UK: BEST FACTORIES AWARDS 1994 - DEXTER NONWOVENS.

UK: BEST FACTORIES AWARDS 1994 - DEXTER NONWOVENS. - Process Industry Best Factory sponsored by Anglian Water; Best Factory in Scotland sponsored by Barclays Mercantile.

Process Industry Best Factory sponsored by Anglian Water; Best Factory in Scotland sponsored by Barclays Mercantile.

Some factories seek self-improvement by noisily embracing empowerment, or Total Quality or re-engineering. Dexter Nonwovens, of Chirnside, Berwickshire, is not like that. On the contrary, it is solidly traditional, unflamboyant, down-to-earth - which is only to be expected. Chirnside is in the rural southeast of Scotland and a little off the main track, although only 10 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed. The parent, Dexter Corporation, has its traditions too, incidentally, being the oldest company quoted on the New York Stock Exchange.

Dexter Nonwovens makes paper - of a kind. It's the paper used in teabags, coffee filters, meat casings (for salami sausages, etc) and cigarette filters. The production process is like conventional paper-making, but employs a mixture of exceptionally long natural and man-made fibres to produce a material with a very low mass in relation to its area, plus considerable strength and a controlled degree of porosity. Teabag tissue, for example, must keep the tea inside but permit rapid infusion. A casing tube must expand by a fixed amount during the stuffing process, so that 10 slices are always 113 grams. 'It's really precision engineering,' says Chirnside's general manager, Bill Paton.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here

Email: mtsupport@haymarket.com

Call: 020 8267 8121

Register

FREE

  • Up to 4 free articles a month
  • Free email bulletins

Register Now

Become a subscriber

From £66 a quarter

  • Full access to managementtoday.co.uk
  • Exclusive event discounts
  • Management Today's print magazine
  • Plus lots more, including our State of the Industry Report.

Choose a Package