Cpack Ltd.

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Cpack Ltd.'s best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Cpack Ltd. is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Charles Reilly, managing director
Cpack factory and
offices in Burnley
Cpack Ltd are a manufacturer of premium packaging
systems. From their premises in Burnley, Lancashire,
they have been manufacturing machines systems for
discerning clients for over 30 years. Working with Industry 4.0
compatibility and computer-controlled servo systems, they make
machine systems for packing in most industries, including those
related to food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, gift wrapping,
aerospace, automotive and engineering. In the food sector
alone they have machines for packing a multitude of products,
such as dairy, sandwiches, pies, cakes and Christmas puddings.
They do not shy away from potential markets, willing to invent,
and adapt to the needs of clients. Charles Reilly, their managing
director, elaborates.
Employment and subcontractors
Here at Cpack we believe – to the extent that it’s possible – in employment for
local people and subcontractors. Burnley has a proud manufacturing heritage –
something to which we are also proud to contribute. Recruiting from our town
and surrounding area, we offer a chance for people to grow and learn, rather than
simply outsourcing our manufacturing to low-cost foreign markets.
All of this stems from our value system. Alongside quintessential British values
of respect, tolerance and equal opportunity to all, we believe in education and
offering jobs and work experience to people at all stages in their life – whether they
»Managing director:
»Established in 1987
»Based in Burnley, Lancashire
»Services: Manufacture of
customised packaging systems
»No. of employees: 14
»Most Christmas puddings are
wrapped on Cpack machinery
Cpack Ltd
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have years of experience behind them
or are just starting out in the world
of work. We offer that opportunity to
those who want to work but, through
no fault of their own, have struggled
to take the necessary steps to get
on the employment ladder. We offer
apprenticeships in both engineering
and admin to those who wish to
earn while they learn, paying above
minimum apprentice wage to those we
take on.
British manufacturing
As a British manufacturer, Cpack brand
machines are designed and built in our
factory in the North West, and from
our home town we export industry-
leading machines globally. Our
products can be found from Vancouver
to Vladivostok and as far south as New
Zealand. We span the globe with our
machines systems.
With the approaching change Brexit
promises to bring, we have turned our
attention to the home market. We are
proud to offer an alternative to the
imported machines our competition
relies on. We can customise our
machines based on the requirements
of clients, working closely with our
clients to ensure we meet their order
expectations. Our machines are
used by many household names and
brands – from value supermarkets
to premium, high-end London
department stores and multinational
Unique quality and worldwide
We cater to all business sizes, with a
variety of machines for all budgets.
From entry level “Pizza Capper”,
designed to wrap cook-at-home pizzas
in a film for small shops and delis,
to our “Rotor-Pack 5000” which is
capable of wrapping milk at up to 40
collations per minute. We also have
a wide variety of eco-friendly shrink
wrappers, skin packaging and over
wrappers to offer.
Our USP machines include the
“Giftwrap 3000 Super” and the “WRAP
KING 4000”. Both are protected by UK
and worldwide patents, ensuring our
intellectual property (IP) is protected.
The WRAP KING 4000 is capable
of wrapping over 100 products per
minute. Its unique design offers control
fold, coding and labelling – all within
the one machine. It has advanced
control fold technology, allowing for
perfect pleat wrap on products such
as pies, cakes, puddings or cheese.
All with human–machine interface
(HMI) touchscreen changeable product
places and smart auto-conveyor infeed.
The WRAP KING 4000’s ergonomic
design and food grade construction
provides optimum hygiene with easy-
clean areas. An inbuilt diagnostic
system ensures operational efficiency
with minimal maintenance. Internal
visibility is enhanced with easy-eye
blue lighting and obstructions can be
quickly identified and removed with
the inbuilt auto-rejection system.
We export
globally. Our
products can
be found from
Vancouver to
The Giftwrap 3000 Super can wrap up
to 50 products a minute and is the only
machine in the world that can wrap
ballotin boxes as used by premium
chocolate producers. Our Giftwrap 3000
wraps in a traditional method and is
designed to work with environmentally
friendly biodegradable materials that
are mostly available across the globe.
The machine produces a hand-wrapped
appearance that is ideal for gift boxes.
Products wrapped by our machine
are in shops worldwide. It is most
commonly used with chocolates, cakes
and cosmetics. The computer-controlled
design allows our gift wrapping
machine to wrap a diverse selection of
box sizes, with quick change over time.
With an ever-growing product portfolio,
our system can wrap countless boxed
products using plain, patterned or
bar-coded wrapping material. Label
application is also an option.
Our premium systems are Industry
4.0 compatible, with cloud-based
diagnostics and free upgrades for
life. The inbuilt processors can be
linked to clients’ servers, computer or
mobile phone for real-time production
diagnostic details, available anywhere
worldwide 24/7. Clients have access to
our cloud, offering them world-class
performance and flexibility.
With low-cost labour in other countries,
our UK manufacturing and local jobs
come under assault from cheap imports
where our world-leading innovation and
quality can be overlooked in favour of
lower-quality products. We are vigilant
in these pre-Brexit times to ensure
we remain competitive and relevant
moving forward. As an SME, we
nevertheless compete successfully in an
industry of multinational giants.
Within the business world there is
no avoiding the question of Brexit.
While we are confident in our ability
to rise to the challenge of our home
market, access to Europe and other
international markets is essential.
Exports account for up to 50 per cent
of our machine system sales.
Looking forward
Our machines can use a variety of
wrapping materials. With plastic
packaging very much in the media
headlines, our portfolio of wrapping
material possibilities includes
cellophane, parchment paper and other
biodegradable materials for clients
that are striving towards a greener
and more sustainable future. Cpack
machine systems meet the challenge.
Some clients rely on plastics for various
reasons. We manufacture machine
systems that can utilise most wrapping
materials. We are confident our existing
machine systems range remains
relevant to clients worldwide. With our
continued research and development,
we strive to ensure Cpack systems
remain modern, technically advanced
and competitive to our global clients.
Despite operating in a very competitive
market, we are confident (but not
complacent) for thefuture.
Our premium
systems are
Industry 4.0
compatible, with
diagnostics and
free upgrades.
The inbuilt
processors can be
linked to clients’
servers, computer
or mobile phone
for real-time
details, available
worldwide 24/7
Giftwrap 3000 Super

This article was sponsored by Cpack Ltd.. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy