Dave Bartlett has joined Glossop Cartons as operations director, part of a one to strengthen a management team and enable joint managing directors Jacky Sidebottom-Every and Brian Sidebottom to spend more time on developing business strategy.
Bartlett joins from Trenton Box, where he had become operations director, but before moving to the St Neots company he had been plant director for Contact Print & Packaging, whose assets (including the factory it now occupies) were acquired by Glossop Cartons in 2015.
His appointment follows that of Wayne Fitzpatrick to become the company’s sales director taking on some of the company’s key accounts. He joined from Meyr Melnhof, one of the giants of carton conversion.
Bartlett will supervise a production operation that includes two Mitsubishi presses for litho printing, Xeikon for digital print and Highcon for digital cut and creasing, one of the first in the world with this technology and designed to handle set runs and faster turnarounds. Morer recently it installed a Brausse Forza carton gluer.
Bartlett's role will also involved training the production team in “order to achieve their full potential”.
“Dave’s appointment will enable the company to achieve further growth by helping to further improve efficiencies therefore creating additional capacity,” says Sidebottom-Every.
This also provides the pair at the head of the company with more time to plot the future of the business. Sidebottom-Every has been active in out reach activities with schools to promote careers in print. The educational partnerships have been forged with schools in the Stockport area.
She explains: “I would strongly urge other companies within the packaging sector to consider launching similar schemes, which can help to address skills shortages within their own plants as well as across the wider industry.”
By Gareth Ward
Glossop Cartons is laying the groundwork for further growth with a second key appointment this year. This allows joint managing director jackie Sidebottom-Every and Brian Sidebottom to spend more time on the strategic direction of the business.