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This entry was posted on 19th June 2024 by Owen Sylvester
The Macfarlane Packaging Design and Manufacture team are exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering show at the NEC in Birmingham on 30 and 31 October. This two-day event is the UK’s largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals of its kind and returns to the National Exhibition ...
This entry was posted on 7th May 2024 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Group PLC will today hold its Annual General Meeting at which Aleen Gulvanessian, Chair, will provide a Trading Update covering 2024 to date. As anticipated, the start of 2024 has been challenging with first quarter sales and profits below the same period in 2023. Despite the ...
This entry was posted on 29th April 2024 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Group has marked 75 years of business with celebrations amongst its staff across the UK and Europe. The business was founded on 26th April 1949 by the late Lord Macfarlane and 75 years later, the company has leading UK positions in the distribution of protective packaging products and ...
This entry was posted on 29th February 2024 by Owen Sylvester
ANNUAL RESULTS 2023 Group profit before tax ahead of previous year   FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 2023  £000 2022  £000 Increase/    %     (Decrease) £000 £000 % Statutory ...
This entry was posted on 2nd October 2023 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane announces the acquisition of B&D 2010 Group Limited (“B&D”), a specialist protective packaging business based in the South of England.  This earnings enhancing acquisition is in line with Macfarlane’s stated strategy of building its protective packaging business through a ...
This entry was posted on 5th September 2023 by Owen Sylvester
Today (5th September 2023) is International Day of Charity and Macfarlane Packaging is marking the milestone of having helped feed 1 million pets in need. Blue Cross is one of Macfarlane’s chosen charity partners and Macfarlane supports it by providing transport and storage for pet food ...
This entry was posted on 6th March 2023 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Group PLC (“Macfarlane”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of A.E. Sutton Limited, trading as Suttons Performance Packaging (“Suttons”), a specialist protective packaging manufacturing business based in Cambridgeshire.  The earnings enhancing acquisition is in line with ...
This entry was posted on 5th October 2021 by George Horbury
Macfarlane Group, the UK’s largest supplier of protective packaging, has achieved a Gold rating in a sustainability survey conducted by EcoVadis. This important rating – which is said to be the world’s most trusted business sustainability rating – places Macfarlane Group in the top 5% of ...
This entry was posted on 3rd February 2021 by George Horbury
Reduce the impact of timber price increases If you are using timber pallets or timber-based packaging hold on tight, 2021 could prove to be a bumpy ride.   Current conditions have created “a perfect storm” as timber shortages drive price increases in the market. What is causing ...
This entry was posted on 7th December 2020 by Amy Bulsara
There is growing pressure (and a desire) for businesses to become more environmentally friendly and to demonstrate this commitment to customers. If you are looking for ways to improve your environmental credentials, there are many “quick wins” out there to help you make simple switches. One ...
This entry was posted on 3rd November 2020 by Amy Bulsara
As Brexit negotiations continue, the UK timber packaging and pallet industry are planning for a worst-case scenario that will see shipments to the European Union required to use ISPM15 (heat-treated) grade timber for pallets, softwood cases, packaging and dunnage. Currently, pallets, timber ...
This entry was posted on 19th October 2020 by Owen Sylvester
After a busy summer I thought it would be useful to update you on key developments at Macfarlane Group: While we saw some easing of restrictions across the summer, as COVID levels went into retreat, regrettably we are now seeing the reinstatement of controls, with the prospect of life (and ...
This entry was posted on 14th July 2020 by Owen Sylvester
As we all take the first tentative steps in response to the easing of some of the Government’s lockdown measures, I thought it would be useful to update you on the actions we are taking at Macfarlane. All of our sites have been operational throughout lockdown, with a number of our staff also ...
This entry was posted on 8th April 2020 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Group PLC provides an update with regards to the COVID – 19 crisis. As we continue our lockdown, I thought I should update you on how Macfarlane Group is responding to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. We fully recognise the important role your business plays in supporting the ...
This entry was posted on 25th March 2020 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Group PLC provides an update on our plans in response to the COVID – 19 crisis. Below is a statement from our CEO, Peter Atkinson. These are extraordinary times and I feel it is important to update you on our plans in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Many of our customers play a ...
This entry was posted on 15th January 2019 by Amy Bulsara
If you’re looking for a way to reduce costs in your business and think you have exhausted all avenues then, maybe your packaging holds the key to further reductions. Packaging can play a vital role in giving you a competitive edge, it’s got the potential to help uncover savings within your ...
This entry was posted on 19th November 2018 by Amy Bulsara
Shipping high value, highly sensitive medical or control instruments is a delicate matter - the products are business critical and need to arrive in full working order. For this reason many products are packed in heavy unwieldy containers that can be expensive to purchase and cost a small ...
This entry was posted on 24th August 2018 by Amy Bulsara
Bespoke packaging can be a game changer for businesses to preserve products and reduce costs associated with damages. Whether you operate in the medical, aerospace or electronics industry, it is critical to have packaging solutions that protect items throughout the logistics chain. Often cost ...
This entry was posted on 2nd July 2018 by Amy Bulsara
Safe transportation of replacement parts is a primary focus for businesses in the aerospace industry. According to Lufthansa Technik, aircraft service checks and line maintenance must be performed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and there is no room for error. Replacement parts must be ...
This entry was posted on 12th June 2018 by Amy Bulsara
WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum) is the UK’s largest industrial forum focused on the country’s aerospace sector, it’s also one of the largest aerospace and defence associations in Europe. WEAF provides its members with prominent representation and new networking opportunities. It ...
This entry was posted on 30th April 2018 by Amy Bulsara
According to Smithers Pira, the global market for industrial packaging was estimated at £40,3 billion last year with 28% of market share gained in Western Europe. That’s a lot of packaging material being used around the globe! With the increased focus on the environment, corporate responsibility ...
This entry was posted on 23rd March 2018 by Amy Bulsara
We are currently experiencing unparalleled timber shortages in the UK markets, driven by a number of global events leading to demand outstripping supply.  Raw material prices have increased 35% since Q12016 (UK Poyry Timber Index) driving up the cost of both new and recycled timber pallets. It’s ...
This entry was posted on 30th October 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Have you ever wondered how much your packaging really costs you? The unit price is an obvious consideration but, in reality, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are some other significant costs hiding beneath the surface that can affect your profits, product security and brand reputation. ...
This entry was posted on 20th September 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Effective warehouse management is vital to ensure your products get to customers quickly and efficiently. If storage is a problem and you struggle with bulky packaging everywhere you look, it might be time to review your packaging operation. Optimised packaging will not only help you save on ...
This entry was posted on 2nd August 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Packaging plays a key role in protecting products from damage in transit and storage, which is particularly important when high value items are involved. The right packaging will not only help you minimise costs associated with damages and returns; it will also increase your productivity and ...
This entry was posted on 26th June 2017 by Owen Sylvester
Ensuring you have the right packaging for the products you are exporting is crucial to guarantee they do not get damaged in transit. International shipping can expose consignments to a range of conditions not normally experienced in domestic markets. These include extremes in high and lower ...
This entry was posted on 19th April 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Packaging materials are often exposed to different environmental conditions including humidity changes and condensation. Timber is one of the most commonly used resources in the packaging industry, but is also one of the most vulnerable to decay. This is because it is a good source of ...
This entry was posted on 9th March 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Effective protection of your products depends largely on the quality of the packaging materials that you use. Not only do they ensure your items arrive in a good condition, but they can also help to reduce your shipping costs. Here are a few things that you should consider when deciding on ...
This entry was posted on 16th February 2017 by Amy Bulsara
Packaging plays a crucial role in protecting your products against falls, impact and weight crushing, during transit and storage. It is especially important when fragile and expensive equipment is involved. Damaged items will not only cost your company time and money, but will also reflect ...
This entry was posted on 11th November 2016 by Owen Sylvester
Wood is a durable and renewable natural resource that is commonly used in international trade. Over 90 percent of pallets worldwide are made of timber and it is one of the most popular packaging materials in the UK. International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures(ISPM 15) is a global ...
This entry was posted on 26th August 2014 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Packaging, Design and Manufacture have a wealth of experience in dealing with packaging for defence. DID YOU KNOW? Macfarlane Packaging, Design and Manufacture became the first dedicated packaging company to be awarded the authority to design and sign off packaging specifications on ...
This entry was posted on 7th August 2014 by Amy Bulsara
For many years Macfarlane Packaging, Design and Manufacture have provided Tri-mite packaging solutions for a number of applications. Tri-mite utilises the benefits of heavy duty corrugated board to create a container with a high strength to weight ratio. A combination of the sheet material ...
This entry was posted on 26th July 2014 by Amy Bulsara
Goods which are classified as dangerous for transport, range from those which are highly dangerous (such as explosives and fuming acids) to everyday products such as paints, solvents and pesticides found in the home and at work. Dangerous goods, which can also be called “Hazardous ...
This entry was posted on 25th July 2014 by Owen Sylvester
Specialist long life containers can be designed specifically for purpose and manufactured in the composite material, GRP. This material (more commonly associated with boats) offers many benefits over conventional packaging materials and compliments the range that Macfarlane can ...
This entry was posted on 21st July 2014 by Owen Sylvester
Macfarlane Packaging, Design and Manufacture are a timber sheet board converter and offer many types of timber for your packaging including: Plywood, OSB, Particle Board, MDF and Hardboard. OSB (Oriented strand Board) OSB is manufactured from logs of timber cut to lengths and processed into ...
This entry was posted on 26th June 2014 by Amy Bulsara
Investment in new 3D software gives Macfarlane Packaging the edge in custom packaging design. Our expertise and market leadership in composite packaging has been reinforced by a significant investment at both our Grantham and Westbury production plants, where the latest 3D design software ...
This entry was posted on by Amy Bulsara
Macfarlane Packaging has invested in SolidWorks 3D CAD software, the same state-of-the-art design technology trusted by many of our customers in their own product development. This makes it easy for both sets of designers to work together, exchange information, present and assess design ...

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