The range of Infini plastic milk bottles from Nampak
A leading producer of plastic milk bottles has secured the lease on a new 20,000ft2 manufacturing facility in Scotland, creating 20 new jobs.
Nampak Plastics, producer of the ‘Infini’ milk bottles, has made the investment in the space at Springkerse Industrial Estatspace in Stirling in order to capitalise on the business opportunities that exist within the area.
These, the company says, include the opportunity to support its Scottish customers through better market access, as well as being located close to a major new dairy facility proposed by ‘Graham’s The Family Dairy’ and its 98 farming partners, to which it would supply its plastic bottles.
“Nampak has been manufacturing in Scotland for a number of years from its plant in Bellshill. We have been exploring how to increase investment to support the growth of our customers, particularly in the areas of product innovation,” commented Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics Europe.
“The business climate in Stirling, the enthusiasm of local people and the professionalism of Stirling Council has provided us with the confidence to open our latest European plant in Stirling. We’re now looking forward to working with partners in the area to expand our manufacturing operation.”
Infini and beyond
Nampak’s Infini bottle was launched in 2012. The product is a lightweight, next-generation milk bottle that helps to cut waste and save carbon compared to traditional designs.
Identifiable by a handle on the corner of the bottle, as opposed to the side, the design is up to 25 percent lighter than a standard bottle (depending on size) and Nampak says helps save up to 34,000 tonnes of carbon and 16,000 tonnes of material each year.
Over one billion Infini bottles have now been sold, with major retailers including M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons stocking the product.