Corrugated cardboard packaging business BoxWay Packaging Group has announced the appointment of Bryan Crennell to its newly created position of group managing director.

With more than thirty years’ senior management experience, Mr Crennell has had both a national and international career in large and SME organisations, most recently in the print and packaging industry with Elanders and Harrison Packaging.

Together with Nick Forrest, group finance director, Mr Crennell will form a new board of directors with Andrew Woollard, CEO, which will lead BoxWay Packaging Group through the next phase of its development.

Mr Crennell said he was ‘thrilled’ to be joining BoxWay, and stated, ’With a talented and highly experienced work force across key areas of the business alongside some exceptionally loyal customers, we are extremely well-placed to grow significantly and sustainably over the coming years.’

Mr Woollard commented, ‘Bryan will be central to driving the next phase of the Group’s development, following our significant investment programme.

‘We have developed a new supplier network, enhanced our customer relationships, and increased our portfolio of high-quality, design-led products and services for businesses across the UK.

‘Bryan brings a wealth of experience in supplying the food, beverage, household and healthcare markets and has a strong skill set with an excellent reputation for leadership.’

In other news, BoxWay has completed a £2 million investment at its Peterlee site following its acquisition from the SAICA Group in June 2021, the first investment in the plant for 22 years.

The investment comprises the purchase of sophisticated new machinery, including a Weipong five colour flexo rotary die cutter; Eterna flat-bed die cutter, a Midas gluer, and a Kolbus MultiNova speciality gluer, as well as a new ink kitchen and upgrades to IT infrastructure.

Mr Woollard stated, ‘Our Peterlee facility enjoys enviable long-standing relationships with loyal key muti-national well-known brands and customers in the consumer durables, electronics, industrial, paper and packaging, building and construction and automotive sectors.

‘The investment will serve to further strengthen these traditional markets, as well as increasing our presence within the food and drink sectors.

‘Investment in design hardware and software as well as an upgraded Kongsberg sample cutting table, will additionally enable us to work with a wider customer base suited to, and aligned with, our future growth plans.’

These investments follow on from BoxWay’s recently-announced partnership with Reproflex3 to use the latter’s Vortex corrugated screening technology, reported in FlexoTech in August 2023.