On 15 October last year, Mother Nature dealt us a blow. Our manufacturing and decoration plant in Torelló, Spain, suffered a violent flash flood caused by tropical storm Leslie. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but we sustained a lot of damage. Looking back at 2018, I realise that the event was one of the proudest moments in Quadpack’s history.
An arduous clean-up effort restored the plant back to full capacity in just six weeks. This almost miraculous undertaking was possible thanks to the pro-active and positive attitude of our people, who worked tirelessly to bring the plant back to life. An attitude which forms the foundation of our success as a business.
Quadpack is a company built on people. Our skills, values, work ethic and shared vision are what drives us forward. We are today an almost 400-strong global team, expanding into new territories. Last year, we significantly increased our presence in Asia and the US. We invested €2.4 million in our production facilities. And we increased our sales by 15%, with a turnover set to hit €104 million.
Our explosive growth over the past years led us to centralise our services, establishing a global structure to ensure consistency in processes and service levels. I realise now that, while successful globally, we may have lost a little locally. So, from this year onward, we’ll be recapturing our roots by strengthening our local sales, support and customer service operations. In-country tactical management, package development and customer support staff will enable sales teams to operate with greater speed and flexibility.
This mix of local agility within a global framework effectively makes us a ‘Little Big Company’. It’s a business model that’s conceived to empower our people, to give them both the freedom and the corporate support they need to do their job, wherever they are.
Our headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, will undergo a transformation, too. Our offices will be supplemented by a further 800m2. This will give us much-needed room for more collaborative working spaces, training facilities and recreational areas – all designed to promote knowledge sharing, talent development and the wellbeing of our staff. The additional space will also allow us to expand our laboratory and inaugurate a spectacular new showroom.
As we prepare for the year ahead, besides growth, we seek balance. Success should not be measured by profit alone. The flood at Torelló highlighted the value of a motivated team, capable of reacting quickly in exceptional circumstances. We have an extensive budget set aside to invest in our future in a wide range of areas, from production facilities to talent acquisition. We have a matrix management system that encourages agility. What’s most important, however, is the people we have in place, who drive our growth and determine our character as a business. With our Little Big Company model to support us, the future is looking very bright indeed.
All that remains is for me to thank all of you who have supported us during the past year and to wish you all a very happy new year!
CEO and Co-Founder
Driving the debate on sustainability
Sustainability. Everyone is taking about it, but what does it really mean? There are many different interpretations and even more courses of action. So how can businesses best embrace it? As an active member of the beauty packaging industry, Quadpack has taken the debate to its clients, with a view to sharing knowledge and working together towards a common vision.
Nurturing tomorrow’s talent in design and innovation
Quadpack is a company that depends on constant innovation, so encouraging and promoting talent is vital to what it does. Tied closely to its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy, it works in several areas: strengthening ties between universities and industry, sponsoring relevant prizes and awards, boosting entrepreneurship and supporting small business initiatives.
Quadpack Foundation reaches out across the globe
2018 has been a busy year for Quadpack Foundation. Quadpack's charitable arm supports social and environmental projects wherever the company is present in the world, with an emphasis on helping disadvantaged children and young people get a good start in life. Throughout the year, it worked with NGOs in Europe, the US and Asia.
Cosmopack Asia: a time for partnership and celebration
Cosmopack Asia was a huge success for Quadpack this year. The YouWood collection in particular was a real crowd-puller, comprising selected Q-Line packs adorned with sustainably-sourced wood. As always, Yonwoo’s airless packs proved very popular. Quadpack also participated in the event’s SKINTONIC skincare project, plus we hosted our annual cocktail party – this year, in celebration of our 15th anniversary!
Innovation first: cutting-edge 3D printing technology accelerates creative process
Quadpack’s department of Design and Advanced Technologies has invested over €200k in the latest 3D printing technology at its UK research & design facility. The Stratasys J750 will accelerate the early stages of bespoke package design and development, while helping to test new ideas.
Quadpack sponsors degree project at ELISAVA design school
The way we experience fragrance is changing. Young consumers have different expectations and want more than a nice scent in an attractive bottle. So how do we relate to fragrance and how can packagers ensure engagement with the new generation? Investigating this topic was Quadpack’s brief to the students at the ELISAVA University School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona, Spain.
Quadpack Industries closes 2017 with €90.7m turnover and 29% growth
Quadpack Industries delivered strong results in 2017, thanks to its diversified business model and sustainable growth strategy. EBITDA reached a healthy €6.8 million, an increase of 2% over the 2016 results. With a consolidated presence in the European skincare packaging market, 2017 saw the company increase its penetration of the fragrance and make-up markets, together now accounting for 35% of its business. Its hybrid manufacturing/sourcing model keeps its offering flexible, while delivering specialised differentiation through its own manufacturing output.
Quadpack hosts inaugural Asia Supplier Conference
Quadpack held its Asia Supplier Conference on 8 May 2018 in Kowloon, Hong Kong, in recognition of the strategic importance of its Asian business partnerships. Held at the stylish Hotel ICON, over 30 key suppliers attended the event, as did Quadpack’s Asia Pacific team.
Manufacturing Division expansion reflects corporate growth
A new production line has been installed at the Quadpack Plastics injection-moulding plant to manage the increased volume of acrylic jar manufacture. Quadpack’s Manufacturing Division now has a combined production capacity of 170 million items a year, including the Quadpack Wood and Quadpack Impressions facilities.
Roll up, roll up! The most inclusive show's in town!
There is no surer way of putting a smile on a child’s face than a circus performance. When that child is disadvantaged through health or circumstance, it’s a way of forgetting day-to-day struggles for some much-needed fun. So when Circus Starr announced its plans to go to Stoke-on-Trent, Quadpack Foundation saw the perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand.
Quadpack ramps up US activity with new appointment, new distributor
Quadpack has made two key moves designed to increase its penetration into the US market. The company has appointed Anthony Le Minoux as head of its US operations. At the same time, it has named East Hill Industries as the official distributor of its Q-Line range of products in the United States.
Quadpack joins UN Global Compact to help shape a better world
Quadpack Industries has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. The move is in line with the company’s CSR strategy and offers a set of agreed guidelines to ensure responsible governance, while helping to shape a better world.
‘People, planet, profit’ go hand in hand with Quadpack’s CSR strategy
Quadpack is proud to announce its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, as it approaches its 15th anniversary. Since its foundation in 2003, it has seen a steady year-on-year growth, transforming into a thriving, global organisation. Now, with over 250 employees on four continents and an annual turnover approaching €100 million, it seeks to formally outline its commitment to responsible governance through a far-reaching CSR programme.
Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil wins prestigious NJPEC award
It's a beautiful pack for a beautiful product and, now, it has been recognised by one of the industry's most prestigious associations. Tata Harper's Beautifying Face Oil, contained in a dropper pack developed by Quadpack, is the winner of the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club (NJPEC) award in the Health and Beauty category. Tata Harper Director of Product Development Amy Christian and Quadpack's Christin Cupo proudly received the prize at the Awards Gala at The Madison Hotel on 16 November in Morristown, New Jersey, US.
Quadpack targets growing Asia Pacific region
Asian beauty brands now have a new source for packaging, design services and the latest in global trends. Recognising the steady growth of Asian domestic markets, Quadpack is expanding its presence in the region. The international packaging group has created a dedicated sales operation to service brands and contract fillers in the Asia Pacific region, led by Regional Director Jason Smith.
Meet our Asia Pacific team at Cosmopack Asia!
The 22nd edition of Cosmoprof Asia will see Quadpack as an exhibitor for the first time, introducing its new Asia Pacific team in the Cosmopack segment of the show. On display will be the finest packaging solutions from Quadpack's portfolio, dressed up to inspire, in a variety of attractive designs.
Double award win for Quadpack at Luxury Packaging Awards 2017
The gala dinner of the Luxury Packaging Awards 2017 on 13 September in London was a very special night for beauty packaging provider Quadpack Industries, as it scooped up two major awards. Quadpack was announced the winner in both the 'Personal Care' and 'Luxury Packaging Supplier of the Year' categories.
Rail freight: beauty packaging takes the Silk Route
It's quicker than sea and cheaper than air freight. Rail transportation is now becoming a viable option for the beauty packaging sector, offering a host of benefits to cosmetics companies. To trial the service, Quadpack's Supply Chain team has just successfully completed its first shipment via rail, on an inaugural journey along the old Silk Route.
Quadpack Plastics celebrates first anniversary
It's been a year since Quadpack Plastics was formed and a lot has happened. Adding injection moulding to Quadpack's manufacturing capability has widened the company's offering, being able to either source or manufacture the right solution for its clients. Skeyndor and Germaine de Capuccini are just two of the brands now taking advantage of Quadpack Plastics' services.
Automating the extraordinary: Technotraf ramps up jar cap production
New machinery has been installed at Quadpack's Technotraf wood factory to industrialise the production of unique shapes in wooden componentry. A high-speed CNC (computer-numeric controlled) milling machine and a six-head CNC sanding machine have been added to the plant's installations, following a €400,000 investment.
FFF prepares for a special edition of the FiFi awards
The FiFi awards are just around the corner. Over 50 perfumes have been shortlisted to claim the coveted prizes. This year's ceremony, held on June 8 at the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris, France, is a very special edition as it also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the awards.
New glass decorating line arrives at Quadpack Impressions
Quadpack Impressions has been upgraded with a brand new decorating line. The installation offers high-precision screen printing and hot-stamping on glass bottles, as well as other materials. The plant now offers a complete, Europe-based decoration service for all types of beauty packaging.
Quadpack Foundation supports Marató TV3 charity drive
Quadpack Foundation has lent the expertise of Technotraf Wood Packaging to the Marató TV3 charity drive. The Catalan channel hosted its annual awareness-raising broadcast, this year focusing on strokes and spinal and brain cord injuries, on 18 December 2016. A full day’s worth of programming was dedicated to explaining the conditions, in order to raise funds for research.
Quadpack: planning for a bright future
Quadpack ended the year with a bang. Our merger with Collcap Group had the industry buzzing. For us, however, it was the culmination of a plan a long time in the making. An agreement to the companies' mutual long-term benefit. And driven by an aggressive growth strategy that will continue to make headlines.
Quadpack celebrates merger at Hong Kong party
The annual Quadpack cocktail party during Cosmoprof Hong Kong this year celebrated the merger with Collcap. Previous Collcap members, including founder John McDermott, joined their new Quadpack colleagues on 17 November on the Rooftop Terrace of the Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in Wan Chai. Over 140 staff, clients and suppliers took a break from the show to relax and enjoy the stunning views over Victoria Harbour.
Collcap and Quadpack merge
UK packaging provider Collcap Group Ltd and international packaging manufacturer and provider Quadpack Industries SA have merged. The combined group will retain the Quadpack name. Quadpack Industries is now a leading presence in Europe for the manufacture and supply of packaging solutions to the beauty industry.
Quadpack Plastics sees arrival of high-end injection-moulding line
Since its incorporation into Quadpack Group in April this year, the production experts of the Manufacturing Division have been streamlining the layout of the plant. The new setup ensures optimal workflow, from injection-moulding, through decoration, to assembly and warehousing. The arrival of a high-end injection moulding machine in June signifies the start of two-year plan to deploy state-of-the-art injection moulding equipment at Quadpack Plastics.
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