News By Wire

Greiner Packaging UK wins Innovation in Sustainability category in Northern Ireland’s first sustainability awards

Dungannon-based Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland won the Innovation in Sustainability category at the Business Eye Sustainability Awards, for its K3® r100 self-separating packaging solution.

GPUK was also highly commended as Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Year, and for Sustainability Team of the Year.

“We are delighted to have won the Innovation in Sustainability category at the Business Eye Sustainability Awards,“ says GPUK General Manager Paul Millar. “Greiner Packaging’s K3® cardboard-plastic innovation is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and was first produced at our Dungannon factory in 2007. It is already one of the most sustainable packaging solutions on the market, with a significantly smaller carbon footprint than other alternative packaging solutions, but our latest innovation – K3® r100 – takes it to a whole new level.”

“K3® r100 is a product innovation that has made the impossible possible – separating cardboard wraps and plastic packaging from one another during the waste disposal process without the need for human intervention. Unlike all previous K3® packaging solutions, an outstanding level of recyclability can be achieved without having to rely on end consumers to separate the items correctly.”

Innovation, sustainability and team work

“Sustainability is central to everything we do at Dungannon, so to be highly commended as a Sustainable Manufacturing Business and for our hard-working team to be recognised in the Sustainability Team of the Year category are important accolades,” says GPUK Sustainability and Innovation Manager Rachel Sheldon. “Last December, we were the first packaging manufacturer in Northern Ireland to gain the Sustainably Sourced Plastics (SSP) Certification, and the first Greiner Packaging factory in the world to be awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Chain of Custody certification. These two certifications came only three months after the European Food Standards Agency approved the process we use to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials.”

“While it is great to see our sustainability team celebrated, we value every individual in our 310+ workforce – from the many younger employees on our apprentice schemes to the 33 colleagues with over 25 years’ experience,” says GPUK People & Culture Leader Kyla McCracken. “Alongside our award-winning Greiner Gold Apprentice scheme, we have just launched our new Greiner Process Apprenticeship, and are proud that for the second time, we have been awarded Gold accreditation from Investors in People. For the third year, we have also retained our Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation.”

“As a leading packaging producer, we are committed to delivering innovative products, so winning an award for K3® r100 is a tribute to our innovation and ongoing commitment to sustainability,” concludes Paul Millar. “We are just back from the Packaging Innovations show at the NEC where we parked a truck carrying our ‘We love sustainable packaging’ message at the entrance, to remind everyone that we aim to maximize plastic reduction, introduce reusable systems, incorporate recycling content, and strive for the best recyclability for our products, working towards a circular economy.”


Press release information


Image File:


Area / Region:

Notes to editors

About the Business Eye Sustainability Awards The inaugural Business Eye Sustainability Awards, in association with Strategic Power Connect, were staged at the Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast on the evening of Thursday, 23rd February, 2023. Local businesses, and business leaders, were invited to enter a comprehensive range of 13 categories, including awards aimed at sectors such as food & drink, hospitality & tourism, manufacturing and retail. About Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland Based in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2022. The company recently invested over £3.7M in a new PET decontamination and extrusion line to enable the use of more recycled materials in its market-leading packaging ranges. This is the latest step in Greiner Packaging UK and Ireland’s continued commitment to innovate, increase capacity and reduce its carbon footprint. The European Food Safety Authority has now approved the decontamination process to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials. About Greiner Packaging Greiner Packaging International is a leading European manufacturer of plastic packaging in the food and nonfood sectors. The company has enjoyed a reputation for outstanding solutions expertise in the fields of development, design, production, and decoration for over 60 years. Greiner Packaging responds to the challenges of the market with two business units: Packaging and Assistec. While the Packaging unit focuses on innovative packaging solutions, the Assistec unit is dedicated to producing custom-made technical parts. Greiner Packaging employs a workforce of over 4,900 people at more than 30 locations in 19 countries around the world. In 2021, the company generated annual sales revenues of EUR 772 million (including joint ventures), which represents almost 35% of Greiner’s total sales. Further information:

Media contact

Media contact name:

Bill Bruce

Media contact business / organisation:

Bill Bruce Communications

Media contact telephone:

07799 347046

Media contact email:

All done!
Thank you for subscribing.

Email Subscription