Spotlight: 3 years on at Aegg's Suffolk Hub
3 years on from acquiring the site, we take a look at what’s been achieved at Aegg’s hub in Eye, Suffolk.
Packaging Manufacturing, Warehousing and Logistics
Spread over 120,000 sq feet, well over £6m has been invested in the hub, which consists of in-house food packaging manufacturing, warehouse facilities for Aegg’s glass and plastic packaging, and a logistics service comprising of over 30 vehicular units.
The hub offers Aegg’s customers the option to source plastic or glass packaging, some bespoke, some produced in its Eye manufacturing unit. Customers can also store their glass or plastic packaging in its warehouse and have the packaging delivered to their production lines as and when needed using Aegg’s in-house haulage service.
What has changed?
A big investment has been made in every single area of the hub. Three years ago, the building needed major upgrade works including a new roof, new office suites, and investment in machinery for its new manufacturing unit.
Alex Beer, Aegg’s Operations Director said “A huge amount of work has gone into the hub over the past 3 years or so. The whole team has been fantastic and has helped to make the hub a place we are really proud of. We have not only invested in the building itself; we have also invested heavily in our experienced and knowledgeable team leaving us in a great place to take the business onto its next phase.”
Aegg's Warehouse at Eye:
Overseen by Warehouse Supervisor Wayne Stotter, who joined following over 10 years working within a Blue Chip company, the warehouse has robust inventory control and stock rotation systems in place. Consideration has also been given to reducing the carbon footprint by moving more regular stock orders nearer to the loading area to make forklift movements more efficient. Aegg is also looking into replacing the existing forklifts with electric versions, further reducing any impact on the environment.
Manufacturing Food Packaging at Eye:
Aegg still sources its glass bottles and jars from carefully selected manufacturers from around the world. Now Aegg manufactures its own recyclable plastic food packaging at the Aegg production facility, based in the Eye hub. Significant investment has been made in manufacturing equipment, the experienced production team as well as research and development into more environmentally friendly materials and methods of manufacture. Aegg’s heritage pots and tulip pots, for example, are available in rPET, which includes 30% recycled material, making the pots PPT-exempt.
Here are some of the tulip pots being manufactured on-site for a major retailer's Christmas seafood starter.
Aegg Logistics at Eye:
As well as sourcing, manufacturing and storing Aegg’s packaging products, Aegg also delivers them. Aegg’s experienced transport team manages its own distribution fleet of over 30 vehicular units. Aegg has recently bought 2 new lorries, which are suitable for longer haul deliveries including comfortable sleeper cabs. Based near Felixstowe port (Britain’s biggest and busiest container port) and with its excellent transport links, the hub is ideally located for transporting packaging between Felixstowe and Grangemouth docks, the warehouses and Aegg’s customers all around the UK .
A Few Words on the Eye Hub:
Richard Drayson, Aegg’s Sales Director, added
“With our hub in Eye, expanding packaging ranges and strong relationships with customers and suppliers in place, we are ideally set up for further development in our business, providing a robust, all-embracing and cost-effective service to both our UK and Export customers.”
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