|Please provide a company background including when it was established, where it is located, how many staff you employ etc.
Peak Liquid Packaging was formed in its present format in 1991. The company has two manufacturing locations – in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and in Bartoscyze, Poland, where a purpose built production facility has recently been completed and is now fully operational. The company employs 25 people at each manufacturing plant.
Peak Liquid Packaging specialise in the production of both standard and non-standard products, and can produce bespoke products tailored to meet users own particular requirements. The company is also fully hygiene accredited throughout its manufacturing plant.
Please provide an overview of the products and services offered and areas of specialisation.
The company produces liquid packaging for use in IBC / bag-in-box containers. The concept is similar to the 5l and 10l wine boxes that can be purchased in supermarkets, but in an industrial format. Typical products that can be packaged within this type of system are dairy, liquid egg, sauces, cosmetics and toiletries, overall any liquids that are non-hazardous can be packaged.
How did you find out about emita and what benefits do you find the most valuable?
I found out about emita via their website, and the benefits I have found to be most valuable are the training seminars, particularly the seminar focusing on exhibitions and presentation skills, as this has been particularly relevant to Peak Liquid Packaging with the number of exhibitions we have been present at in 2014.
How long has your company been active in the export / import market and which countries do you currently trade with?
Peak Liquid Packaging has been actively trading overseas since its formation and trades worldwide.
What made you decide to expand your business overseas?
The idea behind exporting to other markets was to look to supply established users in target countries, as well as developing the bag-in-box system in countries where the product is still not used.
What has been your biggest exporting / importing challenge?
Getting the Peak Liquid Packaging name out into the market has been a challenge. It is well known as a brand throughout the industry in the UK, but in target markets we are less referred to. Through extensive marketing of the Peak name, this is becoming less of an issue as we move forward and awareness is raised.
What’s the most helpful piece of international trade advice you have received?
Have a presence in the countries you are looking to operate within and get your name out there as much as possible.
What does the future hold? Any particular markets you are looking to target next?
The European market, with its close proximity geographically, is a large target market for Peak Packaging, and with our ability to supply from the UK and our Polish plant, provides us with wide coverage of this market.