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Britvic thinks outside the box

01 March 2017

Leeds plant invests in temporary storage from Aganto as new production lines are installed.

With a portfolio encompassing some of the UK’s best loved and iconic soft drink brands, Britvic’s Head Office in Hemel Hempstead is the focal point of many factories across the world.

Indeed, a good number of factories are still in the UK, producing household brands such as Robinsons, Pepsi Max, R Whites and the old skool classic, Shandy Bass. One of Britvic’s manufacturing plants is based in Leeds where the site was undergoing significant investment with new production lines being installed, meaning the displacement of existing material storage areas and site expansion. Operations lead, Dave Stratford, knew that internally there was no more room for materials, so needed to think outside the box and the factory.

Dave wasn’t immediately aware of the concept of Aganto’s temporary building structures, but soon became impressed by their flexibility, cost and speed, explaining:

“The initial discussions we had internally described these storage solutions as ‘tents.’ It’s fair to say the word ‘tents’ is not an accurate description. The high quality of the units, coupled with the fantastic approach and high hygiene standards, offer us an alternative solution for material storage without compromising the quality of our products, or impacting our day-to-day running.”

Sales manager Ian Mackenzie worked closely with Dave and his team, resulting in Britvic choosing a bespoke solution for its existing site - meaning less disruption and less cost, but instant storage space - and a lot of it. Britvic’s expansion plans were so advanced they decided on three Aganto temporary buildings, adaptable for their needs and site size with a 10m x 20m x 4m non insulated warehouse for pallet storage, and a 12m x 30m x 4.2m insulated L-shaped structure with a 7.5m x 25m 4.2m pre-loading storage area for the end product.

Dave adds: “We now have high quality buildings that allow us to store packaging materials to ensure we maintain business as usual on our other production lines. The quality of the materials isn’t in doubt due the excellent insulation offered by the units. Aganto has transformed the dead space of our yard into essential operational space.

“I can’t recommend Aganto enough, from the pre-site visits and quotations through to the smooth handover of the units themselves, it would be a pleasure to offer further work to Aganto should the opportunity arise in the future.”

Indeed Aganto is currently preparing additional quotes for new storage units with Britvic.