Heidelberg has announced that Biopax, a Northern Ireland-based carton packaging and labels manufacturer, has invested in its packaging printing equipment.

The Irish packaging company has purchased Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 106, as this model offers a wide range of operational capabilities, performance, and productivity.

A Biopax spokesperson noted that Speedmaster XL 106’s carbon-neutral certification was also one of the factors for its selection.

Biopax chair Terry Cross said: “In addition to the green benefits, we also realised that Speedmaster XL 106 with Prinect Inpress Control would deliver and exceed our customers’ expectations in regard to their company branding and colour-management strategies.

“To date, we have invested £20m in the latest Heidelberg technology within our 70,000ft² factory.

“We are committed to creating over 170 jobs at our Belfast facility and have commenced initial groundwork on a site-expansion plan which will see us almost double the size of our production and storage facility. This expansion will allow us to invest further into ultrahigh volume flexographic printing and dedicated rotary converting for some of the world’s leading brands.”

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The latest strategic investment by Biopax comes as part of its ongoing initiatives to optimise more sustainable options for its clients.

The company is planning to expand its existing product portfolio with the addition of plastic-free paper cups, tubs, and salad bowls in the near future.

Another strategic growth plan that Biopax is focusing on is the establishment of production capabilities for its sustainable packaging in India, China, and Europe.

It has also invested in Heidelberg’s Mastermatrix die-cutters to replace its old BOBST die-cutting machines.