Case Study: Yorkshire Envelopes

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“Our first impressions of the KernPack team are being borne out by experience; they are extremely knowledgeable, professional and sincere and we feel confident we have made a good choice in partnering with them”.

Peter Rae

Managing Director

Yorkshire Envelopes embraces fully-automated future with KernPack

In 2011 Yorkshire Envelopes, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of envelopes from paper to pack for the last 30 years, took a large step forward in improving business efficiencies by investing in an advanced shrink wrapping and packing line.  The new Servo X shrink wrapping solution was supplied by KernPack and paves the way for a raft of business efficiencies for Yorkshire Envelopes which will help maintain its position of market dominance.  Yorkshire Envelopes boasts a huge product range which includes a wide selection of coloured envelopes, metallic envelopes, greetings card envelopes and an extensive range of bubble bags and wrap.  It is also able to create bespoke products to specific customer requirements.

The new fully-automated packing line needed to be able to handle a huge diversity of products with quick and easy set up times.   It has already taken on the workload of two older lines and was employed immediately on a large contract for a major stationery and retail outlet.   Yorkshire Envelopes has also been successful in a number of significant projects to supply wholesalers and retailers in an industry that shows no sign of slowing, latest figures show the UK greetings card market alone is worth £1.4bn.

Yorkshire Envelope’s Managing Director, Peter Rae, said:  “Although our customers are largely UK-based we are competing in a global market against countries like China, so ensuring we’ve the best technology at our disposal is a matter of business survival and success – this is why we turned to KernPack.

“The decision wasn’t made lightly; we looked at several different suppliers and found that KernPack won out in a number of areas; not only were the line’s performance metrics very impressive but it offered significant operational cost savings through reduced use of consumables and power consumption.”

Built to order in Germany the new line was put through rigorous testing and inspection ensuring that installation was trouble-free.

Peter confirms that set up times are quick and the line is very easy to run.  “We are really impressed with the machine’s versatility; it can handle anything in our product range, which includes 100s of different items, and deliver packing speeds in the thousands per hour, a significant improvement on the performance of the last lines we were using. Performance and delivery timelines are more and more critical in delivering customer satisfaction and business success as we are competing in a global market.”

Following a smooth installation process, KernPack conducted extensive training for four members of Yorkshire Envelope’s staff who claim to be delighted to be working on the new line, finding it clean, efficient and very fast.

Peter Rae concludes: “Our first impressions of the KernPack team are being borne out by experience; they are extremely knowledgeable, professional and sincere and we feel confident we have made a good choice in partnering with them”.