Expansion means more volume, new designs for Earthcycle Packaging

07/07/2011 09:48:00 AM
Dan Gailbraith

Earthcycle Packaging Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to introduce at least three new designs to the industry during the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in October in Atlanta.

The company’s production mill in Malaysia has been expanded to make room for new machinery, said Shannon Boase, Earthcycle’s chief executive officer.

 Boase said the new machines — which will complement, not replace existing production — would allow the company to produce more of its existing designs as well as add new products, including customized packaging.

“That’s how we’ve positioned ourselves,” she said. “We’ve always done customer-specific designs. If they need something particular, we always entertain that. It’s about meeting customer orders and making customers happy. It’s prudent. You’re not going to bring on new capacity if you can’t sell it. We needed to add capacity, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Boase, whose company specializes in compostable, palm-fiber based packaging, declined to name the brand or number of machines being installed at the production facility. However, she said the new machinery was expected to be online by the end of September.

The new machinery has production capacity double that of the machines Earthcyle has been using since its inception in 2005, Boase said.

“They have much higher capacity,” she said. “There have been technological improvements in the machinery. This is the second generation of vacuum thermoforming machines.”



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