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Sancella U.K. Limited: successful joint venture in san pro.

Leading the way for British manufacturers of feminine hygiene products and ready to compete on the international market is Sancella U.K. Limited.

For the Northumberland based company, jointly owned by Scott U.K. Limited and Molnlycke of Sweden, is among the first san pro manufacturers in the country to be awarded certification BS 5750, Part 2 1987, ISO 9002 - an internationally recognized seal of approval.

"It's a great achievement and one that will give confidence to our customers finding that our production system has been quality assured," said quality assurance manager Marshall Sisterson.

It was two years ago that manufacturing manager Paddy Brophy pre-empted the present move towards accreditation by the British Standards Institute and set the project underway at the North East factory in Morpeth.

Since then all employees at the Coopies Lane base have been involved in working towards the commitment to produce good quality products consistently.

The first step was to put under the spotlight all the company's processes. After consideration of ways in which they could be improved, these have been set down in their Quality Policy manual and used as the basis for extensive in-house training.

As a bonus, Sancella, a market leader in the san pro manufacturing league, will hopefully benefit from an improved reputation and customer satisfaction, helping it to consolidate its existing markets.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary recently, Sancella has a tradition of being in the forefront of manufacturing practice. Since joining the U.K. san pro market it has been the first company to produce and market the self-seating sanitary towel, as well as the first to introduce to the U.K. market the anatomically shaped towel and the winged towel.

Sancella turns out millions of units of feminine products including its own Bodyform range and a Pennywise line for small chemist shops.

The output is a major achievement for the company, which first put itself on the British industrial map in 1971 with the launch of Libresse from its five acre site on the new industrial estate. A massive machine rebuild in 1974-75 saw the emergence of Pennywise towels.

It was recognition by Molnlycke in 1975 of the need for a strong sales representation supported by national distribution and knowledge of the trade, which resulted two years later in a joint venture with Bowater-Scott. The vital ingredients this provided, combined with the installation of several new machines, resulted in the introduction of Libra (Regular and Super towels), Bodyform (towels and panty liners) and tri-folded purse pack towels.

In 1987, on the takeover of Bowater-Scott's share, Scott Paper Company took on the 50-50 partnership with Molnlycke in Sancella. This brought with it expansion of production facilities at the factory and upgraded machinery, in packaging and warehouse space. Employees were also taken into the revamp with some of the hourly paid personnel promoted to management positions.

Since then, the success story has continued and Sancella's strength will continue to flourish as the company prepares to compete in the market both at home and abroad thanks to the BST accolade.
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