Benson Box in BPIF Short-List for Lean Manufacturing

In Packaging on August 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, is delighted to announce that its Benson Box operation has been short-listed for the 2012 BPIF Excellence Awards in the Lean Manufacturing category.

The company has been focusing on Lean Manufacturing for over two years at the Benson Box production site in Bardon, Leicestershire – the headquarters of the group. Lean Manufacturing is combined at Benson Box with Six Sigma to create Lean Sigma, a structured programme to provide operational improvements. The programme is managed at Bardon by David Midgley, Operations Manager at the plant.

In a detailed submission to the BPIF Excellence Awards the company was required to outline its Lean approach under a number of headings:

  • Objectives
  • Key performance indicators
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Communication
  • Workflow / process and equipment control
  • Production planning and cost control
  • Waste levels and reduction
  • Identifying board waste
  • Workplace organisation
  • and Material flow.

Commenting on the success of Benson Box in making the final four companies, David Midgley, Operations Manager at the Bardon site, said: “It is a great pleasure to be recognized for our interpretation of this approach to manufacturing. We see Lean Sigma as an essential collection of tools that help us to consistently improve on our the many and varied tasks undertaken here – tasks that result in our Bardon team producing 20,000,000 cartons every week.”

As an example of the “real-world” effects of the programme, in the first year of Lean Sigma Benson Box enjoyed double-digit growth in print production at the Bardon site.

A short-list of four companies for the Lean Manufacturing award consists of Affinion International Print Services, APS Group, Eclipse Colour Print and Benson Box. The winner will be announced on September 13th at The Tower – a Guoman hotel in St Katherine’s Dock, next to Tower Bridge.

The original criteria for the award, as laid down by the BPIF, read as follows: “The judges will be looking for evidence that the company and its customers have benefited through the reduction of waste and effort using lean techniques. Your submission should include examples of lean production projects implemented in your business that show the involvement of staff at all levels. Supported with key measures to show improvements and benefits gained in line with the lean project. There should also be evidence of a culture of continuous improvement.”

Click here for further details of the BPIF Excellence Awards 2012 .

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and pharmaceutical industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and pharmaceutical packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.


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