We have recently appointed the following people as Team Leaders in our Packing Department -
Mark Taylorson, Dave Phelan and Gillian Hendry. All three have had successful careers to date within the FMCG market and bring with them a wealth of supervisory knowledge.
Billy McLauchlan has also recently joined as a team leader in our Maintenance Department.
We are sure that they will all work effectively alongside the existing team and add further strength to our award winning business.
Jennifer Aldworth (Lead Senior Analyst – QC Lab) has now been appointed to the QA team and will take up her new duties shortly. Jenny has been employed by UPL since 2007 and commenced employment as a Laboratory Analyst, being promoted through various roles during her career so far. We wish her every success in her new role.
UPL has now gained the official stamp of approval on their recent planning application that will almost double the size of the existing factory and warehouse. This approval will enable UPL to further expand their successful contract manufacturing business by adding a new product development and innovation centre to their current purpose built site.
UPL can now proceed with their plans for:
A new on site Distribution Centre, and
An extension to the main building that will have two distinct areas:-
UPL’s Managing Director Mike Peters said “Manufacturing is vital for the future for the UK economy – Britain needs a manufacturing industry. We need to give people the choice to buy British and also to create additional employment opportunities here, and our expansion plans will help to provide these opportunities.”
To see more details of the approved site development plans please click on the link > UPL new site development plans
Congratulations to everyone in UPL on 35 successful years.
From humble beginnings in 1976 UPL has grown from strength to strength and it is a great achievement to have built a company with ethics and a reputation in the field that is second to none. UPL are respected throughout the industry and everyone in the company has played an important part in this, as it is the people who make UPL the strong company that it is.
The effort and contribution of the whole UPL team has been fundamental to this continued success and this is especially valued in the current tough trading environment.
So here’s to the next 35 years and many more successes on the way!
UPL invests in the future with a major programme of equipment upgrades
UPL has started a major programme of investment to upgrade its manufacturing equipment and is starting this programme by adding newer more versatile and modern process mixing vessels to its manufacturing equipment.
The suppliers of the new vessels are T. Musk, a Derbyshire based vessel manufacturer, with the mixing equipment being supplied by Glasgow based Transkem.
UPL’s current vessels have a maximum working capacity of 6000lt batches, but in order to meet customer demand for slightly smaller and sometimes more complex batches, it has been decided to invest in this new equipment.
The existing vessels will therefore be replaced with a 4500lt main process vessel & a 2250lt support vessel. The main vessel will have full vacuum, contra rotating mixing with a bottom mounted high shear mixer. This will allow a wider range of products to be made and in particular those which require more complex processing.
There will also be facility for re-circulatory mixing to take place at mid & high points. More automated controls systems will be installed to assist with making batch times more efficient and this should also lead to better quality and more consistent batches of liquid.
The new vessels are due to be delivered to UPL in mid March to allow pre-installation work to be done on site before installation takes place during April & into early May.
To cover production requirements during the ‘close down’ period different shift patterns are planned to ensure customers are kept supplied on time.
Other manufacturing areas will continue to produce during this period and will also act as a buffer should liquid demands increase so as to ensure that customer requirements are not affected during the equipment upgrade.
The removal of the old vessels & installation of the new ones will be totally managed by UPL with the assistance of local contractors. The overall project is being totally managed by UPL staff.
UPL’s Managing Director Mike Peters commented ‘This is just the start of our ongoing commitment to invest in the future of UPL and ensure that we continue to meet changing customer requirements to stay at the top of the industry.’