BOARD: Sirane acquiring board manufacturer: eco-friendly sandwich pack first new development…

SIRANE is about to complete the acquisition of a UK-based manufacturer of board products – with an eco-friendly sandwich pack also about to be released.

Olympic is a highly respected and successful manufacturer of board products supplying the bakery, fish and cake industries among others.

Based just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire, they have specialised board processing equipment and are highly skilled in board processing operations. Key products include salmon boards, cake boards, U-cards, sleeves and sandwich boards.

They supply throughout the UK through both via distributors and direct sales.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “This acquisition is a strategic step for Sirane to enhance and improve our product offering into new areas of the food industry.

“In particular it supports our continued development into plastic replacement technology for all types of food. Olympics’ product range is based around fibrous board products, many of which are compostable and recyclable.

“We plan to extend this product range, using our Earth Packaging banner, into all areas of food packaging which currently use plastic-coated and laminated boards.”

An eco-friendly and plastic-free sandwich pack is one of the developments which the acquisition will allow Sirane to manufacture. The packs – branded as Earthwedge – will combine recyclable boards with our plastic-free coated papers.

“The result is a sandwich pack, with a window, which gives the required barrier, but which is completely free of plastic,” added Simon Balderson, “Earthwedge will remove a lot of unnecessary plastic from supermarket shelves.

“This will be the first of many innovative new products which combine existing Sirane technology with the board-processing operations at Olympic.

“Our acquisition of B&G Products nearly two years ago allowed us to access new markets, and increase of level of innovations, and Olympic offers similar opportunities, with opportunities in new areas. We now intend to invest strongly in equipment, skills, marketing and research and development to achieve this.”

Our Earth Packaging range includes a range of products which are easily recyclable, and includes plastic-free pouches and films and paper-based absorbent pads, as well as thermally-insulated bags and other recyclable board products.

Sirane is an innovative food packaging development-to-manufacture company, with expertise in absorbency and material science. Specialisms include bags and pouches, absorbent products, shelf-life extension and dual-ovenable products.

We’ll be at Packaging Innovations at Birmingham’s NEC later this week – February 26-27. Our stand at the show is L30 – right next to the popular Eco-Pack Theatre.

Simon Balderson will be delivering a seminar in the Eco-Pack Theatre on Thursday, February 27th – “Plastic food packaging: a tough act to follow.”

We’re also exhibiting at CFIA in Rennes from March 10-12 – find us at E21.

For more information, contact Jeremy Haydn-Davies, on 01952 230055, email

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