Robots help meet growth in demand for plastics

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Demand in plastics aided by robots

Related tags: Polyethylene terephthalate, Food

Færch Plast, which makes plastic containers for the food industry, has reported significant growth in demand for products made at its UK manufacturing facility since it was first opened in June 2012.

Firmly on track to meet its annual output target for crystalline polyethylene terephthalate ready meal trays, Faerch Plast’s Durham site has also started to make containers from high-clarity amorphous polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene materials for cold foods and snacks.

The purpose-built, 14,000m² plant, which is the firm's first in the UK, has already grown its number of thermoforming machines from eight to 18 with another three due to be commissioned by the end of 2013. Several robot packing lines have also been installed.

“Our original objective was to install 15 thermoformers, so the fact we are now up to 18 is impressive by anyone's standards,”​ says Joe Iannidinardo, md of Faerch Plast’s UK operation.

“There will eventually be around six robot packing lines, which will help to keep man hours low and further boost production output.”

Contact: Faerch Plast

Related topics: Packaging materials

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