Record turnover for Leeds manufacturer

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William and Ben Roberts of Roberts Mart.

Leeds-based Roberts Mart and Co Ltd, the independent manufacturer and supplier of flexible packaging, has announced a record turnover in the wake of a stellar 2018.

Turnover rose by £4 million to £38 million, the highest in the family-run company’s 167-year history.

Roberts Mart, which has a staff of 200, is now based in purpose-built headquarters at Aire Valley House, Thornes Farm Way in east Leeds after moving from its iconic premises at Bank Mills in 2004.

In the wake of such a successful year, the company is investing in two state-of-the-art machines, a high-speed slitter and a laminator. The new £400,000 slitter has multiple automating solutions which will increase firepower and flexibility in the production process, while the Super Combi 4000 laminator and coater cost £500,000.

Roberts Mart’s Managing Director, William Roberts, said: “It has been a very busy year for the company. This significant investment in new equipment is possible because we have a healthy order book – with a good number of new customers coming through the pipeline as well. We are seeing growth across the board, particularly food, where we are seeing much more opportunity in snacks and confectionery.

“Normally you would spread capital expenditure out over a period of time but the amount of new business we are winning dictates that this time it has been made all at once. It has been an excellent last 12 months – and in the light of our new investment in the slitter and the laminator, which will make our production process swifter, sharper and more efficient, the future looks very bright indeed.

“We are indebted to our hard-working staff, whose loyalty and teamwork is exemplary. They are the bedrock of our success,” he added.