PLASTICS firm Faerch Plast has opened a manufacturing facility as part of an expansion strategy that could lead to the creation of 100-150 permanent jobs over the next three-four years.
The new 14,000 sq. metre plant, which was commissioned in November 2011, has undergone a major upgrade and refurbishment which included the installation of two extruders, six thermoforming machines and the latest robot packing systems.
As a result, the Durham plant has already started producing CPET trays which account for more than 80% of the company’s UK sales.
Operating to the same high hygiene, quality and environmental standards as Faerch Plast’s other factories in Denmark and the Czech Republic, most of the packaging produced at the new facility will be for the ready meal and fresh meat sectors.
Managing director Joe Iannidinardo said: “The team at Durham have done a great job in getting the plant operational in the allotted time frame. As well as the normal finishing touches you would expect in the months ahead, we also plan to install six further thermoformers by the end of the year.”
Image: The new facility in Durham is a key part of Faerch Plast’s growth strategy.