Riverside Medical Packaging set to create 40 jobs

Riverside Medical Packaging is set to create 40 new jobs and launch a £2m sales drive after globally launching its latest technology.

The Derby-based medical packaging and medical device manufacturer, and contract fulfilment specialist has ambitious plans to quadruple sales of its ‘shawpak’ thermoforming machinery to cater for demand for cost-effective packaging.

Currently employing 200 people at its facility in the city, Riverside has invested nearly £100,000 in developing a turnkey solution for the vertical machining centre, which utilises spindle technology, precision accuracy and Heidenhain controls.

Included in this is the installation of a new Quaser MV 184 PH machine tooling to handle the expected surge in sales.

A grease replenishing system has also been added to the machine, along with two high speed touch probe measuring systems from Blum-Novotest.

Alan Wade, works and engineering director at Riverside Medical Packaging, said: “Last year we topped over £11m in sales across the business and the focus in 2018 will see a major push on our ‘shawpak’ technology, which offers firms a smaller and more cost effective thermoforming solution for safely packing high-end or high volume medical parts.”

“As part of our expansion, we needed a new vertical machining centre that offered us speed, accuracy and the ability to easily set and manufacture a variety of parts for use in the ‘shawpak’ machines. After much consideration and searching the sector for the best option, we decided on the Quaser MV 184 PH.”

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