What's New

April 12, 2018 Short Run Box Production Now Online
We are delighted to announce that our short to medium run corrugated manufacturing facility is up and running. Specialising in runs of 25 up to 3000 boxes and a range of Fefco styles utilities our Solarco Ecomatic 1800 DC, Kestrel Compact Multi Point Glue-er and Vickers Stitcher

We also offer just in time production using our extensive range of B, C and BC flute stock boards

Contact us now with your bespoke box enquiries   
December 17, 2015 Tidmas Townsend relocate to new premises
It is with great pride that we announce our relocation to larger premises. This move will allow us to consolidate our three warehouses and offices into one new 10,000 square feet unit. This will enable us to stock and serve faster and more efficiently. Our corrugated manufacturing plant will also be on site offering just in time and next day production

Our new central Sussex location will allow us to maintain our same day or next day delivery service to current customers, whilst improving delivery times to many other areas

We will continue to operate our cash and carry from our new address and will welcome your visit. Being just off the A22 and A267 it's and easy location to find with a huge yard for customer parking. If you can't get to us the please call us and we will aim to deliver same or next day to you.

All telephone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses will remain the same. We will be moving over the Christmas period 2015 and will commence trading from our new address on Monday 4th January 2016

Our opening ours will be Monday - Friday 07:30 - 16:30
January 27, 2015 Bubble Wrap!

 Bubble Wrap™ was invented by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in 1957, with its initial intention to be sold as wallpaper. However, the creators soon realised that it would be a much better alternative to newspaper packaging and sold it under its original name, Aircap®, through Sealed Air.


It has now been on the market for more than 50 years and is still used widely by internet retailers, as well as other industries, across the world.


Down the years protective packaging has been a valuable partner in delivering successful shipments for a range of weird and wonderful items, including priceless artefacts and even NASA's astronaut training simulator.

January 15, 2015 New Packaging Solutions Catalogue
Today we have launched our new packaging solutions catalogue to kick start the New Year. This is available online through our website and a available as hard copy on request

This is our biggest catalogue yet and is the first to cover our retail packaging range in real depth. Inside you will find product information for our range of Catering Disposables, Food Processing Supplies, Butchery and Fishmongery Supplies, Stock and Custom Printed Carrier Bags, Paper Bags, Stationery, Janitorial and a whole lot more

We're sure that you will find this catalogue easy to use and informative and we welcome any enquiries that you may have

Wishing you all a happy and successful 2015!

The Tidmas Townsend Team   
January 27, 2014 Will it Break? - Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day special

Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in January, and this is the first Will it Break? video created in honour of this popular awareness day. With the new 'Extreme Series' launched to show the difference in packed and unpacked product impacts.


In order to test Sealed Air's trademark Aircap®, a member of the Bubble Wrap® brand family, invented in 1957 by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, Professor Packaging aims to conquer the mile-long wire in North Wales to see if his precious egg can survive.


January 20, 2014 Wast Bags and Black Sacks

Waste bags - Black Sacks - Rubbish bags - Bin Bags

'Waste bags and Sacks' are flexible material used for lining litter or waste containers or bins. This serves to keep the container sanitary by avoiding container contact with the rubbish. After the bag in the container is filled with litter, the bag can be conveniently pulled out by its edges, closed, and tied.

It is widely used for collection, storage, disposal and handling of different waste stream such as clinical, recycling, domestic, hospital, kitchen waste etc. Most bags nowadays are made out of plastic. 'Waste bags' also known as garbage bags, rubbish bags, refuse sacks, bin liner & can liner etc.

History of Waste (Garbage) bags

The familiar black/green plastic garbage bag (made from polyethylene) was invented by Harry Wasylyk in 1950.Harry Wasylyk was a Canadian inventor from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who together with Larry Hansen of Lindsay, Ontario, invented the disposable green polyethylene garbage bag.

Garbage bags were first intended for commercial use rather than home use - the bags were first sold to the Winnipeg General Hospital. However, Hansen worked for the Union Carbide Company in Lindsay, who bought the invention from Wasylyk and Hansen. Union Carbide manufactured the first green garbage bags under the name Glad Garbage bags for home use in the late 1960s.

January 17, 2014 Bubble film & Bags
Bubble wrap is a flexible plastic sheeting containing numerous small air pockets, used in cushioning items during shipment. Standard average bubble diameter is 6.0 – 25.4 mm and height about 4 mm.

Bubble wrap is lightweight, water resistant, reusable non-scratching. And, Commonly used for packing fragile items. Also called 'bubble pack'.

How Bubble Wrap packaging made?

Bubble Wrap starts as polyethylene (plastic) resin, in the form of beads about the size of pea gravel.

The beads go into an extruder - a long cylinder with a screw inside that runs its entire length.

As the screw is turned, heat builds up and the resin melts into a liquid that is squeezed out of the cylinder into two stacked sheets of clear plastic film.

One layer of the film is wrapped around a drum with holes punched in it, and suction is applied drawing one web of film into the holes that form the bubbles.

The second layer of film is then laminated over the first so that when the two films are joined, they stick together and trap the air in the bubbles.

This may sound easy, but polyethylene is a porous material like a sponge. Air can easily leak out through the pores, which tends to limit the cushioning ability of the packaging. Realizing this, some manufacturing companies such as Sealed Air started using a Saran coating to seal the air in the bubbles. Eventually, a method of encapsulating an air retention barrier in the polyethylene during the extrusion process was developed. This process is a trade secret of Sealed Air Corporation.

Bubble Wrap was created by two engineers, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, in 1957. Like many innovations, it was accidental. The story begins in a garage in Hawthrone, NJ where two engineers were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. Surprisingly, this product did not take off but they quickly realized, that their invention could be used as a cushioning material for packaging. And, later pair founded Sealed Air Corporation in 1960.

Benefits of Bubble Wrap
Light weight - reduces freight and packaging costs
Transparent – enabling visual inspections of the product
Moisture resistant
Protecting surface against abrasion
Easy to use
Good insulation properties
Elastic and strong
Multiple use
Easy to trim by hand tools and trimming machines
January 15, 2014 Poly Sheeting and Tubing

Poly-tubing & Sheeting


'Poly-tubing' is a flexible, continuous roll of polythene sleeving open at one end and rolled up at other; either on plastic or cardboard core. Economical & easiest way to package or enclose objects of same width but various lengths. Ideal for packaging odd shaped or long items. Simply insert your product into the tubing, cut to required length and heat seal, staple or tape one or both ends. It is also known as 'Layflat tubing'. Usually rolled up to 12" in diameter on a 3" wide core.


'Sheeting' - When Polytubing is slit it is known as 'Sheeting'. There are variety of Sheeting available on the market today, depending the way they cut and wounded. Examples of these are Single wound sheeting, Double wound sheeting, Centrefold sheeting, J-fold sheeting & Centerslit sheeting. Sheeting provides economical protection from dirt, dust and moisture.

December 04, 2013 Waste
We all hate wasted packaging on grocery's. Make sure you buy the loose fruit and veg at all times, its much better having a good old feel of what you are buying. In doing this you will be cutting down packaging consumption and saving the environment a little bit at a time. Also its the cheapest way to buy. Have a think when your buying your Christmas veggies this year.

The UK grocery sector has cut packaging waste by 10% this year! it is an astonishing saving and something which i hope will continue to happen into the next year.

February 01, 2013 New Rep!
 We have a new Company Representative starting today. Please give a warm welcome to Paul McKay. He will be concentrating on our Eastern area. If he pops in to see you please make him a cuppa!
January 29, 2013 Keep smiling
 A sunny disposition helps on a morning like this... Smile at someone you don't know, go on try it.
 The Tidman.
January 16, 2013 New Year New Business?

Happy New Year


We know that the New Year is the time to shop around for new 

business and suppliers.

Here at Tidmas Townsend we pride ourselves on customer service and 

going the extra mile to find your packaging solution. No matter how big or 



Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


The Lion and the Mouse

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up

and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge

paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.  "Pardon, O

King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall

never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn

some of these days?"  The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the

Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let

him go.  Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the

hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a

tree while they went in search of a waggon to carry him on.  Just

then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad

plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away

the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.  "Was I not right?"

said the little Mouse.


               Little friends may prove great friends.

So next time your business requires some new or existing Packaging Materials

Give us a call, we will be more than happy to hear from you.

 Marc Townsend.


November 28, 2012 Facebook & Twitter
Be sure to follow all our posts http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tidmas-Townsend-Ltd/130460123701154?ref=hl   and tweets @TidmasTownsend to keep up to date with the Tidman.
November 28, 2012 Christmas Opening Times
We close Thursday 20th December and re-open Wednesday 2nd January. Merry Christmas to one and all.
November 21, 2012 Vacufresh Chamberless Vacuum Packer

Ideal for start up vac packing or as a back up for your main machine the vacufresh is a small but dynamic solution to your food packaging requirements. Easy to use and maintain, the vacufresh is perfect for extending the life of food.

Sealing Bar width 300mm

Contact us now for a FREE no obligation trial
October 15, 2012 Ebay sellers?
Are you an avid Ebay seller? Or just like making spare cash from unwanted bits?

If so look no further, we have all the things you require for posting out your items. Oh and at trade prices too!

Pop in or give us a call on: 01323 734240. We will be glad to help you.

October 02, 2012 AirPouch3 Packaging Machine
We are pleased to introduce our new Airpouch packaging machine. An effective solution for those using standard void filling products such as Loosefill

The Airpouch3 Machine can offer the following benefits

- On average over 50% cheaper when compared to standard void filling products like EPS Loosefill and Paper

- Huge savings in terms of warehouse space

                        - Massive savings on packing time in comparison to                          other methods.

Email us now for a FREE no obligation trial of the machine
August 14, 2012 Olympic's
Well its been a very busy six months and although we though the Olympics may be a slack period we have had our best weeks ever. With all the bits and pieces going on  we haven't updated for a while but watch this space!
April 18, 2012 Rainy Days
 Its wet in Eastbourne today and we need some inspiration. Good job I've just finished the new Van decals. Keep your eyes out as we will be updating all our vehicles.
November 14, 2011 Retail Packaging
We now have our retail packaging supplies online.

Feel free to browse the category for items such as Labels, price guns and till rolls
October 05, 2011 Web Updates
We have added more products to the website.
Bags, Carriers and Tamper Evident Containers are now on-line.
July 28, 2011 Global Is Calling!
The staffs annual day out is looming and we are all of to Global for the weekend!

July 04, 2011 Facebook
Our face book page is now live!
Please log on and like us.
June 24, 2011 Up and running#1
We have managed to put a lot of our products on. The are still many more bits and pieces to add but we are working hard to upload the information.
June 21, 2011 Web Site Work
We are working hard to put all the products onto our new site. Hopefully by the start of next week we will be nearly done.

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