Quinn Packaging invests €3m in PET sheet extrusion line

Quinn Packaging has announced it is to invest over €3m (£2.2m) in a new PET sheet extrusion line.

Quinn SML Extrusion Line

The machine will be supplied by SML, an Austrian company who specialise in building high performance extrusion equipment, and will feature the Vacurema Recycling System from EREMA, a patented technology which allows the use of post-consumer, or recycled PET bottle flake to make food contact approved PET sheet.

Through this investment the Irish rigid packaging firm will boost capacity to further develop its PET sheet and meat tray business when the machine is fully commissioned in mid-2016.

Parent group Quinn Industrial Holdings Ltd (QIHL), the company which acquired both the Quinn Packaging and Construction Industry Supply businesses in December 2014, has continually invested in staff and equipment, including its lorry fleet, recently taking delivery of phase one of a major capital investment programme to replenish the 140-strong Quinn haulage fleet.

Mark McKenna, general manager of Quinn Packaging has emphasised the importance of the investment as part of a long term growth strategy, which will allow it to further develop its’ presence within the rigid food packaging sector.

He added that it represented a commitment to customers and employees.

“We believe that the extra investment being made in the Vacurema recycling system as part of the new extrusion line will give us a competitive advantage over many of our competitors by allowing us to replace virgin polymer material with recycled material and still produce a higher quality sheet.”

With a 19,000sqm production facility in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, and a workforce of over 140 people the company manufactures a range of plastic packaging products, including rigid packaging for the food industry (meat/poultry trays, ready meal trays, mushroom punnets, dairy spread containers and thin gauge sheet for form, fill and seal applications), as well as flexible packaging for industrial and agricultural applications (shrink / stretch hoods and silage wrap).

Karl Stoeger, managing director of SML, added that the line specification utilises the Vacurema system for the main extruder and SML’s single screw technology for the co-extruded skin layers.

“A high capacity roll stack and downstream equipment, together with additional laminating capability for a functional film, will ensure flexible and highest-quality sheet supply for Quinn’s expanding packaging business.”