Smurfit Kappa’s Northampton operation is part of one of the world’s leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions and was proud to host a visit from local MP, Michael Ellis, on Friday 11th March.
The Northampton site employs 175 people on its long established site in Moulton and have a loyal and long-serving workforce, where some employees have achieved 40 years of dedicated service.
David Upton, General Manager of Northampton, welcomed Mr Ellis to help celebrate the site’s excellent health and safety record, which currently stands at just over two years without a lost time accident.
Michael Ellis poses with Northampton senior management team beside the safety record, which is proudly displayed at the entrance to the building and is updated daily.
The Northampton site produces sustainable, paper-based packaging for some of the biggest FMCG companies in the UK. After being kitted out with safety equipment and a hair net, Michael enjoyed a tour around the manufacturing facility, chatting with employees along the way to learn about the production process.
David Upton said, “Having Michael visit our site was an absolute pleasure, he was very interested in our product and the site’s heritage. Michael grew up nearby and recalled when the site was first established as a corrugator manufacturing plant, which was a far departure from its original purpose - manufacturing aircrafts during World War II.”
A topic of discussion following the tour focussed on Smurfit Kappa Northampton’s positive presence in the local community and the initiatives that they have been part of, such as, educational partnerships with local schools, and working alongside other local businesses to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities in the area. Smurfit Kappa understands the importance of investing in young people, and have Graduate and Apprentice programmes in place to help them acquire the skills and qualities they need to excel in their chosen careers.
As one of the leading packaging companies in the world, Smurfit Kappa pride themselves in also being industry leaders in Health & Safety practices. Two years without a lost time accident highlights the company’s commitment to ensuring that all employees have a safe working environment and is an excellent achievement for the Northampton site.