UK Company History
In 1978 the UK business (then Jaffabox Ltd) operated from small premises in Kings Heath Birmingham.
In these early days the company had limited manufacturing capability and were primarily involved in the recycling of cardboard boxes. This completely changed with the rapid expansion of the business over the next few years and it became necessary to move to new purpose-built premises at Cato Street Nechells in order to expand manufacturing operations. Further expansion in box manufacturing and the need to install new machinery resulted in another move in 1988 to a new custom built 35,000 sq ft premises at Devon St Nechells.
The continued expansion of the business throughout the 1990’s went hand in hand with further investment in new box making machinery, delivery vehicles, computerisation and waste management systems.
In 1998 the directors took on the challenge of moving the business forward into the new millennium by approving a multi-million pound investment programme.
During 1999 this resulted in the building of a new 80,000 sq ft factory on a five-acre green field site adjacent to Birmingham International Airport close to the NEC. When completed the latest state-of-the-art computer set box making machinery was installed.
Conscious of the need to reduce waste and its effects on the environment, the company continued with its box recycling operations and installed an advanced waste handling system. This ensured that all cardboard waste was collected for recycling , any dust particles were removed and during winter the warm purified air was piped back into the building to provide a reduction in the overall energy required for heating.
Over the following decade the company’s turnover steadily increased, additional staff were employed and extra production machinery was added to keep pace with the increased demand.
More recently a new building extension has been completed to house a fully automated Gopfert printed die-cut production line, a new state-of-the-art BHS corrugator and a fully automated high speed Mitsubishi Evol casemaker.
The BHS corrugator provides for in-house production of corrugated board and combined with the Gopfert and Evol machines has allowed the company to enhance its product range and reduce box manufacturing lead times.
In November 2019 the Schumacher Packaging Group with headquarters in Ebersdorf in Germany acquired the company and in April 2020 the company name was changed to Schumacher Packaging Limited.
The Schumacher Packaging Group employs over 3,500 people and is recognised within the industry as being a progressive forward thinking organisation with some of the most modern cardboard box and packaging manufacturing plants in Europe.
The changes made over the years to keep pace with technology improvements has been one of the factors in attaining awards and in attracting new customers, many of which are large companies who are household names in manufacturing, food processing, distribution and publishing.