London, UK – August 2020 – Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, announces its commitment to expand its post-consumer recycled PET extrusion capacity by 17,500 metric tonnes, which significantly increases it’s capacity for thermoformed recyclable protein trays in North America. The multimillion-dollar capacity expansion will be located among the eight, North American locations that are best situated to serve its sustainable consumer and protein packaging customer base.
The extrusion capacity expansion which includes special super-cleaning technology, supports the continuous, increased demand for a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content (PCR), in various consumer and health packaging applications. The thermoforming expansion responds to an increasing demand for sustainable PCR solutions in strategic markets our customers operate in. By increasing capacity for sustainable packaging solutions, we are ensuring that our customer’s sustainability targets can be met in the future.
The 17,500 tonne extrusion expansion supports the increased consumer demand for curb-side recyclable options, supporting closed loop packaging, and a circular economy. “As major brands announce robust, sustainability initiatives that includes post-consumer and recyclable packaging, kp will be positioned to service those market needs for the foreseeable future” said Scott Tracey, kp’s CEO. “The extra capacity will also go a long way in supporting our company’s goals for product innovations and sustainability.”
Globally, this is the fourth major expansion for kp. In March they announced a 30% capacity expansion at their Cotia, Brazil location and in June kp broke ground at their central Virginia location that increased it pharmaceutical films capacity by 6,000 metric tonnes.
Focused on delivering its vision: The Sustainable Protection of Everyday Needs, kp is a global leader in rigid and flexible packaging, and specialty film solutions, serving the pharmaceutical, medical device, and protein markets, amongst others. With a broad and innovative portfolio of packaging and product films and services, kp plays an integral role in the customer value chain by safeguarding product integrity, protecting brand reputation and improving sustainability. kp’s “Investing in Better” sustainability strategy solidifies its commitment to achieving ten clear targets for long-term improvement by increasing recycling and recyclability of products, cutting carbon emissions and continuous improvement in employee engagement, safety, and diversity, equity and inclusion. kp has earned a gold rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social, and ethical performance ratings, putting kp in the top 3% of companies rated in the manufacturing of plastics products sector. Founded in 1965 kp has 31 plants in 18 countries and employs over 5,700 people committed to serving customers worldwide in over 60 locations.
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