SONE secures £200k-per-year contract in oral healthcare sector

Stanley-based company appointed by Curaden to produce toothpicks and plastic boxes for the oral healthcare sector

Raymond Oliver, chairman and CEO of SONE
Raymond Oliver, chairman and CEO of SONE

One of the region’s leading plastics manufacturers has secured a significant contract in the oral healthcare sector as it continues to target new markets.

Stanley-based SONE Products Ltd (SONE) has been appointed by Curaden International AG (Curaden), a global supplier of dental products, to manufacturer two styles of coloured plastic tooth picks, along with clear and white boxes.

This latest order was secured shortly after the manufacturer announced a major investment programme at its North East plant, commencing with the acquisition of new injection blow moulding equipment, enabling the manufacture of a range of new products.

With a value in excess of £200,000 annually, the new contract will require SONE to produce more than 66m toothpicks along with plastic containers to retail across Scandinavia.

Curaden’s international sales director, Richard Thomas said: “We decided to work with SONE for a number of reasons, namely because of the improved cost effective and more beneficial production and delivery solutions they were able to offer.

“We have also found the team to be been extremely professional at all levels, providing us with a seamless transition process to bring the manufacturing to the UK.”

SONE’s business development manager Tony Burnell, meanwhile, added: “Working on behalf of Curaden gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate the full extent of our high service level as well as our growing range of capabilities and competitiveness.

“We are confident of building a strong and lasting relationship with this client and many others in the dental and oral hygiene sectors.”

SONE is the UK’s only high volume supplier to specialise in both the design and manufacture of a range of plastic containers, incorporating innovative application and dispensing methods.

Since setting up home in the North East 32 years ago, the company has grown significantly, extending its original 1,000sq m facility to its present size of 3,000sq m. It is also on track with a five-year expansion plan, posting turnover of £7.22m and pre-tax profits of £563,000 for the year ended July 2012.

SONE recently benefited from £250,000 Let’s Grow cash – the fund managed by The Journal and Evening Gazette in collaboration with BE Group and UNW LLP - and earlier this year achieved Cogent’s Gold Standard in recognition for its commitment to ensuring its workforce possesses the right set of industry skills to compete in a global market.

The company also manufactures mascaras, eyeliners and lip-gloss packs for the cosmetics industry. Each unit is produced using both plastic injection and extrusion blow moulding processes. In the near future, injection blow moulding processes will also be used.

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