EXPANSION: Environmentally-friendly water-based printing press part of million-pound expansion

Sirane is expanded into an additional unit, which will house a water-based printing press along with other machines

INNOVATIVE packaging specialists Sirane have made a million-pound plus investment by expanding into a new unit that will also see the installation of an environmentally friendly water-based printing press.

The Telford-based packaging development & manufacturing company, which specialises in absorbent materials, bags, pouches & films and board products, has taken an additional 32,000 sq ft.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “This is big news for us, as it will allow us to significantly expand our Telford operation, and give us the room to install new machinery, and to keep ahead of growing demand.

“Part of the expansion will include a state-of-the-art water-based print press, which should be installed in the unit with a couple of weeks.

“Not only will this allow us to bring much of our printing in house, but it will also mean we can offer a truly environmentally-friendly print service.”

The printing operation will, we believe, be the first in the UK to operate using solely water-based printing – meaning there is no solvents to be disposed of after printing, and no harmful emissions.

Peter Ralten, head of specialist packaging, said: “The new printing press will allow us to run a more environmentally-friendly printing, coating and converting operation, and has been driven by customers concerned about the environment and asking for a more sustainable solution.

“Using our paper-based packaging, Earthfilms and Earthpouch, we will be able to use water-based inks to offer what the market is demanding.”

The new unit – just a few doors down from our existing Telford site on – will also house a range of bag-making and pouch-making machines.

The expansion – and new jobs – are as a result of significant growth in both our food packaging and medical & healthcare divisions. In particular, there has been significant growth in our eco-friendly packaging films, and also in our medical specimen transportation range.

The expansion brings our total manufacturing space in Telford to around 140,000 sq ft. The company also has a site in Norbury, Staffordshire.

Earlier in 2020, Sirane acquired Olympic Packaging – now known as Sirane Stroud – which is a highly respected and successful manufacturer and converter of board products, based in Gloucestershire, supplying the bakery, fish and cake industries among others.

Sirane has four main divisions: food packaging; medical & healthcare; horticultural and industrial. The company has additional manufacturing in Guadalajara (Mexico), and Moscow (Russia).

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