Jointine Products (Lincoln) Ltd

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Jointine Products (Lincoln) 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 Jointine Products (Lincoln) 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

www.jointine.co.uk

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Managing Director Jane Smith
FLEXOID gasket paper is internationally recognised
as the leading product on the market
Lincolnshire-based Jointine Products manufactures and
distributes a variety of quality paper gasket materials in
rolls. According to Managing Director Jane Smith, Jointine
is the only firm of its kind in the UK – and one of just a handful
across the entire planet. Jointine’s highly-specialised products,
however, are used across a variety of sectors, including the
automotive, railway, manufacturing and oil and gas industries.
Jane tells
TheParliamentary Review
that Jointine is an export-
driven firm, and elaborates on the difficulty of sending
productsoverseas.
We are a UK-based manufacturer creating highly specialised products. We
manufacture gasket paper materials, which we supply to various business areas.
We are global in our approach and are very much export driven, as more than 95
per cent of our output is destined for overseas markets.
Our manufacturing process
Our gasket products are made from raw materials which are mostly organic
in nature. We are classed as a paper converter as we transform kraft paper by
saturating it in a glue glycerine mix before drying it in a special manner. The
finished paper resembles leather, taking on a spongy texture which will compress,
then recover, and is resistant to fluids.
FACTS ABOUT
JOINTINE PRODUCTS
(LINCOLN) LTD
»Managing Director: Jane Smith
»Established in 1928
»Based in North Hykeham,
Lincolnshire
»Services: Manufacture of
gasket paper materials
»No. of employees: 15
Jointine Products
(Lincoln) Ltd
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Managing Director Jane Smith
FLEXOID gasket paper is internationally recognised
as the leading product on the market
Lincolnshire-based Jointine Products manufactures and
distributes a variety of quality paper gasket materials in
rolls. According to Managing Director Jane Smith, Jointine
is the only firm of its kind in the UK – and one of just a handful
across the entire planet. Jointine’s highly-specialised products,
however, are used across a variety of sectors, including the
automotive, railway, manufacturing and oil and gas industries.
Jane tells
TheParliamentary Review
that Jointine is an export-
driven firm, and elaborates on the difficulty of sending
productsoverseas.
We are a UK-based manufacturer creating highly specialised products. We
manufacture gasket paper materials, which we supply to various business areas.
We are global in our approach and are very much export driven, as more than 95
per cent of our output is destined for overseas markets.
Our manufacturing process
Our gasket products are made from raw materials which are mostly organic
in nature. We are classed as a paper converter as we transform kraft paper by
saturating it in a glue glycerine mix before drying it in a special manner. The
finished paper resembles leather, taking on a spongy texture which will compress,
then recover, and is resistant to fluids.
FACTS ABOUT
JOINTINE PRODUCTS
(LINCOLN) LTD
»Managing Director: Jane Smith
»Established in 1928
»Based in North Hykeham,
Lincolnshire
»Services: Manufacture of
gasket paper materials
»No. of employees: 15
Jointine Products
(Lincoln) Ltd
43JOINTINE PRODUCTS (LINCOLN) LTD |
INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION
At the end of their life, our paper gaskets
are biodegradable when removed so
our products have an advantage over
silicone and rubberised materials. Our
paper provides an ideal solution for
low-temperature applications, making
an excellent seal between parts which,
when bolted together, would otherwise
see liquids seep through.
As well as the manufacturing process,
we are involved in packing and
exporting, including raising our own
export documentation. We aim to
manage as much of the logistics
ourselves but stop short at having our
own fleet because our geographical
supply range is too diverse. Instead,
we partner with quality carriers who
we know will deliver on time, damage
free, and who will supply the right
proof of export.
A global reach
We are a very small, family-run business
with just 15 staff and we aim to delight
our customers with a quality product
and service. In spite of our size, we
send our material to more than 50
countries and ship more than 1,100
tonnes per year. There is competition
from manufacturers overseas, so
excellence is our driving factor and is
something that we instil in our staff
and suppliers. I am a graduate member
of the Institute of Export, having
achieved the highest overall grade
in the degree programme, while our
owner, Terry Coffey, is a chartered
chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society
of Chemistry. We strive to provide an
outstanding product and service that
will encourage the customer to come
back to us again and again. With
99.97 per cent of our turnover coming
from repeat orders, we consider quality
of product, processes and people to
beparamount.
We were first established in 1928 and
this means we operate in a very mature
market. Paper gasketing material
provides a very low-cost solution
compared to more complex products,
and this has contributed enormously
to our longevity. We continue to
explore new opportunities outside of
the automotive industry, including
promoting our products as a base for
water jet cutting, and for blanking off
areas during spray painting. We are also
mindful of our environmental impact
and we continue to look for ways to
save energy in the production process,
further our use of disposable packaging
materials, reduce waste, and undertake
production line modernisation. We are
always exploring new opportunities
forgrowth.
Jointine Products were
highly commended
for manufacturing
excellence in the recent
2019 Midlands Family
Business Awards
Work in progress in the
factory
We send our
material to more
than 50
countries and
ship more than
1,100 tonnes
per year
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The difficulties of
international trade
International trade presents occasional
challenges such as language
differences, time zones, more
documentation and regulation, but it
brings about enormous opportunities
including economies of scale, especially
as a decline in one market is generally
offset by growth in another. Our UK
client base is small and had followed
the trend of outsourcing to cheaper
labour markets. Our business would
not exist without a successful export
strategy and, of course, you cannot
talk about exporting without talking
about Brexit.
Brexit presents an enormous challenge
to small businesses like ours, who must
dedicate the same amount of attention
and resources to keeping on top of the
changes as any large corporation does.
The process is hugely time consuming
and we are inundated with Export
Guidance, which is often out of date
before we have even had chance to
digest the meaning of it.
We have been successfully
manufacturing and exporting for
almost a century, and in doing so, we
have supported the local economy
and provided jobs and income for
three generations of families. We
would implore institutions such as
the Chamber of Commerce and the
Queen’s Awards to recognise the
contribution that businesses like ours
make to the economy. Sustained
growth in export is valuable of course,
but it would be great to recognise
longevity and stability as well.
We believe our future lies in leaner
manufacturing. We will continue
to explore new markets and look
for new opportunities and uses for
our products, but we must also
turn towards increased automation
and make use of new technologies,
such as the internet of things, which
will transform stock management,
production and the traceability of our
product all the way through to its
finaldestination.
Excellence is
our driving
factor, and
something
that we instil
in our staff
and suppliers
Managing Director Jane
Smith discusses Brexit
with Dr Liam Fox

www.jointine.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Jointine Products (Lincoln) 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 Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development