Carlton Packaging announces further expansion with new 172,000sq ft distribution centre

Packaging provider to online retailers, Carlton Packaging has announced the signing of a new-build 172,000sq ft Bedfordshire distribution facility close to Bedford as part of a significant investment in its SmartHub arm of the business.

Director Marcus Magee said of the development: “This is an exciting step forward for Carlton Packaging, and a vital development to ensure we continue to support online retailers throughout UK and Europe with smart products quickly from large stockholding.”

Carlton Packaging designs and supplies smart sustainable packaging materials and processes for online retailers throughout UK and Europe. With the company already operating facilities in the UK, France, Germany and Italy, this brand-new site will become group head office and national distribution centre.

The business says it is focused on leading development and implementation of sustainable packaging processes and materials, and ensuring all activities contribute towards its corporate sustainable goals. With BREEAM Excellent certification, this new site is a further step in Carlton Packaging’s journey to become carbon neutral, where installation of 200kW of solar PV has been commissioned to provide renewable energy for the site, with 12 EV charging points.

The new facility will be home to Carlton Packaging’s SmartHub packaging design and development centre. Marketing manager Lucy Bosten said: “We are making further significant investment in expanding our successful SmartHub facility within the new site with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to ensure we continue to provide our clients with the most effective solutions possible. We look forward to welcoming online retailers and fulfilment providers throughout the UK & Europe to this facility, to work with our in-house experts, developing sustainable packaging solutions to support their operations”.

Over the past years Carlton Packaging has closely supported the online market growth with smart products and fast availability. “It’s all about the most effective product in the right place at the right time,” said company directors, who are delighted by the latest move and predict strong growth ahead. “We’re investing to stay ahead, to continue to support our clients’ growth with a reliable supply chain and unrivalled product availability even during the toughest of global supply conditions.”

This growth will continue to bring job opportunities to the local area as the business looks to strengthen its workforce.