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Charpak invests in a cutting edge new milling machine

CNC Milling MachineThe ultra-modern CNC machine enables even more complex tooling to be milled at high precision and at high speed, custom-made to all shapes and sizes as required by Charpak's clients.

Sam Curtin, Tooling Manager, is thrilled with the new machine.  With over 14 years in setting up CNC milling machines, Sam intuitively knows how long it takes to programme each of Charpak's 6 machines for clients' bespoke formings.

Sam advised "Programming milling machines can take 30 mins to 2-3 hours depending upon the complexity of the client brief; and with the larger tooling and wireless capabilities on this machine milling the tooling is quicker and more efficient than ever before."

The investment adds further gravitas to Charpak's market-leading turnaround times and agility - supporting the company's vision to remain one of the few UK thermoforming manufacturers who provide the complete solution from design concepts to full production; including all prototypes and tooling manufactured in-house.

Award-winning designers join the Charpak team

Award-winning product designer Max Cubitt has an impressive MSC in Integrated Product Design from the University of Brunel.  Max has also been recognised by Marks & Spencer, Birds Eye and BT winning 3 design awards for his product innovation.  Max brings 6 years' product design experience from the events and team building industry' and constantly challenges his creative and technical boundaries.  Max's nirvana design moments are when he creates a truly interactive experience between the consumer and product.  Max designs packaging solutions for commercial market sectors using his technical 2D and 3D design skills in KeyShot, Solidworks, and CREO while incorporating physical prototyping.

James Martin brings energy and enthusiasm to the Technical Design team as our Junior Designer.  Graduating from Loughborough University with a BA in Industrial Design James is happiest when designing extremely technical and aesthetically stunning designs, new concepts and blue-sky ideas.  James likes to challenge the boundaries of engineering capabilities whilst at the same time ensuring every design is manufacturable.  James is happiest when he sees his conceptual packaging designs on sale in national retail for recognisable international and UK brands. Outside work James is an active sportsman, an avid sketcher and a keen freelance graphic designer.

Charpak expands production capacity further

Illig RD53In support of Charpak's growth a new Illig RD53d arrives in September 2017.  This additional investment augments Charpak's ability to provide its client industry-leading turnaround times from initial concept designs, prototypes, tooling and to production - within 29 days.

Charpak's thermoforming capabilities to produce increasingly complex and innovative rigid plastic packaging are sector leading.  Technical Director, Gary Smith is delighted with this new investment saying "A key differentiator for Charpak is that we meet clients' requirements of premium quality and replicable formings for short cycle NPD trials, line production trials, and consumer testing.  This investment re-inforces our commitment where we provide the extra level of service to our clients."


ChaKeifel KMD78rpak invests in two state-of-the-art Kiefel machines

As part of Charpak's expansion plans the company has invested in 2 further Kiefel KMD78 4-station machines.  From early June 2017 the company now produces up to an additional 100,000 units per day.  Managing director, Paul Smith confirms "These 2 purchases are part of our strategic plans to grow the business and increase our capacity re-affirming our position as the most innovative and responsive UK producer of bespoke packaging."

He adds "We know our clients appreciate Charpak's flexibility and agility to respond quickly to their packaging challenges; so adding an additional 100,000 units per day means we continue to strengthen our industry-leading service delivery claim."

Charpak will receive delivery of a second Kiefel KMD78 machine in September 2017.  This will add up to an additional 200,000 units per day.


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11 Setters have now started the NVQ Level 2 Polymer Processing – Thermoforming course which will enhance there skills in the process of machine setting, this in turn will enable the company to become a lot more efficient.

We held an inaugural training session in Level 1 Food Safety Training for 16 selected staff that proved to be very successful, this will now be rolled out to the rest of the company during 2011.

Congratulations go out to our First Aiders who all completed the First Aid at Work Training course with flying colours.

We also ran a Forklift Truck Refresher Training course this year as well as having 5 employees take the Forklift Truck Novice Training course.

David Hill, our Sales Administrator has just completed a refresher course in ‘Customer Relations’ to ensure we continue to support our customers at the highest level possible. Our aim as a supplier is to make your life easier as a customer!