This Birmingham-based company, which started out making paper packaging in 1959, now produces products that include polystyrene boxes for McDonald’s burgers, cardboard boxes for pizzas, plastic crates for groceries and dashboards for cars. The company, which is now run by the founder’s son Michael Cornish, reported sales of £1.1bn in 2000 when it had 10,898 staff.

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Company details
ActivityPackaging maker
LocationWest Yorkshire
Sales £m1,112
Profit £m47
Year endDec 00
Principal shareholdersCornish family

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