Established in 1875, AG Barr is the soft drinks business responsible for well-known brands such as the iconic IRN-BRU, Rubicon exotic juice drinks, Strathmore spring water, Tizer and the distribution of Rockstar energy drinks in the UK.
The company has been making, moving, marketing and selling some of the UK’s best-loved soft drinks brands for over 140 years. It employs approximately 1,000 people and operates from nine sites across the UK. Barr’s £41 million state-of-the-art production, warehousing and distribution centre at Milton Keynes operates a high-tech canning and carton production facility with the capacity to produce 400 million cans and 40 million cartons a year.
AG Barr had a requirement for flexible office and meeting space on its shop floor that could be adapted to meet its changing needs.Solution :
Portakabin was the first to respond to AG Barr’s needs, and the company has now hired its second Portakabin Solus building which will be in place for the next three years.
Both buildings were delivered in a month or less from contract award and were installed inside the distribution centre in a challenging operation and without the use of any vehicles.
Each building was ‘wrapped’ in the company’s statement drinks branding to fit in with the manufacturing facility’s high-tech appearance.
The first building features the distinctive ‘Rockstar’ branding and the second is a ‘Rubicon’ drinks vinyl wrap. Portakabin worked closely with AG Barr’s graphics team to design the artwork and the resulting facilities are striking and lively additions to the production centre.
Commenting on the company’s requirement, Tim Stacey, Factory Manager at AG Barr Milton Keynes, said, “We had a need for office and meeting space on the shop floor but because the manufacturing facility is still very new and growing, we wanted an office solution that we could extend or move around if we need to and which can be adapted to meet the company’s changing needs. A Portakabin building gives us far more flexibility.”
“The Portakabin team was very responsive and it is great to have the option to personalise the buildings with our branding. The wraps were very straightforward and complement our modern production facilities really well. We are very happy with these two buildings and with how Portakabin has helped us meet our operational needs.”
Tim Stacey, Factory Manager, AG Barr Milton Keynes