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Sandland Packaging News and Case Studies

Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news from Sandland Packaging.
CASE STUDY: Sandland opens new market in Ireland with O'Briens wines
The Challenge: O’Briens Wines in Ireland needed boxes for their wines – fast! They spoke to Sandland Packaging to help.  

The Solution: Using stock sheets we were able to design, produce and deliver the right boxes just when they were needed. Stock sheets enable customers to access packaging quickly when faced with issues like unexpected demand.

The Result: O’Briens Wines were very happy with the speed of turnaround and quality of the boxes delivered.

“We needed boxes quickly that would ensure safe delivery of our wines to customers. Sandland Packaging were fast, friendly and helpful and our wine deliveries arrived safely.”

What our customers say
“When we redesigned our machine, we needed to change the packaging to suit. Sandland Packaging immediately improved on the previous design, reducing packing time and making the whole operation quicker and simpler – saving us time, money and hassle. They are easy to work with and are experts in their craft – the people to go to for your packaging needs.”

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NEWS: Sandland Packaging expands into second site to cope with increased demand
Sandland Packaging has signed the lease on a second site to cope with increased demand. The 30,000 square feet site is designed to improve efficiencies and workflow through the plant. Principally it will house Sandland’s growing stock and serve facility.

“As orders continue to grow across multiple lines so we need to evolve our manufacturing footprint. Our new stock and serve facility is 300% larger than the existing one and gives us the space and efficiency we need to deliver for our customers,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

This in line with company growth forecasts and in keeping with plans for investment and recruitment plans for early 2021. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
CASE STUDY: Reducing cost through better stock management for furniture manufacturer
The Challenge: A leading furniture manufacturer had multiple product lines and used many different kinds of packaging to ensure safe delivery. However this meant their process was relatively complex and expensive. The company had to order minimum volumes for each packaging requirement and store it efficiently. This took up space, cost and resource.

The Solution: We analysed the customer’s requirements and re-designed the packaging to simplify what was needed. With fewer packaging types, the whole process was simpler and easier to manage. Cost was reduced along with storage space needed.

The Result: The company is delighted. Not only is has the process been simplified making it quicker to operate, they have also saved money and warehousing capacity.
CASE STUDY: Successfully replacing plastic packaging for lead consumer goods manufacturer
The Challenge: One manufacturer, who provides consumer product machines for a leading food and drink company, had been asked to remove all non-recyclable elements within the product including the packaging. This wasn’t a problem for the product, however the packaging had high levels of polystyrene and plastic bagging. Our client needed an alternative that was recyclable and would keep their products safe during transportation.  They came to Sandland.

The Solution: To ensure complete protection we replicated the polystyrene with cushion pack style die-cut fitments made from corrugated cardboard. These allowed the product to be drop tested with similar protective levels to the polystyrene but this time with a cushion effect - allowing the packaging to crumple to a safe level protecting the product.

The Result: Once all the designs were finalised we achieved what we set out to do. The entire outer and inner protective packaging was now 100% recyclable and produced from recycled material.
CASE STUDY: Providing cost-effective, bespoke archive boxes
The Challenge: An examination papers distribution company needed a secure, easy to handle method of packaging, storing and transporting their question papers. The boxes needed to be able to be clearly marked and robust enough to be handled multiple times. They approached Sandland Packaging for help.

The Solution: We provided our standard Archive Boxes. For the security requirement, single-use tags looped through holes made it easy to ensure that no one could access the contents. The boxes are strong enough to handle multiple uses and make it easy for transportation and storage.

The Result: The examination company is very pleased with the quality of the boxes and the service received from Sandland Packaging.
CASE STUDY: Fewer breakages with this eco-friendly drinks carrier
The Challenge: Many customers are now requesting a cardboard alternative to their current plastic packaging. One customer approached us to see if we could design an eco-friendly drinks holder. This was to replace a poly woven style carrier they were currently using.

The Solution: To ensure the safe carriage of these drinks bottles, we replaced the plastic with recycled cardboard. This provides a better hold which cannot lose its cushioning like airpacks and air bubbles. Cardboard used in this way is also more cost-effective. The customer asked us in the final stage if we could print on the case so we incorporated a two colour design to help brand and market the final carry case.

The Result
Here we provided a successful re-design giving the customer a cheaper and more robust product ensuring fewer breakages – a real win for this customer.
CASE STUDY: Fast turnaround for NHS face visor packaging
The Challenge
A regular customer had an urgent requirement for pallet boxes. These were needed as quickly as possible to meet an immediate need. They were for 1.2 million face visors they had manufactured for NHS staff needing the protection from Covid-19.

The Solution
We specialise in fast turnaround, bespoke packaging requirements and that discipline showed in our response to this request. We checked the specification, provided the samples needed and manufactured the pallet boxes.

The Result
Knowing how important these were during this difficult time, we were able to deal with this enquiry and manufacture the full order of a thousand boxes ready for delivery all within 4 working days. 
NEWS: Sandland Packaging achieves FSCĀ® certification
Sandland Packaging has improved its environmental credentials by achieving Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification. This reassures customers that their packaging materials follow a chain of custody back to a responsibly managed source.

“It was an obvious move for Sandland Packaging. We have supplied FSC materials for years so the certification was a simple matter. Our customers are increasingly asking for environmentally friendly options and providing evidence that we source sustainable materials was an obvious step,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

Achieving FSC certification is part of a wider strategy to showcase the company’s environmental credentials which include helping customers to phase out single-use plastic where appropriate. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
CASE STUDY: Creating striking packaging for a food and drink manufacturer
The Challenge
One of our clients is a forward thinking, contemporary brewery producing hand crafted beers sold online and in bars. To stand out, they have a striking brand presence and wanted this to transition through all of its packaging especially when delivering beer. They asked Sandland Packaging to help.    

The Solution
The customer’s branding involves heavy ink coverage with two strong colours creating a bold effect. We used high level flexo printing to reproduce the striking design and covered the whole of a white box in red and black, leaving only the white lettering to indicate the packaging was fragile. This involved tight registration and careful manufacturing to replicate the desired effect.  

The Result
Our client loved it! They knew their customers would recognise exactly what was being delivered as soon as they saw the box. It was a simple way to excite their customers about the delivery and reinforce their contemporary, innovative brand.
CASE STUDY: Stock and serve delivering efficiency for car part manufacturer
The Challenge: One of our customers had multiple packaging requirements for all of the different car parts they manufactured. This gave them a stock management headache. They had to stay on top of stock control and store all of the different types of packaging. They also had to order minimum volumes.  

The Solution: We know that making sure the right packaging is in the right place at the right time is essential to an efficient workflow of items manufactured, packaged and delivered. By providing our stock and serve service, this manufacturer passed the problems to us. With an order placed at 9am, the required packaging is delivered by 3pm. Every single day.

The Result
The customer was thrilled and gave us regular orders we are still fulfilling. They are saving time in production and their products are safer and arriving at the end destination easier to unpack and use.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging shows quality with successful ISO 9001 audit
Sandland Packaging has successfully passed its most recent audit for the quality standard ISO 9001 which it has held since 2016. This shows their commitment to the highest quality standards particularly important when supplying such a huge range of bespoke corrugated packaging products.

“We know our customers depend on us to provide exceptional quality corrugated packaging every time. At Sandland Packaging, we specialise in providing a bespoke service – any box any size – which means we have to make sure we provide exceptional quality whatever shape, size or box requirement our customers have. Passing our latest ISO 9001 audit shows our customers we take quality seriously,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

A commitment to quality is part of a wider improvement strategy including achieving FSC status and helping customers design cost-effective and efficient packaging to meet their needs. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging plants trees with One Tree Planted
Sandland Packaging has continued its campaign to improve the environment by planting one tree for every five orders manufactured. This is through One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global re-forestation. As an environmental charity, their mission is to make it simple for individuals and businesses to help the environment by planting trees.  

“We know the environment is a major concern not just for our customers, but for everyone. We want to make an impact and by planting trees we know we’re directly helping the environment,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

Environmental initiatives like this are part of a wider environmental strategy including achieving FSC status and helping customers phase out single use plastic where appropriate.

Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: GDPR Updates
Sandland updates its privacy policy to ensure we are working to the very latest GDPR guidance. For more information go to
09 Mar 2016
NEWS: ISO 9001 awarded to Sandland Packaging Limited
Sandland Packaging has recently been awarded the internationally recognised ISO9001 Certification. “We are delighted with the certification,” explains Martin Hickman, Managing Director. “It demonstrates that we have a high quality management system in place, ensuring consistency and improvement. It is also testament to the high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. We are now committed to continuous improvement and will be assessed annually to ensure ongoing progress. It is a great credit to the entire team here and something we will strive to maintain.”
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02 Apr 2015
NEWS: New Machinery
With the sucessfull purchase of our new TCY Casemaker we are able to produce a further seven thousand boxes per hour. This enables us to increase the volume of our production further. 

As well as the new casemaker here on site we have a new semi-auto die cutter. This again allows us to further increase our production quantities.
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09 Oct 2014
NEWS: New All Weather Area at Sandland Packaging
With our newly built all weather loading bay we are able to load and unload all vehicles more efficently.

With a wider access for vehicles to park we are now able to hold several vehicles at one time while the dispatch process takes place.