RH Fibreboard – A brief history

Published - 29th Jun 2018

Established in Somerset in 1980, initially selling meat boxes and solid board products, the market was already moving toward corrugated at some pace. Investment in fluted carboard took place in these early years and this remains the backbone of the company today.  Below is a timeline of our key events and investments.

2018       Joined ‘Taste of the West’ as an affiliate member to help promote corrugated to its members as a sustainable option and also to advise the organisation on best practice.

2017       Achievement of FSC® certification for chain of custody, and the purchase of a bendi-truck allowed us to maximise warehouse space.

2016       An ink recycling processing unit was installed to help re-use water around the factory and improve waste efficiencies.

2015       A ‘Goods in’ 4500 sq ft warehouse was constructed.

2014       Palletisation software installation enabled us to let our customers know the best way to maximise efficiencies when packing pallets and working out case quantities.

2013       Lein tee casemaker was added to the capability to cope with high volume regular case work and an ink kitchen was built in the factory giving us the option to mix and produce our own inks.

2009       The sample table was updated to a KM526, larger and faster sampling capability, and a £100,000 investment in a bailer improved waste processes through the factory.

2008       Another 9,000 sq ft fully racked warehouse was built to cope with further demand for stock and serve delivery and a Supernova multipoint gluer was purchased for crash lock and four corner speciality gluing ranges.

2007       A £700,000 TCY two-colour printer and Vantage die cutter was purchased and installed to react to the moved towards the shelf ready / retail ready marketplace.

2006     £1m investment in Yer Yen corrugator producing B and E flute single wall board at a higher volume.  An 8,000 sq ft warehouse for finished goods was built on site to replace external storage.

2004       A sample table was installed, prior to this all samples were cut by hand.

2003       First fully automatic Maramatsu diecutter was installed.

1999       Industry specific software Abaca was installed to control all processes from enquiry to invoicing.

1996       Business moved into new premises on Chelston Business Park where it remains.  The three pocket corrugators were replaced with a larger one.

1984       Installation of the first ‘pocket corrugator’ (board making machine), two more followed over the next 10 years.

1980        Company established by Derek Ruffell-Hazell on Poole Trading Estate in Wellington.

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