Our legacy

Thompson Packaging date their legacy back to the 1940's, when a young Bill Thompson began buying, selling and recycling second hand corrugated boxes following the early death of his father William. William Thompson had been a tea merchant in Bethnal Green but when a lead splinter from a wooden tea chest embedded itself under his nail, he took a fateful visit to hospital, from which he would never return. The hospital gave William a deadly dose of Chloroform, and sadly, he died shortly before the outbreak of the war. His son Bill saw this as the end of lead lined wooden chests, he left his job as a commodity broker and returned to the family Tea business. Due to shortages during the 2nd World War he began recycling the emerging carton board box by turning it inside out to disguise existing art work.

During the 50's Bill set up a corrugated box manufacturing Plant in Basildon, which he later moved to Pulham St. Mary, Norfolk. In 1971, the late Bill Thompson set up Norwich Corrugated Board in Fishergate, Norwich which became one of the country's largest sheet board manufacturers. The business thrived to the extent that the sons of William Thompson - Nicholas and Martin - decided that Norwich needed a case conversion factory, so in 1984, Thompson Packaging was born.

Present day

After its inception, Thompson Packaging rapidly entered the corrugated case market and began supplying household names such as Tom Smith, Jarrolds, and Bernard Matthews. The trend continued and we now supply many leading companies in a multitude of different industries.

Our machinery is comprised of a Martin 2-colour casemaker, a Simon 3-colour RDC casemaker, a die-cutter medium format, as well as a flat-bed die cutter, Flexo Printer and Slotter. Behind each machine are the four decades of experience of Nicholas and Martin Thompson.

Our clients include:

  • Fruit and vegetable growers
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Confectionery and patisserie manufacturers
  • Livestock, poultry, frozen meat, shellfish and frozen fish industries
  • Luxury goods manufacturers
  • Electrical and automobile component manufacturers
  • Chemical industries
  • Removal and transportation companies
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies
  • Plastics, glass and rubber manufacturers
  • Leisure industry
  • Construction industry
  • Pet food suppliers
  • Publishing, printing and stationary manufacturers