Kl?ckner Pentaplast adds thermoforming capabilities in North America
Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) has chosen its production facility in Beaver, West Virginia, for its multi-million dollar production expansion, adding thermoforming capabilities to further grow their sustainable food tray offer to the North American market.
“The addition responds to the growing demand for sustainable post-consumer recycled content (PCR) PET packaging solutions in MAP (modified atmosphere packaging) and VSP (vacuum skin packaging) in the fresh protein market.” said Adam Barnett, President of the Food Products Division at kp. This expansion will introduce significant capacity to address the need for highly transparent and sustainable solutions in strategic markets. By increasing capacity for sustainable packaging solutions, we are ensuring that our customer’s sustainability targets can be met for the long term and that we continue to support the circular economy.”
The trays will be made from 100% PCR using advanced technology upgrades to extrusion assets including super cleaning technology for leading food safety compliance. The investment will convert thousands of tonnes of PCR bottles into food safe packaging.
The addition is part of kp’s North America expansion plans, previously announced in August. The company received a grant and local incentives for the placement. The installation will add 21 jobs to the West Virginia facility and is expecting to be fully operational Q2 2021.