Global One-Pak opens Hong Kong office
A Greater Manchester packaging firm has opened an office in Hong Kong as it looks to quadruple its exports within five years thanks to a pipeline of innovative new products.
Tameside-based Global One-Pak, which supplies packaging to the personal care and household goods sectors, opened the office to serve its overseas customers and liaise with its manufacturing partners in China.
Export orders during 2012 made up 11 per cent of GOP’s £3m turnover, up from 0.1 per cent five years ago.
And GOP – which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month – says that is set to rise to 40 per cent within five years.
Key markets include the USA, Canada, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia.
Director Clive Broadbant said: “We have found that the only way to develop these markets is through innovation.
“Our export customers are very keen to have something different, particularly in the premium sector, and if it becomes a success in one market then they will expand into more countries.”
GOP specialises in trigger sprays and lotion pumps used to package good ranging from from soap to weed killer.
It has seen strong demand for packaging made from steriGOP, a plastic with antibacterial properties that can kill deadly bugs including MRSA and E. Coli which it launched last year.
The company has also created a patented system called GOPvent, which took seven years to develop and is used for products that contain hydrogen peroxide, such as carpet cleaners.
In hot countries, such products can give off oxygen, causing the packaging to bloat or distort, but GOPvent allows the excess gas to escape safely.
And in February, it will launch a new range of decorative packaging aimed at the personal care market, which makes up around 75 per cent of its turnover.
Mr Broadbent said: “We have seen our business grow by following trends in the marketplace and developing products to match those trends.
“Customers want new decoration techniques to make their products look more distinct.”
GOP now has more than 50 worldwide design registrations for personal care and household products which it has developed.
The company has 6 staff and is anticipating 10 – 15 per cent revenue growth in 2013.
It supplies retailers including Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda-Walmart, Morrisons and Netto, and brands including WD40, Jeyes, Milton, Church & Dwight and Tommee Tippee.
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