A Glimpse of Just Paper Tubes Company from then and now!
Just like anything has a beginning date, Just Paper Tubes also started on 1st November 1987 by two masterminds- Ken Coates & John Mahan. The history of JPT is quite interesting as how we started and from where we’ve come from is really commendable. So, let’s take a look at how the journey of Just Paper Tubes is till now.
How seed of this business sown?
Established in 1987 in Thorne, South Yorkshire, JPT started as a small scale business in an industrial unit (460m2). Our primary machines were crafted from the scrap where our team spent sufficient time to get them into proper working order. A few months later we started sub-contracting work for Rigid Paper until we built a strong customer base with a good staff joined our team.
The same year, Mick Richards joined them as a supervisor and he is still one of the strong pillars of the firm.
JPT’s First Major Customer after Rigid
After Rigid, our major customer was Vinyl flooring manufacturer in North East England. Slowly and gradually as our customer base starts increasing, the production demand also starts rising. Even one of JPT Sales director Steven Pigott joined him from Rigid Paper and thus, the journey of growing and expanding customer base started.
Certified as a Limited Company
Just Paper Tubes were incorporated in 1991 and became Just Paper Tubes Limited. By the end of 1991, JPT expands to have 3 production lines and 2 recut machines in our new site. Even we got another vast customer name called ‘Forbo’ who bought their wallpaper tubes from us. Because we were operating 24/7, JPT needs a bigger space, so we built our first warehouse opposite the factory in 1992.
Labelling Dynamics in Gateshead
Our first significant label customer was Labelling Dynamics in Gateshead. We bought our first automatic machine or re-cutter from a German Company called Brodbeck, for £64,000 which was a big investment back then. This is a machine we believe that will make us apart from the competition and enable us to be more efficient.
Growth Plans and Value added services
We expanded our production site from 750m2 to 2000m2 in 1998. Also, we bought new lines, new wagons, and expanded our team by employing a lot more staff. JPT spent more than £1 million pounds on this growth project. We also started a wide assortment of value added services such as Armstrong World Industries for inventory control for packaging and cores, and remotely viewed stock via CCTV.
Our growth periods started from the day of our inception until now. Today, we are proud owners of 6 French Eberle knife units and recutters, and 1 Brodbeck recutter these allow us to produce millions of tape and label cores every month. Rather than just supplying Paper Tubes, we buy and sell transit packaging cores.
In 2006, the recession made things bit slow, but we continue with our pace. We were operating 6 wagons to ensure timely delivery. We changed our legal entity to JPT Accuracore LLP, the Accuracore to represent our accurate core technology.
In 2014, we spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on our new biomass plant to heat our factory, offices and warehouses. We installed 100KW of solar power generation on our roof on a sunny day catering to our electrical needs.
Technologically Advanced System
We walk shoulder-to-shoulder with the latest technology and thus we have spent a huge sum on new IT infrastructure and a new computer system that helps us in product management and traceability. This makes us one of the leading technologically advanced cardboard tube manufacturers in the UK. We use barcode scanners and intelligent logic systems that deliver high-quality products on time, every time.
In 2016, we became ISO 9001 & ISO14001 certified. The demand for the products was touching the sky, so we had to find a solution reduce our lead times for stocks. So, we worked with experts from Sweden in order to control the environment within our warehousing and production facilities. This has helped us to reduce our lead time and create a unique system that doesn’t prevail in the UK for now.
Although took a leap forward into technology not only in our systems but also our machinery we changed our name back to the original company name of Just Paper Tubes Ltd as it was synonymous with what our customers knew us as.
Expansion of Warehouse
Soon after in 2017, John Mahan, one of the founding directors of JPT decided to retire and he sells all his shares to Ken and his family. We needed more space for keeping new finished goods so they constructed a warehouse from 300m2 to 1200m2.
Making the most of our present
Recently, Just Paper Tubes finally constructed their warehouse and moved into a fully fitted out tube conditioning centre. This development enabled them to expand their customer base and improve their work efficiency. The work of our Fork Lift Drivers is driven automatically by the scanners and Android tablets on the trucks. We are proud to upgrade today to the latest standards of ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 and we wish to grow in our future endeavours.