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Locally made, more sustainable packaging!

 25th January 2024
News Admin, Sonatest

Locally made, more sustainable packaging!

We’ve improved our packaging sustainability and customer experience with bespoke boxes from Reedbut Group

Sonatest offer a comprehensive range of portable ultrasonic flaw detectors, providing unrivalled flexibility and high performance in the field of Non-Destructive Flaw Detection.

High-quality products need high-quality packaging, to keep them secure during transit and provide reliable storage when not in use. With these goals in mind as well as a desire to update their flaw detector packaging for more sustainability overall, Sonatest approached Reedbut Group.


A Milton Keynes-based packaging manufacturer

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Reedbut Group is one of the UK’s leading independent sheet plant manufacturers of sustainable bespoke packaging. They manufacture FSC® certified corrugated cardboard packaging for customers across a range of industries and sectors. They work with each customer from design concept through to production, offering support every step of the way to create the ideal branded box.

Sonatest were looking to buy local and directly from the manufacturer, cutting out the middleman and saving on costs. Being based in Milton Keynes made Reedbut Group the ideal choice for designing and developing the new packaging.


Secure and sustainable storage

There were several key objectives that the updated packaging needed to meet. The removal of plastic and foam packaging inserts was a high priority. The previous packaging for Sonatest’s flaw detectors contained two different sizes of foam inserts, designed to hold the different detector shapes. Because the old packaging utilised a regular 0201 case, the foam pieces were needed to protect the product parts during transit.

Sonatest also wanted to improve their customers’ experience, with simplified branded packaging that was easy to open, use, and store upon receipt.

Reedbut Group developed a new, more compact bespoke box which eliminated the need for the foam pieces. Each part of the flaw detector is now held in place by the corrugated interior sections of the box itself, saving Sonatest significant storage space in their warehouse compared to the bulky foam inserts.

The new packaging is easy to assemble, free of glue and tape, and fully recyclable. Printed with simple branded graphics inside and out, it offers a compact, sustainable solution to transporting and storing flaw detector products.


High-quality protective packaging for worldwide transit

Sonatest Warehouse and Logistics Manager Chris Dix says:

“As a company committed to sustainability, finding a packaging solution that is both environmentally friendly and safe for transportation was a top priority for us.

Reedbut not only delivered on this promise, but exceeded our expectations with a fully recyclable box that was also branded to our specifications. The attention to detail and quality of the box was impressive, and we felt confident in its ability to protect our products during transit around the world.

From the initial design phase to the final product, they worked closely with us to ensure we were fully satisfied with every aspect of the box. They were receptive to our feedback and offered innovative solutions to any challenges we encountered along the way.

Overall, we are extremely pleased with the partnership we have formed with Reedbut and look forward to working with them on future projects. We highly recommend Reedbut to any company looking for a sustainable, high-quality packaging solution."


Learn more about Reedbut Group and their innovative packaging designs by visiting their website


For further information or support, please contact the Sonatest Sales Team

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