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By Jake Kirk • Friday 02nd November 2012

Visit us at the Internet Retailing Expo

Kite will be showcasing their 'fresh approach to packaging' on stand B52 at this year's Internet Retailing Expo. The event takes place on 20th and 21st March at the NEC in Birmingham.

The packaging supplier plans to highlight how important the 'last metre' is in online retailing, and how good packaging can make or break a product campaign. Experts from the company's 6 branches around the country will be available to offer free packaging advice to online businesses who want to optimise their packing operation

2012 Mars Gold Standard Award

For the second year running, Kite is delighted to have received the Mars Drinks Gold Standard Award for Quality Performance in 2012.

The packaging supplier was recognised as having provided a high level of customer service and exceeded targets on both full delivery performance and product quality.

"The Gold Standard provides recognition of the fact you as a supplier have helped us to build quality excellence into our brands through capable supply" (Mars Drinks).

Kite Packaging looks forward to continuing our partnership with Mars in 2013.

A Fresh Look at Packaging

We will be exhibiting at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition later this month, and our experts are offering free packaging advice to companies who visit our stand.

Instead of sticking with a solution that is no longer fit-for-purpose, now is an ideal time to take a fresh look at your packaging requirements and benefit from maximising savings in the new financial year.

Last year Kite delivered over £1 million of savings to its customers - to find out if we can help you, visit us on Stand D33 on February 27th & 28th, at the NEC Birmingham.

Kite Expands into the South West

Kite Packaging one of the UK's leading Packaging Suppliers has just opened a new operation in Plymouth headed up by the experienced team of David Grice and Vicky Morris. The new branch which opened on 2nd October is focusing on customers in Devon and Cornwall with a view to raising the level of service given to customers in the region.

May we present our case? - please call David or Vicky on 01752 335799 for any enquiries.

Addition to KOBRA Alliance

Kite Packaging further expands its European network, KOBRA, with the addition of A-forpackning.

Privately owned and already the largest packaging distributor in Sweden, joining forces with the largest distributors in Denmark, Germany and Holland; MC Emballage, Knuppel and Paardekooper respectively, along with Kite Packaging in the UK, is a win-win for all.

With a combined turnover approaching €250 million and employing over 600 people, including a dedicated purchasing team based in the Far East, the marketing and purchasing synergies are benefiting customers and suppliers alike.

Kite's Record Results in 2011

Kite's partnership approach with its customers, suppliers and employees has helped Kite post another year of record results in spite of the tough economic conditions.

Kite grew sales by 20% to £29.1 million in 2011 while tight expense control helped to mitigate the pressure on margins due to on-going manufacturer price increases.

In addition the Kite Group's shareholders' funds now exceed £8.9 million, making Kite an attractive and financially secure partner for both customers and suppliers.

Record Sixth Eaton Award

Kite is delighted to have received the latest Premier Supplier Award from Eaton, making us their only supplier to have received this award 6 years in a row.

This award recognises the quality, innovation and management solutions that Kite brings.

"Kite Packaging are part of an elite group which represents the top 0.05% of Eaton's global supply base!" EATON CORPORATION

Kite's drive for continuous improvement forms the backbone of our service and customer partnerships year after year.

Mars Gold Standard Award

Kite is delighted to have received the Mars Gold Standard Award for Quality Performance in 2011.

"The Gold Standard provides recognition of the fact you as a supplier have helped us to build quality excellence into our brands through capable supply" (Mars Softdrinks).

The award recognises the key role Kite plays in supporting business by managing their packaging requirements through innovation, development of new products and uncompromising customer service.

Jake Kirk

Jake Kirk

02nd November • 2012