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As the latest Ashes series continues, we thought it would be great to share our latest line up with you, our selection process covers the following criterion:

Systems and Quality control: Team fc are very proud of our BRC AA 100% compliant status, however we never take our accreditation for granted. We continually review our systems and procedures to ensure they match the changes within our business as it continues to develop and evolve, we strive to continually improve the business and drive that improvement by continually reviewing our KPI’s analysing trends, gaps and inconsistencies.

We set ourselves targets which are shared throughout the business to ensure everyone within the business has a clear vision of what is required to achieve the standards we require. Our Team know what the future looks like as we drive development to cover all aspects of our business: product, staff, plant and machinery and process. Our customers’ can be assured that their product is produced through our processes in a safe and hygienic environment and to the highest quality standards available.

The quality of our service – we will not let you down:

“FC Cartons, time and again has gone the extra mile to get cartons delivered on time in full without ever letting quality standards slip”

“FC Cartons have such a depth of knowledge and expertise that if a problem exists on a job we have delivered, they will review and see if a solution exists which would resolve the issue without a complete re-print, saving valuable time and money”

Using our knowledge, experience and expertise: Our innovation centre offers a level of specialist finishing solutions which is unrivalled in the market place. Quite simply we have become the finishing solutions problem solver where customers’ and potential customers’ approach fc to establish the technological possibility of achieving a specific finishing solution

Putting investment first, so you don’t have to: we have continually invested in the latest and best plant and equipment available, we now have the most complete and comprehensive finishing solutions facility available in the market place.

Customer Relationship Management

Our comprehensive CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system enables us to record and respond to our customers’ needs with greater efficiency. This integrates fully with our existing system and enables us to capture all customer related information, quotes and documents in one place. Our processes can be transparent with our customers’ systems to give the end user a seamless process. We can adopt our customers’ requirements from data collection to quality control or we can adapt our systems to ensure that our customers’ and the end user’s needs are met.

Would you like to work in real time?

We do work in real time with some customers’, where they have requested this facility – giving them live production and despatch data, which has improved their own efficiencies and their customer service.

So would you like the opportunity to work with Team fc in real time?

Contact: Sales@fccartons.co.uk

So with all the selection criterion considered, this is our Ashes Team, why not put us to the ‘test’:

  • BRC AA Accreditation
  • Innovation Centre
  • New Production Hub
  • Window Patching
  • Die-cutting & creasing
  • Multi-point Gluing
  • Collarettes
  • Pick & Place
  • Nested trays
  • 4 & 6 Corner
  • Experience & Expertise
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Team fc can deliver a new dimension in nested trays

Plastic or a new fresh cardboard, paper based biodegradable product – which do you prefer

When we installed our latest Heiber and Schröder CE1000 nested tray forming machine, which is equipped to run twin stream, our innovation team set about developing modifications that have comprehensively changed the running capability and flexibility of what we can finish to perfectly dovetail with our customers’ requirements. However we have been surprised at the speed and demand for change from the plastic option to cardboard, paper based biodegradable products.

This versatility enables us to handle a wide range of sizes and substrates, including those made from coated materials which are used for fresh, chilled or wet foods and often designed with an integral lid or window. These materials also offer a more sustainable form of packaging as they are recyclable and biodegradable.

Primarily nested tray cartons will contain food substances which, thanks to our BRC ‘AA’ 100% compliance, you can be assured your nested trays will be run to the highest quality hygiene standards available.

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So if you want your nested trays to have a new dimension email: david@fccartons.co.uk or Sales@fccartons.co.uk

The move from Plastic to the paper based biodegradable option continues to gather pace and no wonder with soft fruits staying fresher for up to three days longer in cardboard, paper based products, scientific research has indicated that paper based trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms. Cardboard, paper based offers a more biodegradable option and will therefore continue to make a massive impact from an environmental perspective.

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Further evidence and support has shown that plastic free aisles have led to an increase in sales (reported by The Grocer 9th March 2019) and of the world’s population 7.2 billion, 82% of customers are concerned about wasteful packaging (Food and Drink Network UK Volume 19 Issue 02)

For more information on what we could deliver for you email: david@fccartons.co.uk or Sales@fccartons.co.uk

Or telephone: 01332 850648 we would be delighted to discuss ways we could help you deliver a new dimension in nested trays

Green objectives update

Team fc are truly proud and committed to continually improving our Environmental credentials:

  • Having planted 512 Trees over the last twelve years, we are proud and pleased with the Environmental impact this has made and the contribution it makes to our carbon neutral status.
    We have now committed to Planting a further 200 trees at Bawdon Wood, with the planting commencing in November 2019 we will be in a position to give you further updates in future issues.
  • Waste Re-cycling has always been an area where we have continually strived to improve, we continually set new performance targets and have now achieved a result where 99.8% of our waste is recycled. We still want to improve, another 0.2%! Is the target for Team fc. We are also really proud that all our recycled production waste is back in the supply chain within one month.
  • Our brand new 36,000 Sq. Ft. Production Hub has LED sensor sensitive lighting throughout which will save both energy and cost.
  • We have a 2019 objective to completely remove single use plastic from our Business, we will update you in future Newsletters of our progress.
  • We are delighted to confirm we are working towards accreditation of the latest 14001 Environmental Management Standard. As part of this process we continue to monitor all of our targets and procedures to ensure we achieve the standards we set ourselves.

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Welcome Aboard

Tash Taylor – Sales Administrator


Tash has moved back to a Sales admin role after a short stint as a buyer for a motorcycle manufacturer. Whilst she has only been with us seven weeks Tash has settled really well into Team fc. Previous to that she has had 10 years sales admin experience in the oil & gas industry.

Keen to get her hands dirty and knuckle down with the job and also on a rugby pitch. Yes Rugby, also an F1 fanatic who also enjoys walking. Tash lives locally with her other half Jason.

Q & A with Team FC

Q: Are Biodegradable Plastics Good For the Environment?

Conventional plastics are made from petroleum based products derived from oil. They will either take hundreds of years to break down or, in the worst case, never decompose. Biodegradable plastics are made from conventional petroleum based plastics, but also contain chemical additives. These additives cause the plastic to break down more rapidly when exposed to air and light, but could take anywhere between 2-5 years to break down, if not longer. The other type of biodegradable plastic is known as bioplastic. Bioplastics tend to be made from plant biomass, such as corn starch, sugar cane or wheat, and should either completely and rapidly break down naturally, or be compostable. However whether a product is biodegradable or not ultimately depends on where it ends up.

Biodegradable plastics are not good for the environment as they are rarely recyclable, and biodegradable does not mean the same thing as compostable. Compostable goods are often a better choice than biodegradable ones, but only if you can compost appropriately. So the answer we firmly believe is to take plastic out of the equation and use cardboard, paper based biodegradable products.

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Welcome Aboard

Patrycja

Patrycja transferred to team fc six months ago from a print company in Holland where she worked as a machine assistant. She enjoys reading books and isn’t a fan of sport.

Seb

Seb joined team fc five months ago with some existing experience of carton finishing, a role which he held previously with another company. His hobbies include IT, music, playing games and skate boarding. He supports FC Barcelona although he prefers to play basketball.

Matt

Matt joined us four months ago from JCB in Uttoxeter where he was making plant machinery. He has fitted in well at team fc and finds his new role very different to his previous job. In his spare time Matt likes tinkering with cars and spending time with his son.

Ewa

Ewa joined team fc five months ago from a similar role and feels she has settled in well. When not at work she enjoys photography, painting and rollerskating and is a fan of the mighty FC Barcelona.

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Castle Donington Community College – Careers Week

Sally Berrill Head of Year 10 contacted us and asked if we would be able to support Year 10 careers week. We have had a long relationship with the College through the Design & Art department and we were happy to host some sessions to support a Packaging project the students were studying, the young pupils visited our premises and saw Easter egg packaging being produced, that then lead on to us running a Packaging Award – the criteria was to redesign the packaging for a product using cardboard rather than its existing plastic packaging, we had some fantastic results.

So it was an easy “yes” to support the careers week.

We took three students to go into production for five days and experience packaging being produced to its finished stage, ready for the product to be inserted, then shipped off to the retailers. We also offered one student the opportunity to experience our administration processes through the business from Sales to Quality Control and Systems Procedures.

On day one we had three very shy and nervous young men, but during the week their personalities came through and we were pleased to be able to offer them a taste of the working world, we received some very good feedback from them and even had a request for a permanent job when they finished their schooling, so it created a really positive experience all-round.

We hope that we have been able to highlight a working week to them by taking a small window and letting them see what going to work really feels like and understand the expectations of an employer.

During the week they chatted to our team, asked a lot of questions about our business and I hope the whole experience was thought provoking for them and you never know we may see them again in the fc colours.

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BRC ‘AA’ grade retained and 100% compliant

FC Cartons once again celebrates its British Retail Consortium (BRC) – Packaging & Packaging Materials ‘AA’ grade certification.

We are pleased to announce that we have continued our British Retail Consortium (BRC) – Packaging & Packaging Materials standard at the prestigious ‘AA’ grade level. Director of fc cartons Debra Woodyatt commented:

“We have said many times before that we are always looking for continual improvement across all aspects of our business – from process requirements, to warehousing space and now we’ve achieved another BRC Audit with ‘AA’ and 100% compliance.

We’re so pleased with the outcome of our Audit, obviously with an ‘AA’ grade last year with 100% compliance the pressure was on to retain it. I was thrilled with our 100%, it just reinforces the team’s positive work ethic that we all have and every one of our staff understands the importance of external accreditation to our business. It’s an exciting time at fc and with this Audit, under our belt, and our new production facility fully operational, we can now concentrate on making further improvements in all areas of our business which will further enhance the quality of service we can deliver to our customers”.

Managing Director of fc cartons David Woodyatt added:

“With just three months to the Audit, we moved all production to our new facility, right up until the last day of the Audit we were concerned that we may have missed something in our interpretation of the standard when we had applied it to the new production area. So you can imagine how pleased we all were when it was announced that we had achieved 100% on top of a huge move and refit, a massive thank you to everyone with a special mention for our BRC compliance team”

Just one part of this continual improvement is the Quality Management System which provides guidance and a framework for moving forward under the BRC banner. fc cartons first applied for and attained the BRC – Packaging & Packaging Materials standard over six years ago. Over this period of time, fc cartons has improved their grading to achieve the ‘AA’ grade through great teamwork, clear communication and a desire to offer the very best in customer service.

Debra Woodyatt continued:

“Following the auditors comments, which included references such as ‘Nice friendly people’ and ‘a good facility’ we would like to take this opportunity to thank the fc cartons team and our customers for supporting us through yet another successful year.”

To find out more about fc cartons’ BRC related work or any pick and place, gluing, folding window patching and die-cutting projects, visit: www.fccartons.co.uk

fc cartons all under one roof again!

‘The Hub’ is our new production facility three times the size of the old plant and eleven times larger than the original premises, Team fc will once again be under one roof, this investment will maximise the current efficiencies achievable whilst future proofing the business. Logistically it will offer vast improvements in the movement of goods around the plant, with plenty of room for expansion.

Before acquiring our new premises, we were constantly juggling production workflow to alleviate capacity issues - occasionally having to turn work away because of the lack of capacity to meet the growing demands of customers. Our new premises at Langham Park Industrial Estate in Castle Donington was a big investment, but the right business decision. Since having the additional space, capacity issues have disappeared and the storage capacity allows further added value by providing a stock holding service as and when required.

(For further details email: david@fccartons.co.uk)

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Job creation and succession planning are critical to the company’s growth and the extra space allows for the potential to create up to 20 new jobs over the next five years. Through grant funding and personal investment we have shown a commitment and demonstrated we provide the best service possible, we create jobs and continue to build a business that is robust and can deliver an ever-evolving capability offer to our clients.

The level of investment made in both plant and additional factory space is a testament to the faith in our team to grow the business and provide a level of customer service second to none. This commitment to innovation and future growth comes at a price, however, we’re confident that the investment will pay dividends for customers both in terms of improved lead times and the highest level of carton finishing.

Staying focused and continually reviewing customers’ needs is extremely important in a constantly evolving marketplace where innovation is central to growth. The management team at fc cartons has always invested in the next generation to ensure the business has a secure and successful future.

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New production facilities

fc’s extensive new facilities will allow planned future expansion with the confidence that space for new manufacturing processes will not be a problem. All of our new and existing State-Of-The-Art equipment has been installed, ‘The Hub’ offers the team a fantastic new working environment. The Company strives for continual improvement across all aspects of the business. The Innovation Centre offers a level of specialist finishing solutions which is unrivalled in the market place. Quite simply we have become the ‘Go-To’ problem solver where customers and potential customers approach fc to establish the technological possibility of achieving a specific finishing solution. We continue to develop and extend the process capability we offer, we can now expand the services with the addition of new processes whilst still providing versatility, capacity and efficiency extensions to current processes.

fc offer all the above within a BRC environment where an ‘AA’ and 100% compliant status has been achieved

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Article in Packaging News

Q: Amidst the single-use plastic debate, do you feel the paper and corrugated packaging sectors have capitalized? Has it brought in new business to you?

David was asked this question by Packaging News and this is what he said

“I believe the corrugated sector has started to capitalize but the sector has huge opportunities in terms of the potential, for instance Soft Fruits stays fresh for up to three more days in corrugated trays. Scientific research has indicated that corrugated trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms.

Corrugated offers a more biodegradable option and will, therefore, make a massive impact from an environmental perspective.

Yes, it has created a number of new opportunities, we are currently working on many projects to provide an alternative to plastic.”

View the full article here

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