Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging has opened its new factory extension in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, with the support of a grant from the Scottish Enterprise Federation’s (SEF) Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund (LCMCF).

The factory was opened by Scotland’s minister for Small Business, Trade and Innovation Richard Lochhead, with the announcement being shared by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

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For this factory extension work, the company received a £425,000 grant from the SEF’s LCMCF.

Cullen won this LCMCF grant as a result of its commitment to minimise carbon emissions within its company.

The grant has allowed Cullen to increase its manufacturing capacity with this expansion, as well as to create nearly 34 new job roles while safeguarding 20 jobs.

The company has a current total of 189 employees.

Lochead said: “It’s really exciting to be a part of what is such a major step forward in a project that will play a vital part in protecting our planet, reducing the world’s reliance on single-use plastics and ultimately lowering carbon manufacturing.

“Companies like Cullen Eco Packaging are exactly why we created the Scottish Enterprise Federation.”

Furthermore, the grant will help the company address the increasing requirements for sustainable alternatives to replace plastic packaging and help the associated organisations in achieving their own environmental, social, and governance targets.

Since 2020, the company said it has been working to replace plastic packaging with compostable alternatives. So far, the company has claimed to have replaced 1.2 billion pieces of plastic packaging.

Cullen’s owner David MacDonald said: “Global demand for sustainable alternatives to plastic is soaring, and our Glasgow-headquartered firm is becoming a global leader in the space.

“We use moulded fibre to make compostable packaging for the world’s leading retailers, consumer electronics companies, food and drink chains and medical services.

“Our innovation approach is to do everything in-house from design to creating our own machines, to turning waste into new packaging and manufacturing at mass scale. So, this grant win will further our growth, and put British sustainability manufacturing on the global map.”