Burgo Wharton invented and patented his sliding tray packaging in 1998. Ten years later his firm Burgopak has used the design to produce a reported 22m mobile-phone boxes for Motorola. The London company’s packaging is used in the telecoms, media and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for special-edition items such as Rugby World Cup ticket packs and the Scissor Sisters’ latest album. Burgopak has invested £2.5m in a custom-designed machine to mass-produce its packaging for pharmaceuticals. Sales have surged 148% a year from an annualised £346,000 in 2005 to £5.3m in 2008.
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