We extend a warm welcome to six new additions who have recently joined us.
RYAN TRIMMER – Machine Operator Apprentice
Ryan Trimmer becomes the first successful candidate to join our new Apprenticeship programme at fc cartons. This will enable us to have sustainable skills throughout our business and industry.
Ryan joined us after completing a year’s course in engineering at Derby College and has continued his development by working through an NVQ level 2 diploma in manufacturing operations on-site at fc. Carl from Matrix makes regular visits to see how Ryan is getting on with his NVQ and also to monitor his progress within the business and especially within the die cutting and creasing process.
He is proving to be a real success and has been rewarded for his efforts. I am sure that by the end of his apprenticeship, the skills he has learned will benefit both himself and fc in the future.
Ryan says “this is so different to college but more enjoyable working with the team, I know I have lots more to learn but already feel I contribute”.
He is hard working, eager to learn and very enthusiastic, we couldn’t be more pleased! The Apprentice programme is ongoing and we look forward to giving more young people the opportunity to learn new skills across all our capabilities and join our already talented team.
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“they believed that what they were doing
was vital for the betterment of society”
Team fc always strive to set the highest possible standards.
Our key values are embodied within “Betterment”
fc cartons are proud to announce the launch of our new Pick and Place process.
Following an extensive development programme from August 2016, we’ve now introduced the Esatec Digistar Window Patcher Pick and Place machine (WPPP) to further enhance the finishing capabilities we can offer to our customers – the WPPP is the most complete Digistar machine available to date.
It is a multi-functional automatic window application system which cuts film in line from a roll and also places pre-creased/die cut windows onto finished carton blanks; using a highly bespoke, electric pre-programmed management system.
With unlimited design possibilities, the carton can incorporate any shape as the window is placed on the inside – meaning glue points and bleeds are discretely hidden, ideal for seamless, luxury packaging.
An impressive technical ability allows the machine to cater for a large number of applications and carton styles for both Window Patching and Pick and Place. Whilst performing with utmost accuracy, the Pick and Place machine also has the ability to produce Tri-Fold cartons – an increasingly popular aesthetic device seen more often in up-market or luxury packaging.
Cartons are fed into the machine in a normal fashion, however, the Digistar has the ability to pre-split the carton, insert a full window between and eventually glue it. The result is a four-panel window which effectively showcases the product – presented beautifully in 360-degree angles, unlike most other packaging designs.
Whilst this process is relatively new to fc cartons we have already attracted new customers and expanded an already extensive and versatile service for existing customers who have all been exceptionally pleased with the results. We are proud to share just a couple of the testimonials we have received to date:
“I have been delighted by the efficient and timely service provided by fc cartons for Pick and Place work sent out to them, and more importantly, we achieved the required completion date for the customer. I will not hesitate to use them in the future, especially for Pick and Place processes.”
“We outsourced one of our highest profile product lines to fc cartons during a period of heavy demand and I was very impressed by their ability to produce high quality products having had very little exposure to the design prior to production.”
For fc cartons, Pick and Place adds another important piece of the jigsaw to our capability of offering an exceptional range of finishing solutions. It allows fc cartons to manufacture highly niche and creative designs tailored towards higher end products. Since having the machine, fc cartons have produced a variety of carton styles from perfume to cake boxes. It allows us to offer our customers the opportunity to fully show off their products, increase shelf impact and enhance their overall competitive edge.
Over the past 14 years, FC have been involved in Easter egg packaging, so here are some facts and figures we thought we would share with you…
FC Cartons achieve Grant funding from Enterprising North West Leicestershire to support their IT project to install a CRM system.
David, Deborah and the FC Cartons team were as supportive as ever and with their sponsorship and that of my family and friends, I managed to raise a final total of £632.
On Friday 30th September FC Cartons hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £500 for cancer support! A real team effort was made to get baking and all of the tasty treats looked fantastic displayed on FC’s kraft stands, trays and boxes. It turns out that ‘Chunk’ makes a smashing salted caramel brownie! We were overwhelmed to see so many friendly faces at the coffee morning, and the generous donations made by all. The raffle, where we had some great prizes up for grabs, was exceptionally popular with staff. Gareth Northover from Despatch won a meal for two, kindly donated by The Castle Inn in Castle Donington. With plenty of cakes to go round, we made sure all the guests and staff left with a box of goodies to take home. On behalf of FC Cartons I would like to thank everyone for baking, attending and donating in support of Macmillan.
Highly conscious of this, and insistent on obtaining a degree from Loughborough (ranked 2nd in the UK for Art & Design), I threw myself whole heartedly into every brief and learning opportunity to understand techniques many of my fellow students had grasped from preparatory foundation courses and so on – a welcomed challenge.
The industrial placement constitutes my third year of the BA Hons degree in Visual Communication and Illustration. The course offers highly stimulating project briefs, designed to equip a young designer with fundamental knowledge, skills and theories to perform within the industry. My first two years have been spent exploring typography, web design, photography, illustration and art theories just to name a few topics. An independent learning style allows masses of capacity where high quality and diverse outcomes are derived from the same brief – it is rather fascinating to observe individual peers develop their work so drastically differently from one another yet originate from the same starting point.
During my second year I found myself engrossed within the realm of packaging design. I was thrilled to secure a placement with FC Cartons as it is a brilliant opportunity to gain a highly valuable learning experience within a packaging environment. My role as a ‘packaging innovation’ intern will comprise largely of in-depth research into commercial business, ergonomic, technological and inventive concepts which could enhance the performance of a package, eventually deliverable by FC Cartons. Our Kongsberg CAD Table will enable me to produce bespoke pieces and test their suitability as an innovative product through meticulous examination, observation and on-going development.
Since starting at FC Cartons in July, I have begun a variety of projects which have provoked thoughts of additional pathways my career could take upon graduation, such as branding, marketing and business operations. FC Cartons largely supply clients in the food and beverage sector which has inspired my research into new packaging concepts and food identity in correspondence to ever changing consumer desires and requirements.
As the year progresses I am looking forward to venturing onto new projects, furthering my research and committing to FC Cartons with my creative input. Undoubtedly, my knowledge will benefit profoundly from working with industry experts within a family run business which I hope to utilise in the final year of my degree.
As it was the end of the week and everyone had been working so hard, we thought we’d treat the team to lunch. Normally we’d have an Indian theme, but for a change decided to go for traditional Friday Fish ‘n’ Chips.
Daniel from ‘Mobile Fish & Chips’ arrived in our car park at 11.00am sharp, got his fryer fired up and promptly started serving up piping hot fish ‘n’ chips at 11.45am!
The lunchtime treat was very well received and we got some lovely comments from the team: “A smashing treat”; “I’ve never worked anywhere where I’ve got fish and chips for lunch”; “Good fish ‘n’ chips piping hot!”; “Can we do it every Friday”? To top it all, Daniel was even using cardboard trays, (I feared they might be polystyrene) but we were more than happy to see nested trays being used! Next time? An Italian theme perhaps, anybody for pizza?