Northern Paper Board has unveiled plans for a £1.3 million expansion and investment project at its six-acre site in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Work is scheduled to begin this month, with a summer completion date.
The company remains the UK’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of solid board boxes for the food processing industry, primarily serving the meat and poultry markets, with a growing presence across both the fish and horticultural sectors.
While primarlily providing urgently needed additional space to store finished goods, the new 22,000 sq ft three-bay stock warehouse will also house a Bobst Domino high-speed folder gluer, further boosting manufacturing capabilities and capacity, primarily for bespoke printed boxes. This in itself represents an investment of £600,000.
Managing director John Curran said: “We completed our existing building in 2010 and are now literally bursting at the seams. The project will allow the business to grow significantly.
“We have already shown solid year-on-year growth, from £5.4 million to £10.5 million annual turnover over the past five years. We can now confidently expect to achieve a further 20% per cent per year growth.
“We currently have the capacity to produce 18 million boxes per year. With our existing staff alone, we have the potential to to increase manufacturing capacity by up to 40%, or 25 to 30 million boxes per year when the new building is fully operational. We plan to introduce two shifts and want to see our turnover grow to up to £35 million over the next seven years.”