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), Wroclaw (Poland) and Moscow (Russia). 

Earthpad - our paper-based absorbent pad solution

IF you're heading to CFIA, one of our newer, sustainable packaging solutions worth checking out is our Earthpad - a paper-based absorbent pad perfect for use with meat, seafood, fruit & more.

The Earthpad Resource is aimed at anyone wanting to go green - it’s an absorbent pad which is both compostable and recyclable with the paper.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Sirane’s constantly evolving its products, and we realised there was a need in the market for a compostable & recyclable pad solution.

“Our Earthpad Resource has been well received in the market - and will be the first of many new developments in this area. Sirane’s always been a solutions company, and this is a long-term solution for a product that’s needed across the industry - the humble but vital absorbent pad - in a more eco-friendly format.”

Sirane’s Earth Packaging range – our sustainable, compostable and recyclable packaging solutions – will be a major focus when we exhibit at CFIA; and Earthpad Resource forms part of that range.

Earthpad Resource absorbent pads are a cellulose absorbent layer, bonded to a paper-based top or bottom layer with a bio-polymer coating. We have run successful trials with tray-makers in high-speed operations, who were packing fruit.

The pads have potential use within fruit, meat and seafood industries and more.

Earthpad Resource is available in any size, shape or configuration, including slit rolls. They are currently available in white, with a range of colours available soon. A range of absorbency grades are available - from 800cc/M2 up to 10,000cc/M2.

Earthpad Resource is available in single or double sided pad formats and is unique in its construction, made without the use of glues.

Other products in our Earth Packaging range include plastic-free pouches and films (Earthpouch and Earthfilm), and our new recyclable sandwich packs (Earthwedge).

Sirane recently hit the news in France with a salad packaging solution developed by us as part of a project working with some major brands in the country.

(RE)SET Packaging are a consultancy company specialised in the circular economy, who looked worldwide for the most innovative providers of sustainable packaging working in the food sector. Carrefour and LSDH (owners of the Les Crudettes salad brand) signed up to an ambitious pact, with Carrefour promising to make all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Sirane was among the innovative packaging suppliers shortlisted to work on potential solutions – and nine months on the plastic-free packaging solution is the first potential (RE)SET Packaging product launch on the horizon.

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

CFIA is scheduled to run at the Parc Expo Rennes Aéroport, Rennes, from September 29 to October 1, 2020. Sirane can be found at the Stand E21.

For more information on our stand at CFIA, or to make an appointment, contact Thierry Soto, email thierry.soto@sirane.com  or call +44 7483 984622.

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