National Flexible is the UK’s leading distributor of packaging films supplied for use on reel-fed automated packaging machinery including flow-wrap, VFFS, sachet, thermoform, tray-sealing and box over-wrap applications. Their factory was purpose built to be complaint with the latest BRC and ISO global standards for food-grade flexible packaging materials and is arguably the UK’s largest BOPP film conversion site.
Originally established in 1993 via a buy-out from the Charles Baynes group of companies, the business has gone from strength to strength building its customer base and growing through one main principle – adding value for their customers.
As the business has successfully evolved, so has their offering. In addition to a core market of plain OPP film conversion, they now supply an ever expanding range of films including high barrier/high performance laminates, bespoke films for specialist applications, and printed films using the very latest flexographic, gravure and digital printing techniques.
Their 20 year history has seen a number of landmark developments in the flexible packaging industry, they introduced the first chalk-based film in the UK through M&S, were the first to introduce a fully oxy-degradable laminate pack, the first in the world to use Kodak’s NX Flexcel printing technology end-to-end, integrated themselves with an in-house design service NXL Design, and offer specialist industry training to packaging professionals.
Some of the latest innovations in National Flexible’s growing portfolio include Packlinc – a breakthrough in printing and repro technology that allows for ‘invisible’ QR codes to be hidden in printed artwork. Able to be scanned by smartphone cameras it brings engagement with digital content directly to end-consumers via the medium of packaging. Offers, discounts, product information, video and any on-line content can be pushed through to consumers at the point of purchase. Other advances include ovenable films for convenience products, paper laminates with registered window areas for product visibility and easy-open/re-close features pre-applied to films, which eliminate the need for costly in-line applications.