The Press “The Dust Settles on Interpack 2011” As the largest show in the Packaging Industry calendar, Interpack 2011 presents an ideal forum for introducing new concepts, new applications and meeting customers old and new, not only for the “local” European markets, but further afield into the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific rim. The Fords‟ Foldback Closure once again demonstrated the added functionality that can be achieved in a foil closure, and the active demonstration of cap application, in conjunction with the Fords capping press provided a visual illustration of the Fords‟ core skills. The flexibility of the induction sealing technology was in evidence on PP, PET and glass containers, all of which could be handled on the same system with minimal changes. Sales Manager Stuart Holman commented “the show provided a great opportunity to investigate new opportunities and we look forward to “raising the industry standard” once again in the coming months”.
“Spreading the Word”
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As part of a scheme provided by the University of Bedfordshire, Sophie Birch daughter of Fords‟ Electrical engineer Peter Birch, supported by a donation from Fords; participated in a week-long trip to Malawi. The scheme aims to offer Continued Professional Development Training to qualified teachers and took place at the St Josephs Teacher Training College, Boma District of Dedza, Malawi. The course specifically designed by the lectures at the University, combines teaching approaches used in England with the use of locally available resources to introduce new concepts and ideas to the Malawian teachers. Following the 4 day instruction programme there was very positive feedback from the teachers; with many of the attendees expressing their wish to attend the course again next year. As this was her first visit to Africa, Sophie met with challenging, surprising and eye-opening experiences, from the realisation that the area they visited was far from a vast flat dusty landscape but a green, mountainous one with fields of arable land, to the average class sizes found in rural Malawian schools, up to 60 to 80pupils!
“Spreading the Word”…..continued Sophie thanked Fords for its support, and commented that the trip and people she met have inspired her, and given her memories and knowledge which she intends to carry, and use in the years to come as she progresses in her career as a teacher.
MP’s Visit Friday the 4th February saw the visit of local Bedford MP; Richard Fuller to our factory in Kempston, Bedford Richard met many of the employees and saw high tech. capping presses and sealing systems in operation, and examples where the Fords‟ team had made improvements to their workplace and found innovative ways to fund these activities. “Fords is a rare gem in our community;” Richard Fuller said,” a manufacturing business that has been here over 50 years and that continues to sell to world class companies across the world. I salute their accomplishments and want to help foster a new generation of local business start-ups that can emulate their success." John Wheelwright, Fords‟ Managing Director, added, “I was so pleased and proud when Richard agreed to come and see us. The heritage of Fords is something we hold dear and has helped us to form the current business within the global market place today. Despite all of the bad news we continue to grow. Richard took a great interest in what we do and listened and discussed about the business with all of those he met.”
Meet the Team…. Customer Services Director – Joe Cusano Life at Fords for Joe started back in 1979 as a 16 year old apprentice. Having completed his mechanical apprenticeship, he spent the next few years gaining practical experience before joining the Customer Services Department.
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Having been with the company for over 30 years, he has seen many changes in his time at Fords. None however were more challenging and exciting than being part of the Management Buy-Out team back in 1998. Customer Services is key part of the Fords business plan and Joe is proud to lead a team of talented „After Sales‟ individuals. Joe is married with two daughters, and lists among his interest the musical theatre, football and rugby. He likes nothing more than spending his holiday time visiting family and friends in southern Italy where he can enjoy good weather, good food and of course good local wine!
Ronald Close, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK42 7SH
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