We pride ourselves on bringing ‘intelligent solutions’ to the market, supporting our customers to deliver impact and to add value: from increasing safety to product security and sustainability. To assist your search we have categorised our key raw materials into the main industrial sectors below.
Industries we work in
It usually takes an accident or a disaster to lead to the improvement of safety for the general public. Certainly, this has been true for the development of applications based on GSS and LumiNova® phosphorescent pigments which are used to manufacture non-electrical safety signs and safety wayguidance systems. In the workplace Ukaphob non-slip coatings are applied to transit packaging to prevent accidents in the handling of palletised goods.
Globalisation of trade and international business creates new markets for branded products but it also gives the counterfeiter opportunities. The trade in counterfeit goods now accounts for 2.5% of world trade. For a brand owner the copying of a product may seriously damage a brand’s image and this may be expensive to repair. However, much more serious is when such activity is applied to pharmaceuticals, currency or passports. Then it becomes a matter of life and death or of national security.
Plastics have been the subject of a lot of negative media coverage with growing evidence of pollution in our oceans and river systems. Plastics, as a versatile range of materials which have the possibility to adapt to suit different applications at low unit cost, have perhaps been a victim of their own success. The range of end applications is vast from toothbrushes to aircraft parts.
Paper and Board
The opportunities to develop the market by replacing plastic packaging with barrier coated paper and board are immense. When one considers the use of recyclable sustainable packaging the real cost is much lower than it is when using non-recyclable plastic packaging. Using sustainable packaging meets the public demand for change, the positive marketing value this has and recognises the changing policy landscape.
Although we are living in a digital age there is still a substantial amount of printing and in many cases there is no digital alternative. Therefore, printing with inks on a variety of substrates remains an important and highly effective form of communication.
The Henry Ford proposal for his Model T that ‘you can have it any colour you like as long as it’s black’ is a thing of the past. Now branded goods are constantly jockeying for position in the market and on the shop shelves by the reinforcement of a particular feature or characteristic that can justify its position and price to the consumer. Much of the marketing effort involves developing an image for the product or for the user of the product and this is often communicated by means of the packaging design.
The general philosophy underlying everything we do in our company is to promote and develop business which supports the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy. The recent publicity surrounding plastic in our oceans and the resultant harm to marine life has finally resulted in more attention being given to the footprint of our packaging for goods.