PFF’s new line in PPE polythene aprons has presented us with an opportunity to strengthen supplier relations. Our Department of Health & Social Care contract led the business to source additional goods, materials and services that were needed for the new venture. National Flexible is a new supplier who we have welcomed on-board.
PFF’s aprons are output to rolls during the production process at our Washington site. Each roll is individually film-sealed, and we use a flow wrapping machine provided by another new supplier Redpack Packaging Machinery for this process.
National Flexible was nominated to provide PFF Health branded single web 35mic polypropylene film which is fed into the flow wrapper inside which each roll is wrapped, sealed and separated.
Carol Burdett, Commercial Director at National Flexible said: “Usually a laminate of different films would be used for this type of packing line due to the roll weight but we recommended a cost-effective single web polypropylene which has the added benefit of containing a reduced amount of polymer.”
Located in Bradford, National Flexible is the UK’s largest plain film slitting and printed film distributor. Lee Wilkinson, Group Supply Chain Manager at PFF had the job of sourcing new suppliers who were able to help us.
He said: “PFF started scanning for additional UK based suppliers back in March this year. Consistency, quality and reliability are essential credentials. We chose National Flexible because they have a good track record on these key attributes. And I was impressed with their professionalism and friendliness. In a digital age, it is still true to say that people like to buy from people they like.”
Carol added: “We are always delighted to work with another UK manufacturer and appreciated being approached by PFF. We were particularly pleased to be able to contribute to their new venture and one that will benefit frontline NHS workers.”