In 1992 the first text message was sent and compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music. How times have changed! Texts and CDs may still be around, but in today’s digital world of emails, WhatsApp and music downloads, they are very much yesterday’s technology.
There has been a huge amount of change since 1992 – some for the good, some not so good. While none of us can predict the future, it’s a pretty safe bet that there are likely to be more momentous happenings in the next 25 years!
It is therefore comforting to find consistency in such fast-moving times. In Kenfig, near Port Talbot South Wales, the RPC Tedeco-Gizeh factory has been manufacturing plastic vending and drinking cups for the past 25 years.
That’s not to say things haven’t changed here over the years. Take our name for example – we were plain Tedeco when we opened for business in 1992. Five years later we were acquired by the RPC Group and named RPC Tedeco. Then in 1998, when RPC purchased the packaging disposables division of Gizeh, we became RPC Tedeco-Gizeh, the name we have stuck with ever since.
In the latest census produced by the AVA for 2016, the UK vending market is worth £1.53 billion and has 4.54 billion vends per year. Having been manufacturing here in the UK for 25 years, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh are uniquely positioned to have an overview of the UK market. From our South Wales factory we produce over 3 billion cups and capsules for hot and cold drinks every year.
We’ve been pretty active in new product development as well, ensuring we continue to offer a wide range of vending and drinking cups to meet our customers’ needs. We are also a major producer of single-serve coffee capsules.
And in an increasingly regulated world, we have kept up-to-date with all the relevant certifications for our industry – ISO 9001:2008, ISO 50001 and BRC-accredited to A-grade standard.
In the days when people decry the lack of UK manufacturing, we have been a consistent presence. In fact we are the only plastics drinks cup manufacturer in the UK.
We’ve made sure we remain consistent in our commitment to customer service during our 25 years – helped by a loyal and hard-working workforce, some of whom have been with us from the very beginning.
There’s a lot to celebrate this year in Kenfig, but it will certainly be with an eye on the future. Plastic cups remain the UK’s most popular vending format – and with environmental concerns a major focus for most businesses, the cups’ energy-efficient manufacturing process, their light weight which reduces the carbon impact of transportation, and their recyclability all give them a very positive sustainable profile.
Plastics will remain the material of choice for vending cups – and RPC Tedeco-Gizeh will continue to produce them. It’s always good to have a bit of consistency in changing times!
The RPC Group is now a truly global company, with 194 operations in 34 countries and employing over 24,900 people. RPC has expertise in all the main plastic conversion technologies. We serve six packaging and non-packaging sectors, food, non-food, personal care, healthcare, technical components and beverages.
RPC Group plc is committed to incorporating sustainability into our overall business strategy and to helping our customers achieve their environmental goals. Plastics have a strong environmental profile. All polymers are lightweight, durable, low carbon and recyclable.
All plastics are recyclable and can be used for a variety of valuable second-life applications.
Plastic PS vending cups from RPC Tedeco-Gizeh are 100% recyclable, and as a member of the Simply Cup collection and recycling scheme we encourage our customers to recycle and do their bit for the environment.