Canny investments paying off for packaging firm

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A multi-million pound investment in plant and machinery – with more potentially in the pipeline – is proving money well spent for a specialist printed flexible packaging company.

Roberts Mart & Co Ltd, says despite this difficult period for many manufacturers, it is confident 2020 will show another increase in its turnover.

This figure has grown on average by 11% year-on-year since the company’s move to its state-of-the-art facility on the outskirts of Leeds in 2004.

During this time Roberts Mart has invested around £40m in equipment, general upgrades and training of staff at its plant.

In order to stay ahead of the competition, the firm is now considering expanding its single site capacity by 55,000 sq ft.

This will free up extra production space for further investments, meaning another boost to the current head count of 230 which has doubled since 2004.

Managing director, William Roberts, attributes the company’s growth down to its independence which means it has the ability to react quickly to changing markets.

He said the six-generation family run business has also focused on buying best-of-range machinery, while employing some of the most experienced flexible packaging professionals in the industry.

Roberts added: “We have not compromised on anything. Our growth strategy is underpinned by the best technology, the right people and seizing opportunities in the right markets.

“You can now find our packaging in almost every aisle in every supermarket in the country.

“However, we’re not resting on our laurels, we’re still looking to strengthen our presence in our core food and drinks markets.

“We have a loyal workforce and high retention rate because we’re concerned for our people’s welfare, even outside of work and especially with the current public health crisis.

“We believe in treating people fairly and providing them with the high-quality facilities expected of a successful business.”

Roberts Mart is also committed to reducing the impact its products have on the environment with an ongoing sustainability drive that includes supplying films and pouches that can be completely biodegradable or recyclable through a household bin.

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