A Lincolnshire packaging machinery manufacturer’s strong begin to 2021 has continued this month, with the company sending a record quantity of machines out of the door.
In a typical month, GIC would see four of their vertical form fill and seal machines leave its Gainsborough factory. In June, the company delivered ten machines. All of the machines were supplied to UK food manufacturers.
2021 has been a year “unlike any other” to date for GIC, with orders in the first quarter being more than double year on year. May continued the upward trend for the company, with GIC receiving orders worth more than £3m, another record amount.
A new apprentice has been recruited this month, and additional appointments could follow if business is constantly on the increase.
“This year has been unlike every other,” says GIC Managing Director, Andy Beal. “The pandemic has witnessed a dramatic increase for UK-produced food, which has seen our customers packing more and more produce. As a result our customers have asked us to deliver machines as soon as possible. We’ve also seen new orders are available in as food manufacturers improve their production capabilities.”
Last month, GIC increased its production area by 90 square metres by investing more than £30,000 in a new mezzanine floor, which is where the company’s electrical team are now based.
GIC was established in 1984, with its current directors – Andy Beal and Luke Murphy – assuming control of the business in 2006 via a management buy out.
“Despite the awful situation with the pandemic, we have seen enquiries and orders reach record levels,” says Andy. “We have won several prestigious, high-value contracts from both new and repeat customers.
“I think we are seeing the rewards from the lot of hard work from our salesforce and also increased investment in marketing to obtain our name out there a bit more. I think we are also benefitting in the fact that our machines are exceptionally well-built and we back that track of the best customer service and ongoing support that we can provide. Hopefully, the rest of 2021 continues in the same vein.”