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The Press Successful start to 2012 …. 2012 started well as Fords was awarded a contract for a press and sealer supply by a major producer of baby milk formula Chosen for our expertise and experience in this area, the equipment will be delivered later this year. Sales Manager Stuart Holman commented "In today's uncertain economic climate this represents a significant investment by a major client, and confirms our position as world leader in foil capping and sealing"

A New Direction…. Fords’ acquisition of ACS Ltd brought with it a secondary business activity of distributing Italianbuilt fresh pasta machines to the UK foodservice sector. This was seen as an exciting opportunity to expand the Fords’ name into new markets. Building on an already successful business strategy the range was quickly integrated under the banner of Fords Food Equipment.

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Expansion of the product range has resulted from close relationships with existing customers, including the “Jamie’s Italian” chain of Italian restaurants, started by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The portfolio now includes Parma ham slicers, automatic pizza dough & pizza base machines, plus stonebake ovens. All of the equipment is supported by our team of service engineers, and the company recently purchased a van, complete with Fords Food Equipment logo, to assist the service engineers in their task of supporting the range. For the first time as Fords Food Equipment, we will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Hotel Olympia trade show at the Excel centre, London 26th Feb to 1st March, where the full range of equipment now offered will be exhibited and demonstrated. More details can be found at


Continuing Innovation…. Fords’ is continuing to strive to remain at the forefront of its industry, with the development of new technologies and more products. More information later in the year

A Silver Jubilee at Fords…. In this year of the Royal Jubilee two Fords’ employees celebrated their 25 years service with the company. Netta Vacchio and Carms Grassi both from the customer services department achieved this milestone. In a presentation, each received a gift of a beautiful watch from John Wheelwright, Managing Director. In his speech John commented "25 years is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate them both and wish them continuing success for the future.” John also thanked them for their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm in reaching this significant milestone.

Meet the Team…. Business Development Manager – Duncan Harris Duncan joined Fords in 2010, when ACS Ltd was acquired by Fords. He has over 20years experience of importing and selling European built capital equipment, and while at ACS founded a separate division specialising in innovative equipment for the UK food service sector.

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The division is now known as Fords Food Equipment, and Duncan has ambitious expansion plans, which are an integral part of the overall company strategy. Duncan is married, with two teenage sons. He is an active musician and fair weather road cyclist, sharing both passions with the rest of his family.

Ronald Close, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK42 7SH

The Press - Issue 6  
The Press - Issue 6  

Sixth issue of the Fords Packaging Systems quarterly newsletter