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Our Staff Step up to Support the UK

Praise for our staff

The box making machines at Atlas Packaging are hard at work as staff at the North Devon manufacturing firm step up to help the UK’s supply chain during the Coronavirus crisis. Demand for medicine and food packaging have increased as people are staying at home and ordering online. There have been lots more requests for mail order and vegetable delivery boxes as well as Shelf Ready Packaging. To be able to respond to this the cardboard packaging company based in Barnstaple has carried out a full review of its operations to ensure that only the key workers involved in the production process are at the factory. Here’s Atlas Packaging’s Managing Director Jason Sharman.

“We have nothing but praise for the professionalism of all of our staff who have responded to this crisis in a safe yet industrious way. To help them work safely we’ve changed the way we run things here and have split production into separate teams as well as ensuring social distancing at all times including whilst operating the machinery. Staff are using hand sanitisers as an additional protection for the packaging and our delivery drivers are using systems for drop off that also avoid any potential contamination.”

Keeping the UK supplied

Atlas produces a range of cardboard based boxes and other packaging across all industries. The cardboard box company has seen some businesses postpone orders while firms go into lock down. But there has been a rush to meet lots of extra orders from food, drink and pharmaceutical businesses that are producing as much as they can to keep the UK supplied with essential items. Box production staff in Barnstaple know they’re helping in this massive national effort to keep the supermarkets stocked as a lot of the packaging that they’re making will be placed directly on to the shelves for increased speed of stacking.

“We’ve put up some photos on our production screens that we’ve found online showing boxes being sent to NHS staff and other key workers. We really want our teams to know that the work they’re doing is valued and an important cog in the wheel of how the UK is trying to overcome the virus. Without boxes then goods couldn’t be sent so efficiently around the country helping people to stay home with online deliveries and also for chemists, supermarkets and shops to keep their shelves full. “



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