Vertical form, fill and seal machine manufacturer reports best-ever start to a year, despite pandemic

GIC has seen orders for its vertical bagmakers more than double this year and currently has 30 machines in build, several of which are destined for the fresh produce sector.

At the same time, two new employees have been recruited, and GIC has invested more than £30,000 in its factory, adding a new mezzanine floor, increasing its production area by 90 square metres. The company was established in 1984, with its current directors - Andy Beal and Luke Murphy - assuming control of the business in 2006 through a management buy-out.

 “Despite the awful situation with the pandemic, we have seen enquiries and orders reach record levels,” says Beal. “We have won several prestigious, high-value contracts from both new and repeat customers and I think we are seeing the rewards from a lot of hard work from our sales team and also increased investment in marketing to get our name out there a bit more.

“I think we are also benefitting from the fact that our machines are exceptionally well built and we back that up with the best customer service and ongoing support that we can provide,” he continues. “Hopefully, the rest of 2020 will continue in the same vein.”

In February, GIC reported a record start to the year for its service team, with demand for after-sales support, servicing and spare parts growing by 60% since 2014. Sales for new and refurbished machines are also following this upward trajectory. GIC offers an extensive range of vertical bagmakers, producing a wide range of finished bag sizes from 150 to 600mm wide, in both intermittent and continuous motion variants. All GIC machines offer low-cost ownership, robustness, reliability and exceptional build quality.

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