Gordian Strapping has supplied two StraPack RQ8-x wide arch automatic strapping machines to Mercia Garden Products at their 20-acre production facility in Sutton on Trent, near Newark.
Mercia Garden Products employs 150 people and is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of timber garden products. Constant market analysis has enabled Mercia to develop an extensive range of products to cater to a wide range of customer requirements. All timber is sourced from forests that are well managed and sustainable and a new product range has been developed that complies fully with the Code For Sustainable Homes.
The two StraPack RQ-8x strapping machines, with 2650mm wide arches, replaced two older StraPack machines which had reached the end of their useful working lives. One of the old machines had a 2650mm arch and the other a 2050mm arch. Standardizing on the wider arch, meant greater flexibility because the machines can be moved to lines within the factory. In addition to the two new machines, Mercia has a third StraPack machine that is over 10 years old and still in active service.
The machines are used for strapping garden sheds and children’s playhouses. The products are coated in wood colorant as part of the production process, and this stain can rub off onto the strapping machines. It was therefore crucial that the strappers be able to stand up to this type or working environment.
The two previous StraPack machines had lasted for over 13 years and this gave Mercia Garden Products the confidence to invest in two more. Furthermore, with 14 engineers across the UK, Gordian supplies comprehensive after sales service and support.
David Berry, Operations Director at Mercia Garden Products commented “We have been using StraPack machines from Gordian for at least the last 10 years. When the time came to replace them, we had no hesitation about staying with the StraPack brand.”
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