Our Company

Company Information

Rockwell Solutions is a is a subsidiary of Sappi and based in Dundee, Scotland.
For many years, Rockwell was involved in standard printed packaging, a reasonably simple and generic product category. However, in the late 90’s, the focus turned to actually making a difference to the client – adding functionality, creating new options and possibilities. In other words, giving our clients the added value. Our focus now is almost completely on specialized packaging, and we service many household brands in the food industry. Recently, Rockwell Solutions has invested over £8 million and three years of research and development in the “Rockstar” product line to produce solvent-free lidding for the food packaging market. Seventy meters long, the new machine unit has revolutionized and enlarged the possibilities in production of peelable lidding film for all tray types. It enables heat sealable PET, aluminum and paper, solventless extrusion as well as multiplex laminates. Rockstar enables savings for Rockwell of more than £3m a year, which massively boosts the company’s assets and environmental credentials. By producing sealable lids without using solvent in the coating chemistry, Rockwell can expect raw material and energy savings of around £300,000 per month.

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Management Philosophy

  • To provide our customers with innovative and responsive solutions through our world leading lidding-film technologies.
  • To provide challenges and opportunities to our employees, utilizing their skills and encouraging their creativity and individuality.
  • To identify the needs of the present and future, and to meet these needs by being flexible, agile, and dynamic.
  • To establish and fulfil the company's own environmental policy.
  • To manage our business from an international perspective and to develop a strong presence throughout the world.

Certifications

Rockwell Solutions Ltd. became one of the first companies in the United Kingdom to achieve BRC certification. Still, we did not see this as the achievement of a goal. It was merely a stepping stone in the constant pursuit of excellence. Top quality is the foundation of our business partnerships. Therefore, we never stop improving our production and in-house-procedures. The latest computer controlled checking procedures serve to enhance meticulous manual checks, to make sure we always deliver what we promise. Quality. Service. Reliability. On time, every time.

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Environmental Policy

  • Rockwell Solutions Ltd. is committed to environmental operations which foster a sustainable future and lead to improvements in the communities where we do business.
  • We will comply with local, state and federal environmental regulations and other applicable environmental requirements.
  • We will continue to look for ways to protect our natural resources by implementing programms and procedures to ensure a minimal impact. We will seek to prevent environmental impacts before they are created and reuse and recycle whenever possible. We strive to prevent releases to the atmosphere, land and water.
  • We will provide adequate resources, including personnel, to establish, document, implement and maintain environmental programms which will meet the objectives of this policy.
  • We will continually provide environmental training and information to employees and contractors to promote environmental awareness on the job.
  • We will communicate our environmental commitment and efforts to our customers, staff and community.
  • We will work continually to improve the effectiveness of our environmental management system, to enhance our environmental performance, and reduce any environmental impacts by setting timely measurable goals to reduce these impacts. Clear key-target (we already observed a progress here) has been to reduce the CO2 emission.

Our History

1971

Company formation with a six colour OPP flexo printer for potato chip market

1998

£5 million investment in 2002 in three new coaters

2002

Replacement 70% of Competitor lidding in the UK market with in house made product. Recently grown to
75%.

2012

In house coating recipe development and manufacture

2013

£8 million investment in solventless extrusion technology

2017

Rockwell Solutions becomes a member of a Sappi Group

Today

Today, Rockwell Solutions is a producer of solvent-based coated film for peelable lids for convenience foods. The Company was formed in 1971 to produce crisp packets for the likes of Golden Wonder and Walkers Crisps. This was a very competitive market and in 1995, it was decided to develop more technical products because it was felt that medium sized converters such as Rockwell had no future and these large Companies such as Frito Lay or Nestle etc would be going over to Pan European type of suppliers and the cheaper end of the market would be serviced by garage type operations.

Over the ensuing years, this turned out to be true and out of 40 or so medium sized converters in the 1990s, less than 10 survive to this day. The decision was the right one and over the last 20 years, we have developed high technology lidding and barrier films, which are highly technical in nature. Rockwell has some 70% of the convenience food market lidding films in the UK. During this period manufacture of solvent based coated films was established with inhouse manufacture of the coatings that are used. In 2014, a new solvent free extrusion and hotmelt coating machine “Rockstar” was installed t a cost of Euro 10 million. This machine is now in active production producing solvent free films.

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