Box manufacturer Northern Paper Board has announced the installation of two new automated robots, which are expected to considerably increase production capacity.

Dutch and Belgian manufacturer C-Tech Machines, which specialises in robotics and automation systems, has supplied the new ABB robotic machines to Northern Paper to feed printers and folder gluers.

The contract covers design, manufacture, supply, installation and after-sales service.

An on-site server has also been installed by Northern Paper Board, which enables direct links with technical experts at C-Tech Machines.

Further, the UK-based company plans to invest £2.4m at its six-acre site in Engine Shed Lane, where it has already installed new die cutting, folder gluing and printing machinery, and an automated pallet-wrapping line, along with new-build production and warehousing.

With the new additions, the facility has expanded to 40,000ft².

During the current financial year, the company plans to invest another £600,000 into the business and will also commission a new automated stacking system for the palletisation line in November 2012.

The latest installation will enable the company to produce up to 150,000 boxes on a single day shift.

The product range of Northern Paper Board encompasses four-point glued lids and bases to six-point glued one-piece boxes, including PE-coated, uncoated and leak-proof boxes.

In the past three years, the company’s turnover has increased from £5.4m to £8.3m, and is set to rise again in the current financial year to an estimated £10m.