Protective packaging specialist, Pregis, has made several recent investments in its European operations to support the growing protective packaging needs of its broad global customer base.
The company recently opened a new energy efficient facility in Stevenage that includes a customer experience and paper specialist centre (PSC) under one roof. The dual purpose facility doubles the output of its 100% recycled paper production to support growing European market needs for paper cushioning and void fill applications.
The additional converting capability includes 100% recycled fanfold paper that is dispensed on demand by Pregis’ Quantum system, for void fill packaging applications. This product line extension is well suited for packing stations requiring high output and optimal worker safety.
The customer experience centre offers customers a hands-on training experience utilising Pregis’ wide portfolio of packaging solutions. Included is a full range of paper and inflatable protective packaging systems, as well as unboxing scenarios and classroom training to help marketers select the right materials for the desired customer experience.
The film and foam specialist centre in Heerlen, The Netherlands, blows film which is turned into roll stock for the company’s broad portfolio of inflatable packaging systems. These systems use minimal material which can be recycled, to provide optimal protection against damage.
‘We are keenly aware that environmental objectives are driving many of today’s packaging decisions. The protective packaging solutions we have created are designed to reduce material consumption and most importantly, eliminate damage. At Pregis, we know that reducing damage is one of the most positive ways to benefit the environment,’ said Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer. ‘Our mission is to protect against damage, preserve the environment and inspire people to do good for the world around us.’
Pregis’ European portfolio also features a wide variety of loose fill options including 100% biodegradable starch based as well as 100% recycled polystyrene material. Both provide an environmentally conscious option for customers that prefer an integrated packaging solution that is suited for high volumes which require minimal labour.
To support the expanded products and services, Pregis is launching a European centric website to showcase its robust portfolio of paper packaging, inflated air systems and loose fill products, as well as the Sharp Packaging Systems by Pregis. The Sharp brand includes poly bagging materials and equipment which has been recently introduced into Europe.