Since the start of the pandemic, industry across every sector, both in Ireland and around the globe, has faced challenges and been forced to implement change. But the world has slowly begun to open up and momentum in the business world is gathering pace.
This is of course, good news, but there is another very important issue which still needs to be addressed – and that is of course, the need to practice sustainability and protect the planet.
Foxpak Flexibles Ltd, the pioneers of digital flexibles, sustainable and recyclable packaging, is very aware of the need to protect the environment for future generations and sustainability has been at the heart of its operation since it was established in 2001.
“We are always looking at producing more sustainable packaging options for our clients and the environment every day,” says managing director, Paul Young. “Just this year we launched digitally printed recyclable packaging using CO2 Neutral HP Digital printing presses – and we are very conscious of continuing to create eco-friendly packaging solutions for our clients to best serve both their needs and those of the environment.
“Innovation is at the heart of our company culture – and we pioneered the development of digital flexibles in 2008 by becoming the first company in the world to print flexible packaging using HP digital printing presses.
“Since then, we have been on a journey to create a greener future through the development of sustainable packaging and best business practices. Our sustainability journey commenced in 2015 when we co-developed a compostable coffee pack for Café Direct in the UK and in 2017, we partnered with industry leaders, TIPA and Futamura, to further develop our sustainable packaging capabilities.”
Following on from this, in 2019, the company globally launched compostable packaging, while in 2020 it also launched recyclable
and plastic-free packaging and introduced hyper-customised packaging using digital print. And as Paul mentioned, just this year it launched digitally printed recyclable packaging using CO2 Neutral HP Digital printing presses.
“What really makes our company unique and stand out from our competitors is that we can take care of a product’s total packaging life cycle from initial prototypes, provide a quick route to market for product launches, and assist clients by reducing packaging waste at the end of the product life cycle,” says Young.
The Louth based packaging solutions company is not only conscious of the environment but also makes sure its product offer continues to change with the times and the needs of its clients.
“Our clients are based in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and in various countries around Europe,” says Samantha Murphy, marketing manager. “And although the company manufactures digitally printed packaging in-house, we also operate a network of trusted supply partners across Europe and Asia which allow us to offer clients more options in terms of scaled volumes, pricing and lead times.
“We are all about innovation and using the latest technologies and developments to offer our clients the most cutting-edge packaging solutions for their businesses. We have been the first in our sector to develop some major packaging solutions over the past 20 years which include compostable, recyclable, and plastic free packaging solutions. And as we continue to adapt and grow our range this allows us to offer our clients more diverse, eco-friendly, and greener packaging solutions which has been one of the major reasons for our continued success over the past 20 years.
“We also work very closely with clients to achieve their packaging objectives, from increasing their product shelf life to reducing their overall plastic usage. Our innovative print processes allow us to create high quality packaging from one to 1 million+ pouches, allowing us to cater to both small and large volume requirements for our diverse client base.”
Like all manufacturing businesses, Foxpak was affected by the Covid 19 pandemic and although manufacturing continued throughout the crisis, the turnaround was hindered by global transport delays.
However, the 35-strong team is back on track working full steam ahead with plenty of innovative plans for the future. Paul Young says that over the past two decades, Enterprise Ireland has helped to match Foxpak with international companies that are in the market for their solutions.
He says, “Working with partners such as Enterprise Ireland, we have developed a strong brand presence in countries such as Spain, the Netherlands and Czech Republic. Our mission for the coming years is to continue to provide our clients across international markets with competitively priced packaging of superior quality, and continuing to focus on innovation and development in the areas of sustainability and waste reduction. We are very much looking forward to the future and continuing to do what we do best.”