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2023 – Sheard Packaging’s Year of Innovation: Our Journey Through Investment and Advancements

In the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of packaging solutions, Sheard Packaging has emerged as a trailblazer over the past year, demonstrating yet again a steadfast commitment to investment and innovation. This article takes you on a comprehensive exploration of the initiatives undertaken by Sheard Packaging, shedding light on the strategic investments made and the ground-breaking innovations introduced in the pursuit of excellence. From cutting-edge technologies to visionary approaches, join us as we delve into the remarkable developments that have positioned Sheard Packaging at the very forefront of the corrugated industry!
The most exciting and innovative investment of the year was definitely the Mobile Innovation Centre, otherwise known as MiC. A 40-foot trailer with expandable sides, providing a 60 square metre workspace, resembling those used by Hollywood and Formula One Teams. Onboard, MiC replicates essential services provided in our state of the art Innovation & Design Centre and hosts cutting-edge technology such as a Zünd cutting table and a mobile laboratory facility. MiC also serves as a platform for live demonstrations of Machine Systems offerings showcasing customer-specific boxes and products, bringing together box supply and automation as a full supply package.

This innovative investment enhances the customer experience, offering a myriad of applications and benefits, and allows our teams to swiftly address challenges and implement changes, significantly reducing time to market. As MiC hits the road, booking slots are filling up rapidly, promising an exciting journey to explore the industry as partners.

sheard industry leading design team

Embarking on a journey of continual improvement, Sheard Packaging has not only revolutionised its on-the-go capabilities with MiC but has also made significant investments at our base in Halifax. Witnessing a transformation in our workplace environment, we’ve recently erected brand-new offices above our factory floor, accompanied by a state-of-the-art canteen, all meticulously designed and constructed by the experts at Equinox. These modern, well-lit spaces not only redefine our office aesthetics but also serve as a source of inspiration, contributing to an uplifted atmosphere that resonates positively with our dedicated workforce.

The Loft

Operational investments kicked off with the implementation of the latest industry technology, beginning with the installation of a new, state-of-the-art Emba 175 QS line. This was swiftly followed by the integration of an Asahi automated flatbed die-cutting line. These strategic investments were further enhanced with the incorporation of automated pre-feeders, robot palletizers, and comprehensive conveyorisation, seamlessly connecting the new equipment to the entire factory infrastructure. To ensure an holistic approach, two pre-feeders were retrofitted onto existing case makers, completing the overall enhancement of operational efficiency and production capabilities.

Adding to the advancements at our site, we proudly announce the installation of a second Göpfert HQPP die cutter, a twin machine complementing our existing Göpfert. Positioned side-by-side with our newly automated flatbed die cutting line, this strategic addition represents a substantial investment geared towards setting unprecedented standards of excellence in die cutting and print definition. The synergy of these twin machines enhances our production capabilities, ensuring precision and efficiency that align with our commitment to delivering best in class corrugated solutions.

Gopfert Machine

This dual-pronged approach, both in physical infrastructure and machinery upgrades, underscores Sheard Packaging’s dedication to staying at the forefront of the corrugated packaging industry. As we continue to evolve and innovate, these investments reinforce our position as an industry leader in delivering superior packaging solutions while providing an optimal environment for our team to thrive.