If you take a look around your kitchen or bathroom shelves you will undoubtedly come across a range of packaging from M&H Plastics. Actually, if you have any plastic tubes, jars or bottles there’s a good chance that the Suffolk enterprise employing over 600 people on the 50-acre site in the market town of Beccles may be the source.
Now part of the RPC Group of companies, a £1.1-billion packaging multinational employing more than 11,100 people across 19 countries, M&H Plastics has developed a strong and trusted reputation over its 40 years of trading. The company continues to grow and the recent acquisition by RPC has served to extend the markets that they supplied. The standard range of over 1300 products is one of the largest in the industry and the comprehensive catalogue of designs supplies packaging to suit almost every need. Coupled with complementary packaging from the rest of the RPC Group the companies address the needs of clients from beauty and personal care through to food, industrial chemical, DIY, health and pet care.
Technically, M&H Plastics has developed its services to enable a ‘One-Stop Shop’ approach for clients with full concept design facilities, including 3D printing through to design development, tooling, moulding, decorating, labelling and distribution. The company regularly works with global, national and local clients to help them develop their products to achieve optimum shelf presence and to target appropriate customers.
Many consumer brands now operate on a multinational basis and they seek partners that can match their markets. Over 10 years ago M&H recognised this and set up a complete factory in America, which very recently doubled in size to nearly 200,000 square feet. Companies both large and small often require a combination of exclusive and standard designs. M&H’s ability to provide that aforementioned global one-stop shop is probably best illustrated through one particular project where the firm helped a small company of English doctors based in Florida to produce packaging for a vitamin supplement to be marketed in Canada. The company was also able to help the brand owner by linking them to vac-forming companies for retail SKU trays as well as contract fillers in North America.
Another of the innovations that has enabled brand-owners to quickly address varying demands across a family of products is the Di-Fusion cap. Ingenious in its simplicity, the design allows for an insert to be placed within the cap to offer a cost-effective colour differentiation in packaging across large and small families of products. Thoroughly quality tested, the cap passed the most stringent testing from the company’s in-house QA team and, most importantly, allows clients to be very flexible in their ordering as the new technique becomes economic at production runs of 10,000 when compared with bi-injection.
DOT TO DOT
This kind of innovative thinking is endemic throughout M&H Plastics. Mindful of people with visual impairment and their need to identify products in the retail environment, M&H recently developed a technique to print Braille dots onto plastic tubes and bottles. The process has recently been endorsed with accreditation from the Royal Institute of Blind People to BS EN 15823:2010 standards.
With all this ability to service both global clients and yet remain flexible enough to help regional and local companies, M&H continues to grow. As a holder of various quality and environmental accreditations, the company employs specialist continual improvement experts analyse the processes to both increase efficiency and to save money.
So next time you are shopping or in your garage, kitchen or bathroom, have a look at those plastic tubes, jars or bottles and know that when you see ‘MH ‘ on the bottom, your product has been packaged with care.