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06-01-2015

APPE Makes Major Investment in UK Preform Plant

PET packaging specialist, APPE, has announced a major GBP 10 million investment in its UK preform manufacturing platform. This is the one of the largest investments in the Gresford plant since PET preform production commenced there just over 30 years ago and confirms its position as the largest preform manufacturing plant in Europe.

Injection molding hall in Gresford, UK (figure: APPE)

The investment will support the installation of five state-of-the-art Husky preform injection molding systems and the latest generation ancillary equipment including silos, resin drying systems and water chilling systems. The investment comes on the back of several extremely successful years and will support both an increase in sales and development of the manufacturing platform of the business.

The installation of the new injection molding machines has resulted in a 1.5 billion unit annual capacity increase at the plant, taking the overall capacity to 8 billion units per year, or an average of just under 22 million per day. This huge volume of production is made possible through a high level of automation, including upgrading the fleet of automatic guided vehicles.

“APPE has successfully renewed existing contracts and has also won new business despite our parent company (LSB) entering voluntary insolvency in 2013,” said George Hendry, APPE U.K.’s Commercial Director. Plastipak Packaging Inc. was announced as the successful bidder for APPE, following the insolvency of parent company, LSB. The sale is expected to complete in the summer.

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