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Spectra Packaging Solutions Ltd

Spectra Packaging Solutions Ltd


IP198RX Halesworth

Spectra is a leading independent manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for the toiletries, cosmetics and personal care markets.

We can produce a range of high-quality products, from versatile packaging in HDPE to glass-like containers in PET. We also offer a variety of closures that perfectly compliment our bottle ranges and can provide recycled plastic packaging in both HDPE and PET.

We boast a comprehensive range of off-the-shelf standard bottle and cap designs and can also provide a bespoke custom moulding and tooling service.

Our purpose built bespoke 17.4-acre production facility benefits from the very latest state-of-the-art machinery and technology. We have also invested in the very best staff too, all industry experts, fully aware and prepared for the demanding expectations of today’s biggest brands.

We can offer the complete packaging solution from initial conceptual design and development, through to the latest techniques in decorative finishing and colouring, all carried out in-house.

Spectra's in-house services include:

Extensive Range of Standard Packs
- Extrusion Blow Moulding
- Injection Stretch Blow Moulding
- Injection Moulded Caps and Closures

Custom Moulding Solutions
- Innovative designs
- Unique looking bespoke packaging
- Highly Skilled In-house design team

Design and Innovation
- Innovation
- Creativity
- Experience

Decoration and Finishing
- Silk screen printing
- Hot foil blocking for bottles and closures
- Braille printing
- High build print
- Anti-counterfeiting UV print
- 360 degree circumference bottle printing

Colour Matching
- Polymer Colouring
- Coloured Masterbatch
- Colour Matching
- Colour Effects

Environmentally Responsible Packaging
- Post Consumer Recycled
- Sugarcane based biopolymer packaging

Contact details:
Antonine Way Sparrowhawk Road
Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8RX
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1986 834190


Product news

  • Vote for Spectra’s PCR10 at Packaging Innovations

    Spectra’s PCR10 initiative has been selected as one of this year’s top ten innovation highlights at Packaging Innovations London.

    Selected by a panel of expert judges, the ten shortlisted innovations will be on display at the event where visitors will be able to vote for their chosen submission.

    Available to view on stand xx, the winner will be announced at the Keynote Theatre on the second day of the show.

    Joe Maynard, Managing Director at Spectra proudly commented, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and see it as recognition of Spectra’s ongoing efforts to provide innovative ways to help brands package their products responsibly”.

    He went on to say, “Often fresh thinking is required to make an environmental difference and the fact that we have decided to take the lead and remove the onus on brands with a mandatory opt-out scheme has proved an original concept appreciated by many of our customers”.

    Spectra’s PCR10 initiative has also been included in the “Driving The Circular Economy”category in this year’s Sustainability Awards to be held at Scanpack Gothenburg, Sweden in October.

  • Spectra set for busy London return

    Spectra will be making a return visit to London Olympia for this year’s prestigious Packaging Innovations show.

    Looking to build on a successful showing at last year’s London event, Spectra will be unveiling their impressive new exhibition stand, which made its debut in Birmingham in February.

    At this year’s show Spectra will be focusing on sustainability, with their main display illustrating the firms responsible ethos, as well as a choice of material alternatives designed to help brands move to more environmental ways to package their products.

    Spectra will be highlighting their new PCR10 initiative which has attracted widespread media coverage over recent months.

    The new mandatory environmental opt-out initiative will see 10% recycled plastics added to all future bottle manufacturing by the end of 2018 and is a bold move aimed at helping brands reduce virgin plastic content in their product packaging.

    Spectra’s Sales Director Jonathan Powell said, “We’re really looking forward to exhibiting in London again. The event will be an excellent platform to show visitors how serious Spectra are about the environment and the measures we take to minimise our impact as a responsible manufacturer of plastics”.

    He added, “The show will also grant us a perfect opportunity to discuss our PCR10 initiative and highlight the benefits it will provide for brands wishing to make an environmental difference”.

    As well as showcasing PCR10 and post-consumer recycled materials, Spectra will also be on hand to discuss other environmental alternatives, including sugarcane-based Biopolymer.

    Jonathan added, “With continued media exposure, sustainability and the impact of plastic is still high on the agenda and Spectra has made a concerted effort to ensure it remains so. In previous years we have focussed on innovative pack design, however, in the current climate, it is equally important to showcase innovative solutions for minimising the effects of plastics on the environment”.

  • Spectra to show versatile standard ranges in London

    Spectra will be showcasing a selection of their extensive standard ranges at Packaging Innovations this year.

    As more and more brands seek off-the-shelf solutions for their product packaging, Spectra has built an impressive collection to cater for most requirements.

    With over 250 standard designs available, with more regularly added, Spectra can provide the perfect alternative to custom moulding with a diverse choice of styles.

    Jonathan Powell, Sales Director at Spectra commented, “Our standards have been carefully cultivated to provide a breadth of shapes and sizes. Although we continually add new designs to our ranges, we are also constantly bolstering existing families of styles to give customers optimum versatility, hugely beneficial when custom tooling isn’t an option”.

    Available in HDPE, PET and environmentally friendly materials such as PCR and sugarcane-based biopolymer, Spectra’s standard packs come in an array of capacity options - from 30ml up to 500ml.

    A wide cross-section of styles will be on display at the London show, including various rounds, ovals and squares along with a number of distinctive miscellaneous designs. Grouped in complementary families in either HDPE or PET, the packs will be on open display for visitors to see at close range.

    All the standard bottles showcased will also include closures available from Spectra’s impressive injection moulded component collection.

    Amongst these will be the company’s latest addition, their new 24/410 disc top closure (Ref: 3033), a bore sealed cap available in single or dual colour options.

    Jonathan added, “Variety is a key factor for brands when looking at shapes, sizes and materials and our standard ranges easily satisfy these criteria”.

  • Look after your PET bottles in the heat

    As we bask in a gloriously hot summer, it’s worth taking into account the impact a rise in temperatures can have on PET bottles.

    To avoid potential distortion and shrinkage, there are a number of things to consider when transporting and storing PET bottles during hot weather conditions or in warm environments.

    For example, temperatures of over 30°C can start to affect the walls of the container, causing stress, which can distortion and shrinkage, even if the bottle is packed in a box.

    Spectra’s Technical Director, Christopher Bridges cautioned, “Polyethylene terephthalate behaves differently in certain conditions to other polymers such as High-density polyethylene (HDPE). Although the material boasts a number of fantastic benefits, such as it’s excellent clarity, barrier characteristics and recyclability, it has to be handled with care during rises in ambient temperature”

    Indeed, there have been occurrences where PET bottles have been boxed and stored under metal roofs where there is minimal airspace, causing significant shrinkage in a matter of hours.

    Christopher said, “Transporting PET in raised temperatures has its hazards too, however, there are simple actions that can be taken to help eliminate potential problems. These can include delivering direct without too many unnecessary delays and using trailers that are adequately ventilated”.

    He added, “Once you’ve transported your PET its important to store your bottles with care in order to minimise further risks. For instance, we would always recommend that pallets are not left in direct sunlight when they are being loaded or unloaded and would advise pallets are stored away from any heat sources, windows or skylights”.

    If customers are concerned about how to store their packaging or need further advice, our expert team are on hand to offer the best advice if needed on 01986 834190.


  • Spectra pioneer packaging with a purpose

    Spectra has been developing a range of offerings designed at giving brands packaging with a purpose as part of our social responsibility initiatives.

    Whether it’s adapting to differing applications, enhancing ease of use or simply adding value to customers product, Spectra continue to develop new ways to provide ground-breaking and meaningful objectives to solve consumer needs.

    Spectra recently introduced Illuminate, a ground-breaking print finish that is perfect for brands seeking an anti-counterfeiting packaging solution.

    Illuminate is a clever print offering that glows brightly under ultraviolet light, yet isn't easily visible under normal lighting conditions, providing reassurance against today’s sophisticated product counterfeiters.

    Product counterfeiting can not only damage a brand's reputation, it can also create health risks to consumers because fake products are not subject to the same stringent testing that genuine products undertake before they are allowed onto the market.

    As well as Illuminate, Spectra has also introduced Touch, a tactile print solution that gives brands the opportunity to add Braille to their packaging.

    Dots can be printed directly onto the surface of the bottle using extremely accurate control measures, which means the height of the Braille alphabet remains consistent throughout the packaging run without the need for custom tooling.

    As well as benefiting blind and visually impaired consumers, Touch provides a embossed finish that can be used to highlight specific design features.

    Jonathan Powell Sales Director at Spectra said, “We firmly believe packaging should not only look great, it should also make a difference to the end-user. These two ground-breaking offerings provide solutions that can make a difference with social responsibility in mind”.


  • Josh Wood Colour choose Spectra’s Roma pack

    Spectra has recently produced new packs for leading hair colour specialist Josh Wood.

    The new Josh Wood Colour Renewing Shampoo and Shade Refreshing Conditioner products, both in 250ml capacity sizes, take advantage of Spectra’s popular Roma design.

    Alex Beveridge Field Sales Representative at Spectra said, “Our Roma design is proving to be an incredibly versatile option for brands seeking an understated stylish look”.

    He added, “With its distinctive angled shoulder profile and strong lines, the Roma provides an ideal design for customers wishing to complement their product offerings with a touch of subtle sophistication”.

    Launched in February 2018 by Josh Wood, regarded as the world’s top colour expert, the Josh Wood Colour system has been formulated to provide the ultimate contemporary home hair colour system with a number of products including permanent colouring products, root concealers, shampoo, conditioner and shade shots.

    Lisa Wood, Purchasing Manager at Acheson & Acheson said, “Spectra has supplied Josh Wood Colour with stylish packaging that works harmoniously with their shampoo and conditioner products. We are all very happy with the results”.

    Spectra’s extensive Roma ranges are available in a number of capacity sizes including 50ml (Ref: 1105), 100ml (Ref: 1070), 200ml (Ref: 1084), 250ml (Ref: 1086) and 300ml (Ref: 1017),


  • Need a versatile oval? See Spectra's Lazio range

    When it comes to breadth of choice, Spectra prides itself on a standard range that’s been developed to offer genuine variety.

    Over the last 10 years, we have crafted a comprehensive collection of off-the-shelf designs aimed at giving customers the versatility they need for their packaging.

    Ideal when custom tooling isn’t always an option, our standards can still offer brands the opportunity to achieve that all-important bespoke look to stand out from the crowd.

    With over 250 designs on offer, our standard ranges include a variety of shapes including numerous rounds, several squares and an extensive choice of ovals.

    When seeking an ergonomic solution many customers opt for an oval-shaped container and Spectra can satisfy that need with an extensive choice of over 20 different distinctive oval designs available in both HDPE & PET in 50ml to 500ml capacity options.

    The Lazio Oval

    One such design is Spectra’s Lazio Oval Range, a versatile container that boasts an understated sophistication, perfect for a host of product applications.

    Available in both HDPE and PET with differing neck options, The Lazio’s stylish simplicity is ideal for brands wishing to make a refined statement with their product packaging.

    Jonathan Powell, Sales Director at Spectra said, “As well as developing standard designs that cater for a range of sectors, we also strive to offer designs in a number of capacity options too. This is really useful for customers who have various ranges of products and want continuity across their product packaging. Spectra firmly believe it is vital to provide flexibility and choice”.

    The Lazio can accommodate a wide choice of Spectra closures and is available in a variety of sizes, including 100ml (Ref: 6087), 150ml (Ref: 6020), 200ml (Ref: 6011) and 400ml (Ref: 6059) in HDPE and 150ml (Ref: 1094) and 200ml (Ref: 1047) in PET.


  • Custom or standard? Keune look to Spectra for both

    Keune Haircosmetics recently tasked Spectra with providing new packaging for their latest male hair care ranges.

    The new 1922 by J.M.Keune range takes advantage of Spectra’s custom tooling expertise with a stylish 250ml pack created for their Essential Shampoo and Essential Conditioner products.

    With its distinctive shoulder profile, this sophisticated new round design perfectly illustrates Spectra’s bespoke tooling capabilities.

    To complement the new 250ml bespoke pack, a 50ml Roma (Ref: 1105) bottle was proposed for the Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Essential Conditioner. The Roma is just one of many standard shapes available from Spectra’s extensive range of off-the-shelf designs.

    According to Gary Allard, Export Sales Representative at Spectra, the two new packs illustrate how off-the-shelf containers can work in harmony with tailored designs, whatever the product range.

    He said, “The versatility of Spectra’s standard ranges and the innovative expertise our custom tooling provision means brands can benefit from a truly flexible solution for their product packaging”

    Moulded in glass-like PET and exact colour matched by Spectra, the two new packs join a number of other products in the 1922 by J.M. Keune range. The extensive collection includes a fortifying lotion, a styling paste, a shaping wax, a clay, a pomade and a styling gel as well as shaving cream, beard balm and beard oil.

    Founded by Jan Keune in Amsterdam in 1922, Keune Haircosmetics is a family run business supplying hair stylists and professionals in more than 70 different countries.

    Jos Paus, Purchasing Manager at Keune Haircosmetics commented, “Spectra have successfully given us two stylish new packs that enhance our exciting new range perfectly”.

    The 50ml Roma is one of many off-the-shelf designs available from Spectra’s extensive standard ranges and is also available in 100ml (Ref: 1070), 200ml (Ref: 1084), 250ml (Ref: 1086) and 300ml (Ref: 1017) capacity options in PET.


  • Spectra provides new bottles for Jack Body Wash from Richard E. Grant

    Spectra Packaging recently provided new packs for actor Richard E Grant’s Jack Perfume range.

    The recently launched Jack Body Wash utilises the popular 500ml Flat Based Boston Round (Ref: 1032) design in PET from Spectra’s extensive range of standards.

    Best known for a number of film and TV acting roles, including Withnail and I, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Game of Thrones, the award winning actor unveiled the Jack Perfume brand in 2014 after a lifelong ambition to launch his own scent.

    With an exclusivity agreement with high end retailer Liberty secured, the British made Jack Range of products also includes unisex fragrances, perfumes and candles.

    Alex Beveridge, Field Sales Representative at Spectra said, “The timeless simplicity of our flat based Boston round ideally suits Jack’s new body wash. The glass-like clarity of our PET also complements the understated sophistication of the Jack Brand perfectly. It’s a great combination”.

    Spectra’s huge range of Boston Round designs are available in both PET and HDPE, with capacity options ranging from 50ml up to 500ml. The range includes Standard Boston shapes as well as Tall Boston and Flat Based options with differing neck variants to offer added flexibility.


  • Spectra to reveal new heights in innovative packaging in London

    Spectra will be premiering a new range of pack designs at Packaging Innovations London designed to take products to another level.

    Presenting a collection of prototypes aimed at taking packaging to new heights, The Skyline Range is the brainchild of Spectra’s skilled in-house product designers.

    Cleverly using international skyscraper landmarks such as London’s Gherkin, New York’s One World and Tokyo's Cocoon Tower as inspiration, the firm’s creative team have yet again produced genuine originality according to Managing Director, Joe Maynard.

    He said, “We’re continually amazed at what our designers come up with for our show appearances. These new concepts are undeniably ambitious and illustrate how ground-breaking ideas come naturally at Spectra. If brands need to make a statement with their packaging, then these packs will definitely make their products stand tall”.

    The Skyline Range will take pride of place in Spectra’s central innovation display, a feature that always attracts interest on their stand. Joe Maynard believes the new design prototypes provide a dual purpose for the company.

    He commented, “Sometimes brands need creative inspiration for their packaging and our pack concepts enable them the chance to see what can be achieved with imagination and skilled custom tooling”.

    Come and see Spectra’s Skyline Range on stand D22.


  • BetterYou turn to Spectra Packaging for a solution

    BetterYou recently tasked Spectra with creating news packs for their MagnesiumOil Spray products.

    The new bottles, based on Spectra's popular Tubular design (Ref: 6022), were adapted and tooled to accept tamper evident spray pumps.

    Alex Beveridge, Field Sales Representative at Spectra said, “BetterYou approached us wanting an outcome specific to their requirements. Having chosen our 100ml Tubular, our in-house tooling department then tooled a new neck to accommodate the desired spray pump”.

    He went on to add, “The key for us is to ensure we deliver solutions tailored to our customer’s requests, this project perfectly illustrates our desire to do that”.

    Spectra’s extensive standard ranges have been developed to accommodate a number of neck variants in order to provide an almost limitless choice straight off the shelf.

    Whilst the company can provide a huge range of extrusion or injection moulded packs with a wide number of neck finishes, Spectra’s in-house tooling experts can often custom tool necks to suit a specific customer requirement.

    The 100ml packs, made in HDPE, consist of five products, including Original, Recovery, Joint, Sensitive and Goodnight and are part of the extensive BetterYou transdermal magnesium product offering.

    The award-winning British natural health brand’s transdermal magnesium range is a simple and effective way of increasing magnesium levels. Applied directly to the skin this pure form of magnesium chloride is quickly absorbed into the blood vessels and muscle beneath

    Rebecca Thompson, Procurement and Production Manager at BetterYou commented ”Spectra’s help, advice and cooperation ensured we had the packs we wanted. We are very happy with the outcome”.


  • Spectra expand cap range with new disc top closure

    Spectra Packaging has added a new disc top closure to their extensive range of injection-moulded offerings.

    Perfect for a range of personal care applications such as body creams, lotions, shampoos, and soaps, the new 24/410 disc top closure (Ref: 3033) is bore sealed for optimum performance and reliability.

    Jonathan Powell, Sales Director at Spectra said, “This stylish new closure provides an easy, one-handed dispensing solution for a range of applications. Furthermore, we can provide it in minimum order quantities, which offers genuine flexibility for customers seeking a complete packaging solution”.

    Spectra’s latest closure solution can be provided in single colour or mix and match bi-coloured body and disc options for a truly bespoke look. Designed to fit a variety of bottles within our comprehensive off-the-shelf standards, this new cap joins our other disc top, the distinctive flared disc-top (Ref: 3026).

    Over recent years we have cultivated an impressive range of standard closures that include double walled caps, shallow caps, tall radiused closures, flip-top caps, snap-on closures and overcaps – all available in a number of standard neck sizes.

    Jonathan added, “We strive to develop new standard components to give customers maximum versatility for their products. There are a number of benefits in taking one of our caps when choosing a Spectra bottle” as he went on to explain.

    “Using a single source supplier for both bottle and cap provides real peace of mind. Our caps have been developed and tested to offer genuine reliability. What’s more, a single source fully synchronized delivery commitment provides a stress-free, under-one-roof service as opposed to using two manufacturers with potentially differing lead-times”.

    To see Spectra’s closure and bottle ranges or to request a sample, visit http://www.spectra-packaging.co.uk/standard-range , call 01986 834190 or email sales@spectra-packaging.co.uk


  • Spectra to highlight creativity at Packaging Innovations

    Spectra will be appearing again at next month’s Packaging Innovations London show, with the UK based rigid plastic manufacturer premiering a number of exciting innovative developments.

    As with previous appearances, Spectra will be showcasing prototype pack designs specifically aimed at giving brands a truly innovative packaging solution.

    Jonathan Powell, Spectra’s Sales Director said, “This show is an ideal platform for us to illustrate our creativity. Our aim has always been to mirror the shows name by premiering genuine packaging innovations. Our creative team have yet again produced a number of eye-catching designs which are sure to provide a real talking point at the show”.

    As well as revealing new pack designs, Spectra will also be showcasing new closure solutions, including their new 24/410 disc-top as well as their latest closure top foil blocking service.

    Additionally, the Spectra team will be on hand to discuss and show their extensive standard ranges as well as custom tooled packs, decoration and colouring examples and environmental packaging solutions in PCR and biopolymer.

    Spectra can be found on stand D22.


  • Spectra strengthen sales team

    Spectra have recently welcomed Dan Smith to their busy sales department.

    Appointed as a Field Sales Representative, Dan has been drafted in to further strengthen the company’s energetic sales force.

    With 4 years experience in technical sales within the rigid plastics packaging industry, Dan will be looking after a number of Spectra accounts in the UK. His addition perfectly illustrates the company’s serious growth initiatives according to Spectra’s Sales Director Jonathan Powell.

    He said, "Spectra’s success is built on ensuring we have the strongest people on our team, the addition of new skilled personnel invigorates the company and helps keeps us fresh. We have enjoyed continual staff growth within all departments and Dan’s industry experience will prove invaluable to the company, we are delighted to have him on board”.

    As well as spending time visiting customers, Dan will be working in Spectra’s busy sales department, identifying and growing new prospects as well as ensuring customers are aware of new Spectra products and services.

    Dan can be contacted on +44 (0)1986 834190 or dan.smith@spectra-packaging.co.uk


  • Spectra launch hot foil blocking for closure tops

    Spectra have added foil blocking for the tops of closures to their extensive decoration capabilities.

    The new print service follows a succession of innovative decoration provisions and is sure to prove popular with customers looking for a premium look appearance for their Spectra closures.

    Working to fine tolerances and intricate designs with pin-sharp results, Spectra’s latest print offering was exclusively unveiled at Packaging Innovations Birmingham earlier this month to keen visitor interest.

    Joe Maynard, Managing Director at Spectra said, “Our expert in-house decoration department has yet again produced an outstanding decorative offering that will complement a wide range of closures. I’m confident that it will prove as popular as our stylish peripheral circumference cap blocking capability”.

    Available in silver, gold or a multitude of foil colours to suit, this latest decoration technology will provide a real touch of class and work harmoniously alongside some of Spectra’s other more recent innovative bottle print finishes such as their Touch high build, Chameleon colour changing effect and Illuminate UV inks.

    Joe added, “Our creative team continue to push the boundaries with decoration finishing and are constantly looking to develop new ideas that will add real value to our customer’s packaging. The technical challenges they faced with hot foil stamping fine designs onto closure tops were, as usual, overcome with aplomb - the results are stunning, to say the least. The chance to add a logo or brand the top of the closure with foil stamping opens up a host of opportunities for customers”.

    For more information on Spectra’s new closure foil blocking, call 01986 834190 and request a sample.


  • Spectra's PCD Paris show proves highly successful

    Spectra Packaging can report a highly successful appearance at PCD Paris last month.

    It was Spectra’s first showing at the influential European trade show with early indications suggesting impressive enquiry figures and significant visitor interest.

    Gary Allard, who heads up Spectra’s export team and attended the event commented, “Spectra has made massive inroads into the European market over recent years and PCD proved an excellent platform for us to introduce our latest projects and standard ranges. The French market continues to grow for Spectra and the feedback we received at the show was hugely encouraging”.

    Staged at a new venue for this year, PCD drew experts from leading cosmetics brands across Europe and beyond. The show has rapidly established itself as a key event in the international cosmetics packaging calendar, something that impressed Spectra.

    Gary went on to say, “PCD gave us an excellent opportunity to meet with a number of new contacts. The show’s market focus on cosmetics and personal care proved a perfect for Spectra, it meant we were well placed to reach out to a new audience and show what we can do”.

    On the back of last year’s impressive export figures, which grew in excess of 50%, Spectra continues to view Europe as a key growth area for the coming year, despite continued uncertainty surrounding the UK’s decision to exit the European single market. Building on past show appearances in Germany and The Netherlands, Spectra sees France, with its vibrant personal care market, as a hugely exciting opportunity.

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  • Spectra creates elegant new packs for Highgrove

    Spectra have recently produced refined new bottles for the Highgrove Signature Range.

    The two new packs are moulded in a sophisticated frosted PET and take advantage of designs from Spectra’s extensive off-the-shelf standard ranges.

    Spectra also colour matched the two packs in the Highgrove trademark pale jade, which complements the frosted polymer to great effect.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra commented, “Our task was to ensure the new bottles not only met the high standards set by our customer, that they also sat harmoniously within their existing range of products, we believe we’ve met the brief with flying colours”.

    Inspired by The Royal Gardens at Highgrove, the Signature Collection is a luxurious range of products exclusively developed by organic beauty pioneer Daniel Galvin Jr and acclaimed aromatherapist Alexandra Soveral.

    The Highgrove Shower Gel uses Spectra’s 300ml Short Square (Ref: 1039), whilst their 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash features Spectra’s 200ml Tubular (Ref: 1016) and 24/410 Flip-top cap (Ref: 3017).

    Utilising essential oils and skin-nurturing ingredients such as cocoa butter and Aloe Vera, the Highgrove Signature Collection includes luxurious products aimed at pampering the body and calming the mind.

    A donation from the sale of each Highgrove Signature item is given to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.

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  • Paris set to welcome Spectra for the first time

    Spectra are busy preparing for their debut show appearance in France later this month.

    Having successfully exhibited at other European shows, Spectra will be looking to strengthen their French presence with an appearance at PCD (Packaging of Perfume Cosmetics Design) Paris on January 18th and 19th.

    Sales Director, Jonathan Powell, sees Spectra's showing as further evidence of the firm's continued overseas growth.

    He commented, “We have enjoyed genuine interest at previous European shows and the opportunity to premier our latest products and services in Paris is hugely exciting for the company. France has an extremely vibrant personal care market and is proving very important to us”.

    PCD Paris is a well established, prestigious packaging show, that brings together experts from leading international cosmetics brands and key packaging suppliers in the industry.

    With over 6.500 brand experts from around 70 countries, over 90 speakers and more than 420 exhibitors and leading international packaging suppliers, the event has become a key show within the cosmetics packaging industry.

    Located at a new venue this year, PCD will be welcoming nearly 100 new exhibitors as the event continues to grow, something Jonathan Powell sees as a key factor in Spectra's decision to exhibit.

    He added, “Spectra are looking to build on the great work our export team have achieved over the past twelve months. We have enjoyed attending this particular show in the past, however, exhibiting gives us a real chance to engage with visitors and show what Spectra is all about”.

    PCD (Packaging of Perfume Cosmetics Design) Paris is staged at Porte de Versailles, Paris on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th January 2017. Spectra can be located on Stand No. A43.

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  • Spectra give 72 Hair the complete packaging solution

    Spectra have recently completed stylish new hair care packs for 72 Hair.

    The five new packs utilise three designs from Spectra’s extensive range of standard HDPE Tubulars.

    72 Hair’s Nourishing Shampoo, Intense Moisture Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner take advantage of Spectra’s sleek 250ml Slim Tubular design (Ref: 6060).

    Additionally, the Blow Dry Cream uses Spectra’s popular 150ml Tubular (Ref: 6006) which includes a Non-Aerosol Overcap (Ref: 3000).

    The range was completed with Spectra’s stylish 75ml Tubular (Ref: 6038) with additional Non-Aerosol Overcap (Ref: 3009)

    For 72 Hair’s Repairing Oil, Spectra’s 75ml Tubular (Ref: 6038) with additional Non-Aerosol Overcap (Ref: 3009) was prescribed.

    For this product, Spectra recommended the use of polypropylene which benefits from excellent resistance to alkalis and acids, ideal for the products with oil based contents.

    As well as providing containers and overcaps, Spectra also colour matched and decorated the new containers, adding a soft touch to the outer of the packs for a stylish silky tactile feel.

    Alex Beveridge, Field Sales Representative at Spectra commented, “This particular project perfectly illustrates how Spectra can handle a complete packaging brief - from the supply of containers through to colouring finishing and decoration, all to great effect”.

    72 Hair is a family run business that boasts a growing product range, all made in the UK, including shampoos, conditioners, gels and creams. The company use premium ingredients, such as Avocado Oil, Collagen and Hydrolyzed Silk for beautiful salon results every time.

    Johnny Dionisi, Joint Owner at 72 Hair commented, “Spectra has given us packaging that enhances our products and brand. They were always quick to prescribe solutions, keen to assist at every stage with samples, suggestions and recommendations. We are thrilled with the end results”

    #72Hair, #plasticpackaging, #spectrapack, #spectrapackaging, #haircare


  • Spectra appoint new Marketing Coordinator

    Spectra Packaging has recently appointed Mark Kingston as their new Marketing Coordinator.

    Mark has been recruited to head up the company's marketing activities including designing and implementing a number of Spectra's other promotional objectives, including printed collateral, press releases, show events and on-line marketing.

    Before joining Spectra, Mark previously worked as a creative graphic designer with over 25 years experience working within a diverse range of market sectors, including extensive knowledge of the packaging industry. His skills include graphic design, brand development, product photography, copywriting and exhibition stand concepts.

    Spectra's Sales Director Jonathan Powell commented, "Having Mark in our team will help take the company's marketing to another level. His experience in the industry will be a huge bonus for Spectra, his design skills will ensure the firm continues to produce cohesive, creative and thought-provoking marketing messages in print, on-line and at exhibitions".

    Mark's previous experience in the design industry has included a number of positions, including roles as an Art Director for an advertising agency as well as the owner of a small design and marketing agency for over 15 years.

    Jonathan went on to add, "Although Spectra is still a relatively young company, established less than 10 years ago, we are blessed with a number of employees who have many years of experience and expertise. We are convinced Mark's marketing and design expertise will prove invaluable to Spectra's continued growth".


  • Spectra creates new packs for Forest of Lapland

    Spectra Packaging recently provided new containers for Forest of Lapland’s Davvi range of aftershave products.

    The new pack features Spectra’s stylish Eclipse design in PET, colour matched in a striking trans-green finish to accentuate their customers strong distinctive branding.

    The new container was also provided with a natural finish spigot plug and finished off with Spectra’s contemporary looking tall radiused cap, metallised in silver to offer a premium look.

    The new 100ml Aftershave Eau de Toilette product, which is formulated to calm the skin and prevent inflammation and redness, is available throughout Finland as well as Forest of Lapland’s on-line store. There are also plans to launch the product in Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Germany in the near future.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra commented, “The new Davvi pack showcases our Eclipse design perfectly. Available in a range of sizes, this particular range has become extremely popular with customers looking for a distinctive tactile oval container. Although the Davvi product utilizes our 100ml design, this versatile all rounder is also available in a number of capacity options - from 50ml, right up to 400ml sizes”.

    The Davvi range of natural products refine extracts from Lapland's trees, berries and plants and are used in a number of cosmetic products as well as pharmacology and nutritional supplement applications. The extraction process they use doesn’t require the use of any chemicals, with all active ingredients coming from Lapland and Finland, a world-known source for natural products where berries and plants are mostly collected in their natural state.

    Antti Kuivalainen from Forest of Lapland said, “Spectra’s desire for excellence and acute eye for detail has provided us with packaging that beautifully compliments our other popular product lines, we are delighted with the results”.


  • Childs Farm turn to Spectra for product packs

    Childs Farm has recently turned to Spectra Packaging for new bottles for their award winning hair and skincare range for babies and children.

    The new 150ml packs are the latest containers from Spectra and follow previous bottles from our extensive range of standard offerings.

    Moulded in PET, the new containers are designed to sit harmoniously alongside Childs Farm’s other products, which also include 50ml and 250ml HDPE Tubulars from Spectra Packaging.

    Childs Farm uses natural ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils to produce a range of mild, kind and delicious-smelling toiletries that care for the hair and skin of newborns, babies and children.

    Joanna Jensen, who founded Childs Farm commented, “We are one of very few baby and child ranges that undergo clinical and controlled user trials. These certify that our products are dermatologically tested and approved, and paediatrician approved, as suitable for newborns and children with sensitive and eczema-prone skin”.

    She went on to say, “The Childs Farm range smells so delicious and looks so fun in the bathroom that every child will want to use it. Its natural ingredients are gentle yet super-effective at doing their job of cleaning and moisturising. This means that families no longer have to buy different toiletries to care for the different skin needs of their children, and that little ones with sensitive or eczema-prone skin will never again be left out of bath time fun with their siblings and friends”.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra, said, “We have worked closely with Childs Farm over the past two years and we are delighted to have been asked to supply these latest bottles. We look forward to building a strong continuing relationship as their product range continues to flourish”.


  • New True Grace packs highlight Spectra's decoration skills

    Spectra Packaging has recently created beautifully decorated new packs for True Grace's range of True Being personal care products.

    The new containers, moulded in a tactile soft touch HDPE, feature 300ml and 50ml Tubular designs from Spectra's extensive standard product range.

    The new offerings also highlight a combination of Spectra's innovative decoration skills.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra said, "True Grace were seeking a stylish solution for their new packs and this project gave us the opportunity to show how a number of our decoration services, when combined, can produce stunning results".

    For example, True Grace took full advantage of our innovative 360 degree seamless print capability, printing a stylish repeat pattern that wraps around the circumference of the bottle. To ensure a beautiful contrast on the soft touch matt surface, the pattern was printed with a gloss finish.

    This was then cleverly finished with stylish gold foil blocking which appears to overlap the other printed elements on the bottle. In the past this has proved to be a technically challenging procedure that requires pin point registration accuracy, however, Spectra’s skilled decoration department have developed an innovative way in which this can be achieved.

    Gary went on to add, "True Grace were looking for a premium feel befitting of their products. By combining these different print technologies we have illustrated perfectly how you can achieve a luxurious looking outcome with decoration alone".

    The new products, which were recently launched in the UK, are True Grace's latest True Being range of washes, lotions, shampoos and conditioners.

    Roger Biles from True Grace remarked, "Spectra pulled out all the stops to ensure our latest product packs exuded a premium feel. Their dogged determination to overcome conventionally difficult procedures proves that they are a genuine innovative packaging supplier".


  • Spectra's new packs for label.m premiered during London Collections: Men

    Spectra Packaging was recently tasked with providing a new pack design for label.men – the new seven piece range of ‘modern classics’ from label.m Professional Haircare.

    Having been previewed for the first time during London Collections: Men shows AW’15, the new label.men Thickening Tonic, takes advantage of Spectra’s popular 150ml Short Square shape - one of the many designs from our extensive collection of ‘off-the-shelf’ standards.

    The new packs were custom colour-matched by Spectra, in a sophisticated dark blue and include an elegant matt varnish that adds contrast to the pack’s gloss surface. The packs were then completed with 3-pass screen-printing. However, this in itself threw up a challenge for Spectra's in-house decoration team, as Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra explained:-

    "The new label.m pack required a bright yellow design printed directly onto the bottle’s dark blue surface. This can sometimes be a difficult procedure, simply because of the translucent nature of the yellow ink. Printing light colours directly onto a dark surface can sometimes alter how the lighter colour appears and often this can only be rectified by using an extra under laying colour such as white. However, after in-house testing and adjustments, our skilled decoration team were able to maintain label.m's desired dense vibrancy without the need for an extra colour”.

    label.m is the Official Haircare Product of London Fashion Week and Spectra were able to deliver this pack in time for the launch of its new label.men range – targeting a more spirited, urban-oriented male client which officially went on sale this week 16th March 2015.


  • Spectra create beautiful new packaging for Joules

    British lifestyle brand Joules recently turned to Spectra Packaging for stylish new bottles for their latest range of hand lotions, body lotions, body washes and hand wash products.

    The new packaging make use of Spectra’s popular Flat Base Boston Round with 12 different designs produced. The stylish new bottles were also printed in four passes with the inks custom coloured to look like Joules’s existing range of home fragrance.

    However, this wasn’t as straightforward as one would think according to Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra.

    “Joules have very specific bespoke colour combinations which have to be strictly adhered to. Colour is extremely important to their brand, which is why replicating transfers on glass with 4 pass silk screen printing on flexible plastic is hugely challenging. That said, after much testing and fine tuning we were able to achieve the desired look whilst maintaining highly accurate degrees of registration which was another key consideration”.

    Another challenge for Spectra was to ensure print on the back of the bottles could be seen through the clear product contents on some of the packs, aligning with the print on the front to reveal the finished design.

    Joules are one of Britain’s best-loved family lifestyle brands with a well -established range of quality clothing, accessories and homeware. The company has developed a lasting relationship with Spectra who have also worked on a number of other projects, including their popular children’s gift ranges.

    Andrea Yorston, Home, Outdoor and Lifestyle Senior Buyer at Joules remarked, “Spectra’s professional desire to overcome technically difficult projects is testament to their innovative thinking. Joules has extremely exacting standards and Spectra have overcome a challenging project to produce an outcome that reflects our quality products perfectly”.


  • Spectra creates new packs for Tesco

    Spectra Packaging have created new packs for Tesco's popular own brand personal care products.

    We have recently produced new flip top oval containers for Tesco's own brand products. These include 9 haircare and 6 bodycare packs for the leading supermarket's everyday personal care ranges.

    The new containers, moulded in HDPE, feature Spectra's stylish Broadway Oval designs, an ideal easy grip shape for shower and bathroom applications. The bottles were also custom colour matched, utilising Spectra's polymer colouring expertise.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra commented, "Tesco's own brand products offer an excellent alternative to known brand items for customers seeking value with quality. Our aim was to provide packs that complimented these ranges by adding a stylish shape that would help entice Tesco customers. We feel our Broadway range fits the bill perfectly".

    Spectra's extensive collection of Broadway Ovals is available in a number of capacities in both HDPE and PET materials. The distinctive oval packs, which have a standard snap neck, also feature the Small Joy closure system from Aptar.

    The popular Broadway range has recently expanded with the addition of three stylish new PET Tottle versions in 200ml, 250ml and 300ml capacities, all available with Aptar snap-on closures.

    Gary went on to add, "Over the years, Spectra have proudly developed an extensive portfolio of standards, specifically aimed at providing customers such as Tesco, with cohesive ranges in differing capacity options. We've found that customers enjoy the flexibility our "off the shelf" ranges of containers can offer. By continually growing our standard collections, we can accommodate customers who produce product ranges in various sizes".


  • Spectra create new packs for Duchy Originals range

    Spectra Packaging has recently created new packs for Duchy as part of their exclusive range of products sold through Waitrose.

    The new range, which was launched to coincide with the birth of Prince George, features Spectra's popular Flat Based Boston Round design.

    The new packs have been created for Duchy Originals baby wash and baby lotions and have been moulded in PET. Spectra also used their unique frosted etched effect finish to add a premium look and feel for the new bottles.

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra remarked, "We're delighted to have produced packs for this exclusive range of products. Our team were keen to add something extra to the finished pack and our clever etched frosting techniques certainly give products that "icing on the cake" finish".

    Traditionally, etched frosting is achieved using a pearling process, however this doesn't actually affect the feel of the surface and can often produce a milky appearance. However, Spectra have developed a unique way of creating the effect during the moulding process, which actually disrupts the surface of the bottle resulting in a genuine glass-like frosted etched feel. This effective finish can be replicated on all of our standard PET containers.

    Duchy Originals, whose products are exclusively sold by Waitrose, was originally set up by HRH The Prince of Wales and named after the Duchy of Cornwall estates. The brand also donates sizeable royalties to the Prince's Charities Foundation.

    Tom Allsworth MD at Medichem, the exclusive manufacturers of Duchy Originals personal care range, commented, "Spectra's innovative enthusiasm has resulted in a premium outcome for our range of products. They have produced quality packaging for us in the past and have done it again on this occasion - we're extremely pleased with the results".


  • Spectra offer a creative solution for DGJ's hair and bodywash products

    Innovative rigid plastics firm Spectra Packaging recently helped Medichem achieve a twin-pack solution for their DGJ Organics Kids Top to Toe 3 in 1 conditioner, shampoo and body wash.

    The Suffolk based packaging company was tasked with tooling and manufacturing 250ml twin pack containers that could snap together offering a novel bath time experience for younger customers.

    Spectra developed a clever ring sleeve mechanism that enabled both containers to snap lock into one another offering a dual pack solution that could be shown either way up. The two component bottles can also be separated by simply pulling the two packs apart, offering a mix and match opportunity as well as two distinctive stand alone items.

    Additionally, Spectra also ensured that the snap ring allowed the two components to rotate independently enabling the labels to align when displayed

    Gary Allard, Field Sales Representative at Spectra commented, "This particular project perfectly illustrates Spectra's problem solving prowess. Our customer had a very clear vision of what they wanted and it was our job to overcome any technical issues and simply make it happen. It's the kind of project our creative team really love to get involved in".

    Clive Morris, Production Director at Medichem remarked, "Spectra's innovative approach throughout this project shouldn't be underestimated. Although we knew exactly what we wanted, the technicalities of execution developed by their team meant our vision became a reality - we are delighted with the outcome".