.

    Tell us a bit about what you like to do outside of work?
    I’m quite sporty, like keeping fit. My main hobby is running, half marathons and the occasional full marathon, and I’ve been a pace-maker for some local 10k events.
    I’m a coach at Jog Scotland and get huge satisfaction helping people achieve their goals, and in many instances getting them to a level they never thought possible for themselves.
    I also play golf (badly).
    Aside from sport, my wife and I like our holidays – the world is a big place. I enjoy a nice red wine and the odd tasty Caribbean Rum.

    Any other interesting facts we should know about you?
    An interesting unknown fact is that I’ve had dinner with Terry Waite, after his release from Beirut.

    You can find out more about the Caps Cases team and what services we offer at www.capscases.co.uk/about-us/

    9th November 2018

    Maximising The Potential Of Digital Print

    9th November 2018

    Maximising The Potential Of Digital Print

    Digital print is a fast growing sector in the packaging world. Here at Caps Cases, we now produce over 30,000 digitally printed sheets per month – and that figure continues to grow.

    In a nutshell, digital printing refers to method of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media, i.e. a sheet of cardboard!

    Digital printing differs from the conventional litho and flexo print processes as it isn’t dependent on the preparation of a separate plate for each print run. All the colours are made up from dots of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black – a commonly used acronym for this is CMYK or 4 colour process set.

    Thinking of going digital? Here’s what you need to know…

    • With digital printing there are no plate costs.
    • Late stage customisation of products can be achieved.
    • The high quality, vibrant print rivals litho-laminate.
    • Various artworks can be printed at once with no additional tooling costs.
    • You have the option of spot varnish to highlight logos or match existing items.
    • There’s also the option of gloss mode for striking results.
    • Textured finishes can be achieved using layers of ink.

    However, it’s worth bearing in mind that ink costs of digital printing are higher than other types of printing, and the printers run at a slightly slower speed. Volume production can therefore be slightly more costly.

    Flexo printing is still by far our most commonly used print process. Let’s have a quick look at flexo printing by way of comparison…

    • Flexo printing offers a lower unit cost for volume production.
    • Odourless, water-based inks are used, which give smooth coverage.
    • Metallic inks are available.
    • There are set up costs involved.
    • Last minute design changes can be costly.

    We’re happy to work with you to decide on the right packaging and print options for you and your products. If you would like to discuss your requirements with a member of the Caps Cases team we would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact us by email sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on 01638 667407.

     

    2nd November 2018

    Spotlight On The Multi Point Gluer

    2nd November 2018

    Spotlight On The Multi Point Gluer

    It may not sound like a particularly exciting piece of equipment, but in fact the multi-point gluer has a starring role in the Caps Cases production line.

    This high-speed machine is an essential part of the construction process of one of our most popular products – quick assembly boxes.

    As the name suggests, these types of boxes are extremely fast to assemble. Whereas a traditional box might take between 10 – 15 seconds to put together, quick assembly boxes take just one or two seconds.

    Also known as crash lock, quick erect or pop up boxes, quick assembly boxes are strong, robust and durable. They are ideal for die cut style designs, such as Retail Ready or Shelf Ready Packaging, transit boxes, turkey and goose boxes, archive boxes and 4 corner glued trays.

    If you’re considering changing to quick assembly boxes, it’s worth working out how much time, and in turn money you could save by swapping. For example, if you currently use 5,000 traditional style boxes per week in your factory and it takes on average ten seconds to assemble each box, that’s just under 14 hours of labour per week used for making up boxes.

    In comparison, if you use the same amount of quick assembly boxes that each take just a second to construct, that’s just under 1.5 hours of labour per week, therefore saving you around 12 hours of labour time each week.

    Check out our demonstration video to see just how much time can be saved by using quick assembly boxes as opposed to traditional style boxes.

    Caps Cases have three multi-point gluer machines; three at the Newmarket site and one at the Glasgow site, so we are well equipped to meet the nationwide demand for quick assembly boxes. We also offer a competitively priced glue-only service for trade customers.

    For more information on quick assembly boxes or any of our other products, please contact the team by email sales@capscases.co.uk or by phone on 01638 667326.

    26th October 2018

    A Bumper Year For Cardboard Divisions

    26th October 2018

    A Bumper Year For Cardboard Divisions

    Caps Cases has recorded its biggest year to date for sales of cardboard divisions.

    The company has manufactured 4.5 million division sets in the last 12 months, up six per cent on its previous record figures.

    Assembled corrugated and solid board divisions are a core product in the Caps Cases portfolio, and we are among the largest producers of divisions in the UK.

    “We’ve seen year on year growth in the sales of division sets, but this year’s figures have really raised the bar,” comments Managing Director Trevor Bissett.

    “The growth can be attributed to a buoyant UK drinks industry and our continued investment in machinery specifically designed for the manufacture of partition sets.”

    He adds: “As one of the largest suppliers of cardboard divisions in the country we’re well placed to meet the growing demand for both standard configurations and bespoke designs.”

    Packaging divisions, also known as box partitions, dividers or separators are the simplest way to provide cushioning when transporting bottles, glassware, ceramics and other delicate goods. They minimise damage and breakages, enabling products to arrive in pristine condition.

    There are two types of divisions:

    • Corrugated divisions protect through cushioning the products. They offer maximum protection but take up more space within the case and also on pallets.
    • Solid board divisions protect by remaining tight and restricting the movement of the product during transit.
      Common sizes for bottle packs are available and we also offer bespoke sizes.

    Generally we can offer both types of divisions without the need for expensive cutting tools due to our specialist equipment.

    The most common division sizes are:
    • 12 x 330ml beer bottles
    • 24 x 330ml beer bottles
    • 6 x 750ml wine bottles
    • 12 x 750ml wine bottles
    • 15 x 750ml wine bottles
    • 24 x 750ml wine bottles

    Outer packaging can be designed alongside divisions for optimum product protection. The divisions can be supplied assembled or non-assembled with a maximum lead time of two weeks.

    For more information on Caps Cases’ cardboard divisions, drinks packaging and other products, contact the team at sales@capscases.co.uk

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