The new kid on the block
Sign and print companies that aren’t already familiar with the range of materials offered by PPB will be tempted by the scope of both the company’s product portfolio and its complementary ancillary services. Val Hirst reports.
When John Proctor first set up Proctor Paper & Board 37 years ago he could never have imagined how the company would grow and develop into the £25m turnover business it is today. However, following the addition of a sister company, in the form of Buchanan Paper & Board in 1994, which was headed up by Jason Buchanan, and the acquisition of A&R Board Sales in 2010, it established a strong position within London and the surrounding regions. And this September the company marked a further milestone in its evolution, when it became a new entity – PPB – Service on Display.
PPB remains an independently owned distributor and converter of point of purchase materials and substrates to the screen and digital large format markets, but it has nowfurther increased the scope of its range to appeal to signmakers and fabricators too.
Explaining this most recent change, the current MD of PPB, Richard Proctor, said:“We have now integrated three geographically separate businesses under one brand, so that we can supply our sign and display products nationally, whileretaining the initials of the original companies in order to both preserve the heritage of the group, and to represent what we are offering – namely, paper, plastics and board!
He added that theletters of the company’s new logo have been formed to resemble material going through rollers, in order to reflect the printing process. He observed: “We feel that this design strongly re-enforces our reputation for converting material andproviding bespoke sheeting and re-reeling, especially as our Leeds facility uses state of the art sheeting and rewinding equipment, including a Schelling Saw,to cut industrial plastics and aluminium composites. We will also be making an increased commitment to further improve warehousing and logistics to fully service the UK.”
Having originated as a paper and board merchant, PPB has invested heavily to provide the widest range of relevant materials and finishing services for the sign, screen and digital markets, while additional expenditure in machinery and stock will also enable it to provide a high value service. Its new product offering now includes industrial plastics, graphical products, digital display materials, and those signmaking staples, Priplak and aluminium composites.
Richard Proctor continued: “Our new identity will help to re-enforce our key business principles regarding speed and service, as well as promoting our enhanced selection of press ready display materials, but further, we are also hoping to help create new business opportunities for our customers too.”
He added: “With the recent demise of PaperlinX, the landscape of the sign and display sector has radically changed, as its collapse left many highly qualified people and a host of fantastic products relatively uncatered for. The up side of this is that it has provided us with an ideal opportunity to use our skills and experience to deliver an even better service to a sector that we already know and understand.”
To this end, PPB has recently appointed several key industry specialists, including Joanne Smeeton and Glenn Crowley who will be working in its digital sales department, Paul Neale its ACM Manager, Darren Raistrick, who will be looking after industrial plastics and Simon Balderson, who is the company’s Group Product Manager.
Commenting on the new regime, Richard Proctor concluded: “ Our existing customers will benefit from the addition of new products, such as Priplak and aluminium composite to our portfolio, while new customers can enjoy the benefits that come from dealing with a long established company with proven credentials, which is also determined to continue to evolve in line with all of the exciting new developments in the sign and print sectors.