Sunday, January 29, 2023

Kite Packaging open campus to accommodate business expansion

As part of Kite Packaging’s ongoing growth strategy, it opened a state-of-the-art Kite Campus in Puma Park, Coventry on 29th August 2022, to serve clients and employees better.

Adding almost 190,000 sq ft, its Coventry capacity now stands at 380,000 sq ft, offering a considerably larger inventory to clients. With space for circa 40,000 pallets, great stock availability is also guaranteed. An additional 30,000 sq ft of space in Unit 2 awaits expansion as the company will no doubt continue to grow with plans of increasing Coventry personnel.

Significant investment went into furnishing the new site, with Kite supporting the local economy by hiring Midlands-based contractors where possible. The units feature new IT infrastructure and energy-efficient machinery, with 18 new forklifts, 14 low level order pickers, and a conveyor system to streamline warehouse processes. With no shortage for space, Kite’s mobile packaging laboratory can be found parked at the site when not out on visits.

Complete with a meeting room suite, exceptional canteen and breakout space, the Campus also boasts a dedicated educational facility like no other in the industry, providing on-site training for employees and customers as well as a great work environment. Surrounding wildlife has been preserved and landscaped with walkway access, benefitting the employees without disturbing the natural environment.

The move saw more green initiatives accommodated, enabling Kite to refine their existing sustainable operations in their new home. While modern insulation and smart lighting are employed for energy efficiency, the site has also been fitted with solar panels to source renewable power. A campus-wide recycling initiative has been implemented, along with Kite having their very own on-site water recycling plant for self-sufficiency. To add, electric vehicle charging points have been installed across the premises with the opportunity to add more if the need arises.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, said: “Our teams have worked closely with Kite Packaging for a number of years to support their expansion and helped them find suitable locations within the city to really help the business grow. It’s fantastic to see businesses adapting greener initiatives and accessing the support on offer.

“We work hard to support businesses in the city, whether that’s establishing new businesses, supporting post-COVID recovery or assisting businesses in expansion. Securing and developing businesses creates jobs for local people and supports the economy, so we want to make sure businesses get the help they need.

“As a result of this investment in the new site Kite Packaging are forecasting the creation of another 170 jobs in addition to the staff already employed across its Coventry operations.”

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