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Orions recipe for success for major kitchen supplier

Herefordshire-based Orion Packaging Systems (UK) Ltd has clinched a major six-figure deal to supply automatic packaging and materials handling equipment for a new production line for Lancashire based Bernstein Group Holdings (BGH), a leading manufacturer and supplier of kitchens to the trade.

The deal will see Orion design and manufacture two orbital stretchwrappers, a turntable pallet wrapper, belt conveyors, a palletiser and integrated scissor tables for BGH’s expanded production facility at Westhoughton near Bolton.

The expansion follows a major growth in demand for BGH’s product range, particularly in rigid cabinets, which created a need to move to automated production and wrapping.

Garry Lundgren, Operations Director at BGH, explained: “We initially designed the system specification and requirements which were put out to tender. However, Orion were the only company prepared to work with us to develop a flexible, bespoke solution rather than trying to supply off the shelf equipment.

“The system needed to cope with moving and wrapping a variety of sizes and shapes of product and then getting them to the warehouse without having forklift trucks in the main production area. Orion has developed a system which will do just that, quickly and effectively.”

The installation will take place during October. It is one of Orion’s first major installations involving both wrapping and materials handling equipment following the addition of materials handling products to its portfolio this summer.

Walter Williams, Managing Director of Orion Packaging Systems (UK) Ltd, added: “This is a highly prestigious project for us and one which reflects the versatility of our product offering following our decision to branch into materials handling. This has enabled us to become a single access point for all equipment for product movement and packaging prior to despatch, and we are working on a number or projects combining both of these areas of expertise.”

Established in 1987, Orion is today one of only a handful of UK-owned manufacturers of end of line stretchwrapping equipment for palletised and unpalletised goods. Orion offers a full range of automatic and semi-automatic systems, available either as stand-alone units or fully integrated into the production line. It has also diversified into materials handling, giving customers access to the complete offering for product movement and packaging prior to despatch.

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