PennWhite's New Storage & Dispatch Facility Is Open.

After a month of hard work by a team of contractors and our own personnel, the new PennWhite Warehouse & Dispatch Facility opened for business on 2nd February. Over 800 additional pallet spaces, automated filling equipment and additional decanting stations will help the business to serve its growing customer base over the coming years.

Since moving to the Midpoint 18 Business Park less than five years ago, the business has doubled in size, both in terms of turnover and square meters. Managing Director John Whitehead believes that "Our growth has been built on the faith and trust shown in PennWhite by our customers. Our investment in this new facility represents our commitment to maintaining and continually improving our service levels in response to their needs and expectations."

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PennWhite Racks Up Storage

Racking for our finished goods is going up in our new storage and dispatch facility and over 800 pallet spaces will be avaialble once installation is complete. Managing Director John Whitehead explained the main reason for increasing PennWhite's storage capacity, "Our business is built on service, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide the solution to  our customers need's exactly when they need it. This new facility means that we can carry more key products in stock and get them to the customer faster than ever before."

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PennWhite And The Big Crane

With a little help from a 40 tonne crane our new 35,000 ltre water tank is now in position in our new storage and dispatch facility in Middlewich. After being commisioned it will provide a more effiecient on-demand water supply to our adjacent production unit.

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PennWhite Take Delivery

Our soon to open new finished goods storage and dispatch facility recieved its first deliveries earlier this week. Getting the first, a 6m tall 35,000 litre water tank, off the lorry took a little coordinated fork lift trucking but it's now sitting on the floor and will be raised into position in the next few days. Our new racking was a little easier tooffload and will give us an additional 815 pallet spaces for finished goods once assembled.

Other new equipment, including an automated multipoint filler for our food-grade products, will be arriving soon and we expect to open the new facility for business by the end of the month.

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PennWhite's New Storage & Dispatch Facility

In January 2015 PennWhite will take possession of its adjacent business unit on the Midpoint 18 Business Park in Middlewich. This will double our current floor space to over 4,000 sqm, allowing us to increase finished goods storage capacity and bring our despatch team back under the same roof as their production and administration colleagues.

“Improved process efficiency and customer service are the motivation”, according to Warehouse Manager Phil Hallam. “The extra space will allow for the installation of new automated plant and a higher level of ex-stock availability. Communication will also be better as we will all be in the same building again”

Our current “satellite” finished goods warehouse (a smaller unit on the same business park), will be closed as soon as the new facility is up and running, which we expect to be by early February 2015.

PennWhite Audited By Halal Food Authority

The London based Halal Food Authority (HFA) visited PennWhite a few days ago to conduct an audit of our processes and facilities, the first stage in our application for halal certification of our food-grade products.

As well as reviewing our documented working practices, the HFA inspected our dedicated food-grade manufacturing area and storage facilities before visiting our Quality Control Station and laboratory. At the end of their audit they expressed approval of our food-grade processes, our plant and our segregation measures. They then invited us to proceed to the next stage of our application and submit our product specifications for halal certification.

We are now collecting and collating the required supporting documents for each of our food-grade foam control agents, lubricants and release agents. We expect to submit these early next year and hope to receive HFA certification soon after.

PennWhite Bulk Up For Winter.

Last Friday PennWhite took delivery of an additional 9,000 litre bulk storage tank. Once commisioned, the new tank will be dedicated to the storage of Foamdoctor food-grade antifoams. Technical Director Dr Mark Humphries is confident that the new tank will improve efficiency, "The extra capacity will eliminate the use of intermediate containers between manufacture and despatch. We'll be able to decant directly into the pack size required by our customers, this will be save time and reduce opportunities for contamination."

The 9,000 litre tank will shortly be joined by a 4,500 litre tank for the storage of antifoams tailored to the water treatment industry.



PennWhite IBCs Go Sky High

2013/14 has been another record year for PennWhite, it saw the tonnage of finished goods leaving our factory exceed the 2012/13 figure by 26%. And this got us wondering; if we could stack each IBC of finished product we shipped this year on top of one another, just how high would the stack be? Click the link below to find out...

The PennWhite 2013/14 IBC Stack


PennWhite Launch Greasil 3000

Greasil 3000 is a water repellent, non-melting, low conductivity grease lubricant developed for applications in construction, automotive and mechanical services industries. 

This environmentally (and user) friendly product is tasteless, odourless and non toxic. It will not degrade rubber, plastic or metal and is not effected by daylight or strong UV light. Softer than other greases in the PennWhite range, Greasil 3000 has an unworked penetration of 315mm and its dialectric strength of around 20kv/mm imparts low electrical conductivity to the grease. This high performance lubricant can be used in temperatures from -50C to +280C.

Greasil 3000 is particularly suited to the assembly of plastic pipework, "O" ring assembly, waterproofing electical components, protecting pourous surfaces and lubrication of items subject to temperature extremes. It is available now in a range of packs from 100g to 200kg.

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PennWhite ISO 9001 Certified For 15th Year.

Intertek Certification Ltd visited PennWhite yesterday to carry out their annual assessment of PennWhite’s ISO 9001 Management Systems.

During the audit Intertek reviewed PennWhite’s production procedures, checked the traceability of goods and the management of non-conformances, as well as talking to staff about sales order processing and purchasing. Afterwards Intertek were able to confirm that the policies and procedures in place at PennWhite are in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. As a result the ISO 9001 Management System at PennWhite remains independently certified for a fifteenth consecutive year.

“ISO 9001 is a fundamental part of our business,” says Technical Director Dr Mark Humphries, “It provides a structure that we can measure ourselves against and encourages us to constantly review and improve our performance. ISO 9001 benefits our customers and it benefits us.”