Packaging firm boxing clever with expansion plans

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2017

A company whose clients include the likes of Google, Amazon and Dyson is investing £2m in an expansion its East Yorkshire operations.

Cepac is constructing a new 45,000 sq ft production and warehousing facility at its site in Rawcliffe Bridge

The independent corrugated packaging producer bought the Rawcliffe site in 2013 and has since more than doubled the turnover with targeted investments, and increased the workforce from 75 to 125.

As well as increasing capacity and creating more storage space, the latest expansion is designed to enable better workflow and provide the firm with the platform for continued expansion.

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Richard Moore, general manager of the Rawcliffe Bridge factory, said: “Cepac has invested in our site since the acquisition and this latest phase represents the most significant investment at the site for many years.

“The improvements really secure the long-term future of Rawcliffe and underpin its continued growth and our ability to service our customers, in addition to continuing to provide increased employment opportunities for our excellent team.”

BOXING CLEVER: Cepac has increased its workforce at Rawcliffe from 75 to 125

Founded in 1999, Cepac is part of the international HSA Group.

In addition to the Rawcliffe plant, Cepac also has plants at Darlington, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The Rawcliffe site specialises in bespoke corrugated supply chain solutions, covering a wide range of sectors, with customers including Jaguar Land Rover, Ideal Boilers and Iceland Foods.

Ground was broken on the Rawcliffe site in early June.

Foundations are due to be laid this week, with steel work on the new buildings to follow.

Mr Moore said: “The spirit in the plant has been significantly buoyed by this announcement.

“The investment is absolutely key to our future strategic objectives.

“Under Cepac’s ownership the plant has thrived and we are all very excited about the future and our plans for continued expansion.”

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The £2m investment follows a £1m expansion of Cepac’s Doncaster site, which has resulted in doubling the size of the company’s South Yorkshire footprint.

Mr Moore said: “This investment will enable us to partner with many new customers and increase our service offering to our existing customer base.

“We are extremely excited about the future of our plant and meeting our strategic growth targets.”

Paper-based materials have been produced on the site for almost 130 years. It was originally developed for the manufacture of graphic papers.

In the process of digging the foundations for the new buildings, construction workers have unearthed some notable artefacts from the factory’s history in the form of 16 granite mill stones.

It is believed that the mill stones were used for grinding wood pulp imported from Scandinavia and transported to the wharfage behind the site via Goole Harbour, a short distance from Rawcliffe.

“The stones are absolutely enormous,” said Mr Moore. “We believe weigh about four tonnes each.

“They’re roughly around five feet in diameter and two feet thick.

“We had no idea they were there.

“They had been buried in the rubble and then concreted over.

“We’ve preserved them and plan on making them into an architectural feature to reflect our heritage.”


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