Quinn Packaging will be investing more than €3m to install a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheet extrusion line at its facility in Ballyconnell, Ireland, in order to increase its meat tray manufacturing capabilities.
The line will be procured from Austrian extrusion equipment supplier SML and is expected to be fully commissioned later this year.
The firm expects the proposed investment to expand its business capacity for PET sheet and meat tray production, as well as turn into a 'major player' in the rigid food packaging market.
Quinn Packaging general manager Mark McKenna said: "This investment in Quinn Packaging will allow the company to further develop its' presence within the rigid food packaging sector and represents a commitment to our 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."
The Ballyconnell facility expands over a 19,000m² area and produces multiple packaging solutions, including meat and poultry trays, mushroom punnets and dairy spread containers.