Production capacity at Faerch Plast’s Durham site in the UK is set to increase by 50 percent by early 2015
Food packaging specialist, Faerch Plast, is set to double production capacity in the UK following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and 11 associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility by early 2015.
The company says the key strategic move will ensure it 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 boasts 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 cutting-edge robot packing systems, cooling machines and compressors. The plant will also benefit from a 2000m² extension to boost stockholding capacity and 50 percent increase in headcount with focus on production personnel.
“This on-going investment in Durham emphasises our commitment to local customers and further increases supply chain security for our wide range of food containers,” commented Lars Gade Hansen, CEO at Faerch Plast Group.
“This also underlines the commitment of our new owners, EQT, to continue investing in Faerch Plast’s growth. It marks a very important time in our business strategy and will help accelerate our expansion in the UK.”
Joe Iannidinardo, Managing Director at Faerch Plast UK, added: “The investment also enables us to efficiently service our UK customers with an enhanced portfolio of products in a facility built to the highest standards of quality and efficiency.”