black stag


After 200 years of the family working in local pottery businesses, J.B Robinson buys a round box business in Chesterfield.

John Bradbury


Manufacture of square boxes made from chip and pasteboard and round willow boxes for ointments are introduced and the company diversify into surgical dressings.

wooden and wicker boxes


The new factory Wheatbridge, Chesterfield opens with the introductory manufacture of surgical dressings.

steam engine 1864


A world-first preparatory school opens at Wheatbridge Mills, Chesterfield.


Wheatbridge Housing Association forms to build houses for employees in Chesterfield.

portland works 1921


Field House, Chesterfield canteen opens to provide all employees with at least one decent meal per day.


A spiral tube winding machine is ordered for ‘Little John Drums’, one of the company’s most successful early inventions.

little john drum 1924


Centenary celebrations: 3,700 employees take a company trip to enjoy a day of sight-seeing in London and visit the privately hired Albert Hall for the Grand Variety Concert.

robinsons centenary london trip

1949 – 1952

Patent for first-ever disposable nappy system and Paddi and Cosifits brands are born. Paddi nappies selected by BBC as one of six most interesting and innovative ideas at the Daily Mail Ideal Homes Exhibition, London.

paddi cosifits


The company purchased its first injection moulding machine for the Smarties tube cap.

Smarties Tube


IE Whites Plastics at Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire is acquired. Injection blow moulding machine purchased. Installation of robotic machinery to aid manufacture. Company renames to Robinson Packaging. BS5750 standard achieved.

quality standard award


Robinson joins the AIM London Stock Market.


The company expands into Eastern European with the purchase of the Lodz factory site in Poland.

Poland Lodz Factory


VR Plastics business at Stanton Hill, Nottinghamshire is acquired.


Purchase of Madrox plastic packaging business in Warsaw, Poland.

Madrox Packaging


Robinson Packaging becomes Robinson Plc and rebrands.

Robinson logo


Robinson expands into Northern Europe and acquires Danish business Schela Plast.

Schela Plast Logo