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Views, commentaries, opinions and packaging industry updates from the world of Southgate.

Brexit

The New Brexit Deal Explained

In 2016 the UK voted to leave the EU, and in January of 2020 we officially left the trading block. It was, however, decided that things would remain the same until 31st December 2020, to allow time for a trade deal. On the 24th December 2020, after lengthy negotiations, a deal was agreed upon. What …

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edge protection

The Facts On… Edge Protection

When it comes to packaging there is often an emphasis on the quality of boxing and the choice of void fill to protect the inner packaging. However, the importance of ensuring the outer packaging is not damaged is often overlooked. Edge protection ensures that no part of the packaging process is compromised and enables your …

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Black Friday

Black Friday Sales

Black Friday has arrived at Southgate. Some of the products we will be featuring this year include strapping machines; shrink wrappers; friction weld tools and air pillow systems. Alongside this we have a plethora of ancillary items, with cutters starting from just £0.33. This year Southgate are offering up to 70% off a large range of products, check …

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Plastic Packaging Tax

Understanding the UK Plastic Packaging Tax

It has been confirmed that a UK Plastic Tax will take effect from April 2022. Why is a plastic tax being introduced? It is estimated that two million tonnes of plastic packaging is used each year. The UK is in the top five processors of plastic in Europe. A study in 2017 found that plastic …

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tenzalope

The Seal of Approval for Green Tenzalopes™

Over the past 5 years we have seen a surge of interest in eco-friendly alternatives to packaging products. With the new Plastic Packaging Tax coming into effect from April 2022, offering sustainable options is more important than ever. At Southgate we have established a ‘Green High Five’ criteria: Sustainable Recyclable Reusable Biodegradable Waste reductive Our …

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BP222

Plastic Free, Power Free, Hands Free – Meet the BP222

We are excited to announce the launch of the BP222, our new sleek and lightweight manual water activated tape dispenser. It is ideal for small and home offices, retail outlets and low-volume shipping environments. Water activated tape, also referred to as gummed paper tape, is fast becoming the most popular form of carton sealing.  Environmentally …

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Tape Dispenser

Which Tape Dispenser do I Need?

You know you need a hand-held tape dispenser but when you look at the different types available it can be confusing. Here’s a few features you may encounter and what their benefits are: Adjustable brake Tapes differ in how easily they release from the roll depending on factors such as the type of adhesive. The …

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steel strapping

The Facts on… Steel Strapping

Steel strapping is manufactured from zinc coated or black steel and is primarily used for heavy duty manual strapping applications, such as in the construction materials and timber industries. Mill wound strapping is oscillated uniformly across the width of the core to maximise the volume of strap that can be fitted on the core. While …

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LMT

Stay in Line with LMT Tapes at Southgate

Covid-19 has completely uprooted and changed life as we know it. With the government guidelines changing on almost a daily basis it is difficult to understand what we can, and cannot, do. We have gradually seen a growth in people returning to work after being in lock down since March. With this return to work …

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Primary, Secondary & Tertiary

The Facts on… The Three Types of Packaging

We frequently ask consumers:  What packaging do you use? The typical response: We do not use packaging; we only distribute pre-packaged products. Packaging is often mistakenly viewed as ‘the box my product arrived in’. It is, in fact, a multifaceted industry that deals with a range of packaging needs. Moreover, many are unaware that there …

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