Food packaging specialist PFF Group has installed a £2m system at its Sedgefield site as part of a £4m investment programme in new process technology.
Developed in partnership with German manufacturer Illig Gmbh, the thermoforming system was transported to the UK on five vehicles and is the first of its kind in the world.
It will be used to manufacture PFF’s fully recyclable, food-grade packaging concept, IMPAC-T, which was launched in response to increased demand from food manufacturers for reduced plastic in packaging.
Illig is Europe’s leading designer, developer and manufacturer of advanced, high-performance thermoforming machines. PFF challenged Illig along with its own technical team to design a precision engineered system to produce its unique rPET hybrid pot with a card wrap in a single process. This in turn offers a large reduction in overall carbon footprint of the product.