We get to know you, your brand and design style, learn about your customers and how they are targeted. We get to know every small detail that relates to your new packaging design project.
We then scope out the project:
• Objectives. What would define a successful project?
• Specifications and requirements
• Sustainability objectives
• Testing requirements
• Production and assembly requirements
• Transportation, storage and handling requirements.
• End user satisfaction requirements.
Great projects are always the product of strong collaboration. We believe in an open communication format throughout our design process. During this step we work together to discover the functional and aesthetic design requirements. We collaborate on what design, materials and process will deliver the desired outcomes – high consumer engagement, higher sales, pilferage resistance, complete product protection or easy open packaging.
This is the step where our 4 decades of packaging experience, collaborative creative and strategic thinking work together to produce the information and ideas needed to conceptualise the best packaging solution.
Our design team is passionate about innovation, always customer-orientated and firmly grounded in practicality. Using our advanced 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) system enables rapid production of precise 3D concepts and photorealistic “to scale” concept drawings which are used to confirm the part’s visual and dimensional requirements.
At the Prototype phase in our design process, we thoroughly analyse the packaging concept to ensure complete form, fit and function. Modifications are easily made at this stage. We provide samples that give you a fast representation of the final part. Resin mould thermoformed samples are close to production quality and can be used for market testing, focus groups, validations and transportation testing.
Our in-house, state-of-the-art CNC department ensures swift turnarounds on production tools. Upon customer acceptance and sign-off of the prototype, our highly experience tool and die makers create the highest quality, most innovative and customised tooling available.
After precise machining, secondary finishing options, if required, are applied to ensure that the tool meets the client’s exact specifications. Upon completion the aluminium production tools are transferred to our production facilities in the UK & Poznan where after use they are carefully stored and maintained for optimal future performance.
The production process at Plastique is a smooth, fully monitored and tested production line of quality. From cleanroom thermoforming of sterile medical device packaging trays and clamshells to thermoforming packaging for some of the world’s most recognisable brands’, Plastique has blazed a path of innovation as one of Europe’s leading thin gauge thermoform packaging suppliers.
We have highly-advanced ILLIG, KIEFEL and IRWIN pressure thermoforming machinery with punch and die capability, all common between the manufacturing sites to underpin the Disaster Recovery Plan. Our manufacturing facilities operate within ISO and BRC/IOP systems.
What goes into the making of our packaging is as important as what comes out of the production line. Trying at all times to source locally, we use only the materials that will deliver the results our customers need. We create vacuum formed packaging for many different types of product, using a wide variety of materials and, wherever possible, recycled and recyclable options.
Our range of materials includes but is not limited to recycled HDPE, Polypropylene (PP), APET and APET/PE, PETG, which is both easily sterilised and suitable for welding, PET GAG, a multi-layer PET material, PVC, High Impact Polystyrene, crystal clear DPET, medical grade PET and natural and sustainable fibre. In line with our measures to reduce the impact of the materials used and our procedures on the environment, we continually look to redesign packaging so that it delivers equal or superior performance using fewer raw materials.