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LINPAC Packaging site takes home ‘Most Improved Plant’ accolade

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Our St Helens site has been named ‘Most Improved Plant’ at the Best Factory Awards 2014.
The site was also highly commended in the ‘Best Household & General Products Plant’ category, coming runner-up to Coca Cola Enterprises.
The awards are run by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with industry magazine Works Management and celebrate manufacturing excellence in the UK.
St Helens is LINPAC Packaging’s £550m principle site for thermoforming EPS. Last year it manufactured more than one billion products for the UK and European foodservice market including caterers, restaurants and fast food outlets.
Chris Wright, Operations Manager at LINPAC Packaging, said: “We are over the moon with this award and extremely proud to be recognised for our achievements which have come about thanks to the hard work of everyone on site making a conscious effort to make a difference in how we operate.”
Judges said the site stands head and shoulders above others, with Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) approaching 90% for the year to date –  with some machines already greater than 95%.
"Here is a stellar example of a plant that glistens with the effort of sweating assets. LINPAC Packaging in St Helens knows how to get the best from its equipment, its processes and its 110-strong workforce. Those who say high volume, low cost production can no longer succeed in the UK should visit St Helens. This site has quality, service and price wrapped up with outstanding efficiency,” commented judges.
They also remarked on St Helens’ achievement as the top scoring site for operational excellence among all LINPAC Packaging sites and were particularly impressed by a nine-step asset care programme put in place to monitor and analyse equipment performance.
LINPAC has invested significantly in the site; purchases this year alone include scanners to measure base product, an energy efficient infrared oven and on end-of-line automation.
Professor Marek Szwejczewski, director of the Best Factory Awards, said: "This year's award winners cover the spectrum of UK manufacturing. They illustrate the renaissance that is taking place in UK industry. By focusing on high value manufacturing delivered through an emphasis on building world-class factories, they are experiencing sales, export and profit growth."
He added: "Reviewing this year's winners, we can see that they share several common traits; they have a clear manufacturing strategy, which is cascaded down the organisation to the factory floor. The winners are customer-focused; they listen to the voice of the customer and have a strong improvement ethos as part of their DNA.”