New tray sealing machine cuts down on waste

By Dominique Patton

- Last updated on GMT

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UK-based Packaging Automation Ltd is to launch a new tray sealing
machine at the Foodex Meatex show in April, which promises to cut
costs for food producers and also reduce waste.

The company, which claims to be market leader in tray sealing equipment, has developed a patented fully automatic tray sealing machine, which reduces the amount of film packaging waste created during the process by up to 33 per cent. The UK food industry accounts for 10 per cent of all industrial and commercial waste or 6.5 million tonnes, according to the government, and is under pressure to significantly reduce waste, especially from packaging. Called the 'Eco-cut', the machine could lead to additional cost savings for manufacturers aside from using less film, according to Packaging Automation. The machine seals reel-fed film to plastic, board or foil trays and has the potential to increase productivity by up to 20 per cent by reducing downtime, a problem traditionally associated with sealing machines in the past, it claims. The machine is currently undergoing production trials prior to the official launch at the Foodex Meatex show at the NEC in Birmingham in April where the company will demonstrate how it works. Packaging Automation Ltd produces a range of equipment including volumetric, filling and sealing machines, conveyors and other ancillary equipment. The UK's Food and Drink Federation launches a five-fold environmental impact reduction plan in October 2007. "Reducing waste is a key part of that bold plan and we will be working with Wrap[Waste & Resources Action Programme],and others, to cut the amount of food and packaging waste that ends up in household bins and landfill,"​ said director of communications Julian Hunt at that time. In outlining a five-point plan to reach those targets the FDF pledged that its members would cut packing materials by 340,000 tonnes by 2010, from the 4.6m tonnes used in 2005, a reduction of 13 per cent. The FDF also said its members would achieve a 20 per cent absolute reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010 compared to 1990. Industry would also attempt to reach a further 10 percentage point reduction by 2020. The companies pledged that no food and packaging waste would go to landfill from 2015. They committed to making a significant contribution to achieve an absolute reduction in the level of packaging reaching households by 2010 compared to 2005.

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