Expansion for food packaging firm

Faerch Plast, European producer of plastic containers for the food industry, is set to double production capacity in the UK following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility by early 2015.

This move will ensure the company continues to meet its annual output for CPET ready meal trays and high clarity APET and PP materials for cold foods and snacks, including bakery, dairy, vegetables and cold meats.

Since it was opened in summer 2012, the purpose-built, 14,000m² plant has reported significant growth and currently has 60 employees, one extrusion line and accompanying thermoformers. It operates to stringent hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

As part of this latest investment, Faerch Plast will install a range of additional associated production equipment, such as robot packing systems, cooling machines and compressors. The plant will also benefit from a 2000m² extension to boost stockholding capacity and 50% increase in headcount with focus on production personnel.

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