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Pacepacker encourages SMEs to make ‘leap of faith’ to export

18 October 2012

Pacepacker Services has rounded off a triumphant 18 months by scooping its sixth prestigious industry award for their exporting and automation prowess

The Essex based manufacturer of packing, pick and place and robot palletising equipment last week received the ‘Exporter of the Year’ accolade at the PPMA Group Industry Awards - reinforcing their position as one of the top performing manufacturers in the country.

Pacepacker were up against five finalists who could also demonstrate significant export growth however it was their unique ‘Try Before You Buy’ service – developed as part of their export strategy to overcome customer concerns and de-risk the equipment procurement process – which put the automation specialist head and shoulders above the rest. Chris Buxton, Group CEO of the PPMA, comments: “Pacepacker was rewarded for energetically pursuing exports with a well-defined strategy and a ‘Try before You Buy’ facility, resulting in rapid and sustained export growth during difficult trading conditions.” In addition to their win Pacepacker were also highly commended in the Processing and Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year category.

A relatively small company, employing 17 members of staff, Pacepacker has gained recognition over the last 18 months by demonstrating how they effectively used strategic advice from various experts, including the UKTI, the PPMA, and financial advice from Barclays Bank, to build upon their exporting capabilities during a tough economic time. This hard working strategic approach has not only increased Pacepacker’s exporting arm by 30% over the last three years but they have now been rewarded for their efforts with SIX EEF, PPMA and Food Processing industry awards.

Dennis Allison, Managing Director of Pacepacker Services comments: “On behalf of our agents, distributors and employees, I am delighted to receive this latest award for the development and implementation of Pacepacker’s worldwide packaging equipment export strategy. For many years UK Government has been urging private companies to help the country survive and beat recession, and we are one of those organisation’s who have grown internationally by utilising the support structure available to UK companies. We implemented the advice received from our bank, Barclays, our trade association, the PPMA, and the UKTI to help create and roll-out an ambitious export plan – we hope that our story will inspire other SME’s to make the similar ‘leap of faith’.”


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