Clayton Park baking the most of its production lines with ULMA's Atlanta hi-tec packaging solutions

Jun 10, 2014
Award-winning Clayton Park Bakery, renowned for its range of high quality savouries, cakes and breads, turned to ULMA Packaging Ltd for the flexible, flowrapping equipment it required to cope with soaring demand for its morning goods and confectionery.

Clayton Park invested in two of ULMA Packaging’s Atlanta Hi-Tec horizontal flowrappers for its second purpose-built bakery at Accrington which is producing a variety of tasty food items including bread rolls, finger rolls, cakes and vanilla slices.


From wrapping loaves of bread to bagging pasties, flexibility, speed and presentation are key ingredients for bakers and many, like Clayton Park, are choosing ULMA’s equipment because it can safely wrap a whole range of different shaped products in any configuration, while at the same time maximising visibility on retailers’ shelves.


The Lancashire bakery, which is owned by James Hall & Co Ltd and counts Spar, Booths, Sandwich shops and Market stalls across the whole of east Lancashire and many of the region’s professional football clubs among its customer base, says it is set for a long term commitment to ULMA as a preferred supplier.


Clayton Park Bakery’s managing director, Barry Thomas, said: “Prior to obtaining the Atlanta flowrappers I went along to a couple of companies to actually see ULMA‘s machines in action. I was very impressed with what I saw and the ease of set up. We did look at various other options from previous equipment suppliers but the functionality of the Ulma equipment swayed us and the price was right as well.”


Bakers require machinery that is easy to operate and maintain. ULMA’s robust Atlanta flowrapper has a touch screen operation with multi-product memory which means that changeovers can be made quickly and simply at the press of a button. The machine also benefits from ‘no product - no bag’ and ‘misplaced product detection’ systems, as well as working with clear and printed film.


Equipment suppliers need to work closely with bakers to achieve the desired results of reliability, efficiency, ease of use and hygiene. Mr Thomas says all these boxes were ticked by ULMA, who provide “great service and excellent support” from its team of dedicated engineers located throughout the UK and Ireland.   


ULMA offers product handling and grouping to packaging, cartoning, boxing and crating, whether for small or medium-sized operations, or high volume production levels. In addition the company supplies fully integrated in-line systems for a wide range of products from oven to pallet.


As well as providing a fully flexible bespoke solution, pre-printed roll stock film can be used to make bags, which can subsequently be labelled and coded immediately prior to flowrapping. This facilitates labelling to flat film – avoiding uneven or wrinkled surfaces after wrapping thus enhancing the pack appearance.


Innovative flowrapping technology – backed up by complete spares and service support – offers the bakery industry equipment and fully integrated solutions that are highly productive and efficient to meet the growing demand from retailers for extended shelf life, great commercial visibility and speed to market.