Bonnie Howard March 28, 2014

jason1Hopping into the hot-seat for our first company Q&A, we get the inside info from JASON SHARMAN, Managing Director at Atlas Packaging…

Atlas Packaging is a name known to many, but for the sake of the newcomers amongst us (ahem) could we please start with a brief overview of the origins of the company?
Atlas Packaging was founded in 1983 and has steadily built an enviable reputation as one of the largest independent, innovative and dependable corrugated sheet plants in the country. The company is based in Barnstaple, North Devon and we have invested heavily over recent years allowing us to compete in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Operating from a 100,000 sq. ft. production facility with both ISO 9001:2008, BRC/IOP and FSC accreditation, we can confidently supply a wide range of industry sectors. We are also one of the select few sheet plants that have Asda approved supplier status. Our service levels extend nationwide and cover Europe as we regularly deliver to the continent for many of our larger blue chip customers.

The company believes strongly in going green and has made great strides in sustainability, can you fill us in on current and future plans in the environmental arena?
Over the past five years, we have worked closely with a team of environmental specialists and have taken advantage of government grants in order to introduce several measures designed to reduce our pollution and carbon footprint. The programme has achieved significant resource efficiency savings and has thus far, reduced our carbon footprint by around 125 tonnes per year.
Specifically, we have introduced:-
A new lighting system in our production facility which boasts significant energy efficient capabilities including PIR and better lumens.
Solar panels installed on the roof of the production facility keeps employees warm in winter using a sustainable energy source .
A newly installed water treatment plant separates out the inks used in production in an easily disposable format.
In November 2011, Atlas Packaging achieved an FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) accreditation with a Chain of Custody Certificate. This prestigious accolade is testament to our commitment to the environment and responsible forest management. A Chain of Custody Certificate gives Atlas customers the comfort of knowing that the end product comes from a well-managed, sustainable forest which protects long term timber supplies as well as the environment and the people and communities that depend on the forest for their livelihood.
In 2014 we will be working to achieve ISO14001 aligned to the work already conducted to reduce our carbon footprint.

What does Atlas offer clients by way of print processes to help them achieve maximum impact?
Last year, we invested over £2-million in a new machine, the Emba 245 QS Ultima, which is the first of its type to be installed in the UK. Apart from being fully automated, quick set and capable of running at 18,000 boxes per hour, the machine boasts a four colour + IR dryer with enhanced print which surpasses all current standards of post print flexo, even rivalling pre-print in some instances.emba1LR

Offering the packaging product flexibility of a Chinese contortionist then, which industries does Atlas currently serve?
Atlas is fully geared up to work with a huge diversity of industries and we are delighted to rise to any challenge. Our current specialisations are in food and drink, horticulture, pharmaceutical, furniture and the automotive industries.

And how do you ensure you stay ahead of the curve?
Apart from having the most advanced machine for the corrugated industry installed at our plant, we have a superb team of structural designers who are capable of creating just about anything from a piece of corrugated. They will rise to any challenge to create the perfect package solution whether it is a standard fefco style box or the very latest in bespoke transit, shelf ready packaging or point-of-sale displays.
Our reputation for innovative and cost-effective design has been widely recognised throughout the industry and we have won several prestigious Starpack awards including a gold award for a revolutionary Retail Ready Packaging design.
We are also one of the few corrugated sheet plants in the UK to offer an in-house graphic design team capable of adding embellishments and details that turn an ordinary box into something eye-catching and exciting.

Finally, what can we expect to see from Atlas Packaging in 2014?
More of the same. More growth, more innovation and more happy customers. Watch this space!