R. Faerch Plast A/S, one of Europe's leading producers of plastic containers for the food industry, is set to double production capacity in the United Kingdom by early 2015 following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers at its Durham, England-based manufacturing facility.
This key strategic move will ensure the company continues to meet its annual output for crystalline PET ready meal trays and high clarity amorphous PET and polypropyelen materials for cold foods and snacks, including bakery, dairy, vegetables and cold meats.
Since it opened in summer 2012, the purpose-built, 14,000-square-meter 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, based in Holstebro, Denmark, 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 2,000-square-meter extension to boost stockholding capacity and 50 percent increase in headcount with focus on production personnel.
Lars Gade Hansen, chief executive of Faerch Plast, said: “This on-going investment in Durham emphasizes our commitment to local customers and further increases supply chain security for our wide range of food containers.
“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,” Joe concludes. “We remain dedicated to investing in our customers' futures and to growing our business.”