After 200 years of the family working in local pottery businesses, J.B Robinson buys a round box business in Chesterfield.
25 people are employed at Robinson & Sons in Chesterfield. Square boxes made from chip and pasteboard and round willow boxes for ointments are introduced and the company diversify into surgical dressings.
Weaving business and Gamgee production
Gauze tissues, sanitary towels and antiseptic dressings are introduced and the New Factory opens at Wheatbridge, Chesterfield
Charles Portland Robinson introduces Folding boxes line to the company and installs the company’s own lithographic printer.
Auto Gluer (from USA) installed and cleaning wool and capsicum tissue introduced.
First issue of “The Link”
Portland Works built and is the most advanced carton manufacturing and printing facility in the country.
One of the company’s most successful early products, the Little John Drum, is invented by John Bradbury Robinson II.
Photo-litho plant purchased and now with 1000 employees the latest products include dressings for antiseptic surgery and disposable sanitary towels.
Spiral tubes winding machine ordered for Little John Drums and the company celebrates its centenary with a company trip to London. 3700 employees enjoy a day of sight-seeing and a Grand Variety Concert at the Albert Hall.
Patent bought for the first ever disposable nappy system, and therefore the Paddi and Cosifits brands are born.
Production of Quaker boxes reaches 43.5 million per annum (33% of the carton business).
Production of blended cotton wool starts.
The company purchase their first injection moulding machine (Churchill) for Smarties tube cap. In 1974 I.E White Plastic Ltd at Kirkby is acquired and the injection moulding department is moved there.
Injection blow moulding machine purchased and situated at Kirkby-in-Ashfield site; the company installs robotic machinery to aid manufacture and is re-named Robinson Packaging – BS5750 standard achieved.
CAD/CAM innovation suite installed and half a million pounds is invested into new injection moulding machines.
The company expands into Eastern European with the purchase of the Lodz factory site in Poland.
Sale of spiral wound Paperbox business to Sonoco and the company acquires Madrox in Warsaw