Norfolk packaging printer Polyprint has announced an investment in a fourth high-speed wicketing machine – which means it will be able to produce over one million printed food bags per day.
The move comes as increased demand for printed plastic wholesale bags in the food sector – used for products such as bread and bananas – has seen Polyprint’s products on the shelves of every major supermarket in the UK.
The new machine, made by Brussels-based Hudson Sharp, converts polythene film from a reel into a wicketed bag, and has a capacity of 15,000 bags per hour.
It is the company’s fourth such investment since it started offering printed plastic bags in 2010, and will increase its potential capacity by 20 per cent, to a staggering 200 million bags a year.
“We are experiencing massive demand for wicketed bags,” explained Polyprint managing director Jonathan Neville. “When we invested in our first bag-making machine in 2010, we thought we would have ample capacity; it is a reflection of how far we have progressed, especially in the food packaging sector, that we have now had to add a fourth machine.
“With this extra capacity, and with the factory now working 24/5 on a three-shift pattern, we will be in a strong position to compete for even more work in this vibrant sector.”