Gwent corrugated packaging company Diamondpak has announced it has invested £500,000 in new machinery to boost production.

The move will give the Pontypool-based company, whose client list includes Barclays, John Lewis, Pets at Home and the Celtic Manor Resort, added capability to offer the fullest range of products in the UK.

The investment in a large format TCY casemaker is expected to halve production time for large, box work and pallet boxes.

These large boxes, which are often used for heavy items such as car parts, are a niche product manufactured by just a small proportion of packaging companies.

Managing director of Diamondpak Russell Davies said: “Currently just 20 per cent of UK packaging manufacturers can make these very large format, packaging products.

“The machine will help us improve production on this line, meaning we can make pallet boxes almost twice as quickly and boost our full supply line offering.”

Diamondpak specialises in bespoke corrugated packaging, from lightweight Air Freight containers, through to photo quality promotional and point of sale items together and one of the most extensive ranges of postal and internet packaging in the UK.

The TCY machine was supplied by ID Machinery, which has worked with Diamondpak for the last three years and has supplied equipment as the business has grown.

It is the latest in a number of investments for Diamondpak, which carved a niche as a pioneer of the ‘peel and seal’ book wraps that have become the mainstay of online book-sellers.

In 2014, Diamondpak merged with Bristol-based print finishing specialist PH Laminators to become an end-to-end service provider, while earlier this year it bought Cardiff-based Atlantic Box.

Established in 2008, Diamondpak has become one of the UK’s fastest growing corrugated packaging manufacturers. During the past three years, it has doubled its workforce and the company is expected to have a turnover of £6m this financial year.