Developments at Sharp Interpack and Faerch Plast UK are furthering the process of consolidation in the rigid thermoformed market, particularly for trays made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP).
Sharp has acquired the assets and order book of Rexam's Deeside thermoforming business, which has been incorporated into the group's operation at Yate, near Bristol. This follows Sharp's acquisition of the Yate site from Rexam in 2006.
At the same time, Faerch Plast UK (formerly Harrison Europac) is extending its range of packaging into fresh meat and poultry markets. According to md Joe Iannidinardo, the company is "returning to its roots" with high-clarity PP and PET trays. This complements its established range of ovenable trays for ready meals, where it claims to have over 60% of the UK market.