Benson Box Short-listed for Top Manufacturing Award

In Packaging on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, is delighted to announce that its Benson Box, Bardon, Leciestershire, operation has been has been nominated by Cranfield School of Management for the 2012 Best Factory Awards, which celebrate manufacturing excellence in the UK.

The nomination focuses on Benson Box’s implementation of Lean Sigma, a structured programme incorporating both Lean Manufacturing techniques and Six Sigma, in order to provide a range of operational improvements. The programme is managed at Bardon by David Midgley, Operations Manager at the plant.

The Best Factory Awards, now in their 21st year, are run by Cranfield School of Management with the magazine Works Management and sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, IOSH, Schaeffler, Zurich, EAL and Epicor.  The eventual award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London on September 28th, 2012.

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, Director of the Best Factory Awards commented: “All of the finalists are beacons of excellence, driven by the desire to improve and excel and are growing despite the flat British economy. Our awards aim to recognise their achievements and highlight systems and processes that others can learn from.  The best factories in Britain are focused on delivering value to their customers, ensuring their employees are engaged and well trained, while also continually investing in their production facilities.”

Commenting on the success of Benson Box in making the awards short-list, David Midgley, Operations Manager at the Bardon site, said: “It is a huge honour for Benson Box to be recognised by such a world-leading organization as Cranfield School of Management. A team from the college visited our Bardon site to gain a deeper understanding of our interpretation of Lean Sigma, and to see the business in action.

“We see Lean Sigma as an essential collection of tools that help us to consistently improve on the many and varied production tasks undertaken here – tasks that result in our Bardon team producing 20,000,000 cartons every week. I am personally delighted that Cranfield were sufficiently impressed to short-list us for an award.”

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.

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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