60 seconds with Packaids

A solution can normally be found for anything that needs gluing

Packaids was founded in 1967 to offer the application of adhesives to flat sheets of paper and board. That could be re-moist gum, self-bonding latex or even heat seal varnish, all of which were applied using a hand-cut stencil on bespoke B1 machines.

As time went on other services were added including die-cutting and folder-gluing. In 2007 the company was purchased from the original owners by Matt Burgess and Steve Hutton, both of whom had many years of experience in the industry. Today the business is a modern finishing company with state-of-the-art kit while still retaining that traditional ethos of good old-fashioned customer service.

Where are you based? 

Packaids is based in Twyford, a quiet corner of Berkshire with access to the M40 and M4

How many staff do you have?

There are 12 full-time employees and, when additional hands are required, a pool of temporary staff from students at nearby Reading University are on hand to help between their study obligations

What does your firm do? 

It’s a quirky little company and difficult to define in a few words. Suffice to say that a solution can normally be found for anything that needs gluing, be that cartons, pocket folders, advent calendars, ‘peel & reveal’ cards, envelopes, sleeves, gift card holders, blister cards and more

What’s your typical customer?

It can be a print company that is involved in packaging but doesn’t have the in-house ability to finish such items. Or it could be a packaging company looking for a solution for their overspill work. The main criteria are that they are nice people to do business with

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What equipment do you run?

On top of the bespoke B1 flat-sheet adhesive machines, there are three folder-gluers (one for side seam work, one for folders and wallets and another for crash-lock base cartons & specials), two Heidelberg Cylinders, one Heidelberg MK B1 die cutting machine, Polar guillotine and a host of ancillary equipment

Where do you see your business in five years’ time?

Packaids has historically been a stalwart in the industry. Nothing revolutionary but reliable and always there. It is hoped that in five years’ time, having on-going investment, it will still be that company and still be relied upon every day by its many loyal and highly appreciated customers

What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?

Great pride is taken from being a consistently profitable small company

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?

The team quite like the bun run on Fridays. There is a list: cherry Danish, apple turnovers and cheese straws feature as regular requests