We have choices in business, to either stay as we always have been or to adapt to a rapidly growing and changing economic and customer trend driven market place. This is the environment the team have become accustomed to operating in at Astrapak. They have rapidly adapted to the changing landscape and this reform bears witness to the flexibility, specifically at the manufacturing sites within the Group.
Part of the evolution of Pak2000 in Westmead, KwaZulu-Natal, is to venture into the Personal Care market. Hailing from a predominantly automotive background, Pak2000 is preparing for ISO22000 – an accreditation that is crucial for the manufacture of personal care products and one which is high on the company’s agenda.
Pak2000 General Manager, Ricky Alli, said: “The accreditation is critical for us to supply a multinational company with personal care products and it also affords us an opportunity to raise our overall standards, including to our automotive sector as well.”
In order to successfully achieve the Food Safety Management System accreditation, several steps were put into place. These included structural changes, such as alterations to the ablution facilities and canteen. The writing up of new procedures was also required, along with staff training for the new standards.
“All our staff are required to do the training,” said Mr Alli. “We did a re-induction and are training everybody in batches, which started early this year. The general staff training is ongoing plus there is specific training for auditing for Food Safety and Personal Care. The documentation required for Personal Care manufacturing has been implemented, now we are implanting the actual auditing that is required for various checks to be completed.”
The benefit of being ISO22000 accredited is that Pak2000 can manufacture and supply personal care products as well – a huge shift to the plant that has been solely manufacturing automotive plastic packaging products.
“Being ISO22000 accredited broadens our capabilities and also raises the bar in terms of the automotive standard that the industry has been working on. We will apply the same standards to the automotive part of our business as well,” said Mr Alli.
Pak2000 has invested in new staff and a great amount of staff training, as well as installing cameras and leak testers on all their machines in order to meet the stringent quality standards that are required for the Personal Care sector.
Pak2000 aims to achieve ISO22000 accreditation before April 2017.