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2 minute read - 7th June 2023

Packaging manufacturer completes £4.2m investment

One of Scotland’s oldest businesses is looking to the future with new machinery that will increase its productivity as an international market leader in its field. Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging is Europe’s only combined manufacturer of moulded pulp and corrugated cardboard packaging.

The project marks a £4.2m total investment by Cullen at its 150,000 sq ft plant in Glasgow, which currently employs 189 people. The project will also see them install solar panels to further improve the factory’s sustainability.

With the help of a £475,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise, the company has been able to extend its Glasgow premises to bring in new machinery to make them even more energy efficient and sustainable, as well as creating 34 new jobs and safeguarding an existing 20. The extension will allow them to supply to every UK branch of burger chain McDonald’s.

The company takes the offcuts from the cardboard boxes it produces for supermarkets and other worldwide customers and turns them into plastic-alternative moulded fibre products for the medical, food and drink, retail, industrial and horticultural and sectors. Their latest innovation is a paper bottle for dry goods that replaces plastic alternatives.

Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging has completed a £4.2m extension of its Glasgow factory / Picture: Scottish Enterprise

Allan Maitland, managing director of Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging, said: “We’re all really excited to share our factory expansion with the public. This additional space will mean that Cullen can manufacture and innovate eco-friendly packaging at an even higher rate, which is paramount given the world’s need for sustainable alternatives to plastic. This will continue to keep Cullen at the forefront of the sustainable packaging revolution and will no doubt mean that we can create even more jobs.”

Neil Francis, managing director for major projects at Scottish Enterprise, added: “Helping innovative Scottish companies to seize the opportunities in the battle against climate change is a real area of focus for Scottish Enterprise. There can be few better examples of this than Cullen, who have been in operation for over 100 years and are now using their expertise to adapt to the industries of the future.”

The award was provided to Cullen from the Scottish Government’s four-year £25m Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund, launched last year. The fund encourages ideas to speed up adoption or development of low carbon products, services, technologies or processes. It aims to reduce emissions from an industry which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and accounts for more than half of Scotland’s exports.

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