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Sirane to create 100 jobs following expansion investment
Packaging specialist Sirane is expanding its operations in Telford, following an investment of more than £1m.
The expansion into a new 32,000 sq ft unit – just a few doors down from its existing site at Stafford Park 6 – will see the installation of an environmentally friendly water-based printing press and the creation of more than 100 jobs.
The packaging development and manufacturing firm specialises in absorbent materials, bags, pouches, films and board products. The new unit will also house a range of bag making and pouch making machines.
Simon Balderson, Sirane’s managing director, said: “This is big news for us, as it will allow us to significantly expand our Telford operation, and give us the room to install new machinery, and to keep ahead of growing demand.
“Part of the expansion will include a state-of-the-art water-based print press, which should be installed in the unit within a couple of weeks. Not only will this allow us to bring much of our printing in house, but it will also mean we can offer a truly environmentally friendly print service.”
The printing operation is believed to be the first in the UK to operate using solely water-based printing – meaning there are no solvents to be disposed of after printing, and no harmful emissions.
Peter Ralten, head of specialist packaging, added: “The new printing press will allow us to run a more environmentally friendly printing, coating and converting operation, and has been driven by customers concerned about the environment and asking for a more sustainable solution. Using our paper-based packaging, Earthfilms and Earthpouch, we will be able to use water-based inks to offer what the market is demanding.”
The expansion – and new jobs – are a result of significant growth in both its food packaging and medical and healthcare divisions. In particular, there has been significant growth in its eco-friendly packaging films and medical specimen transportation range.
The expansion brings Sirane’s total manufacturing space in Telford to around 140,000 sq ft. The company also has a site in Norbury, Staffordshire.
Earlier in 2020, Sirane acquired Olympic Packaging – now known as Sirane Stroud – a manufacturer and converter of board products, based in Gloucestershire, supplying the bakery, fish and cake industries among others.
Sirane has four main divisions: food packaging, medical and healthcare, horticultural and industrial. The company has additional manufacturing in Guadalajara, Mexico; Wroclaw, Poland; and Moscow, Russia.