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Two Northern Ireland firms steal the show at Packaging Innovations at the NEC

Newry-based Surefreight and Dungannon-based Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland made a major statement at the Packaging Innovations show at the NEC, parking a truck carrying Greiner’s “We love sustainable packaging” message at the entrance.

“It’s great to know that thousands of visitors to this important UK packaging event saw Greiner’s message,” says Surefreight Business Development Manager Stuart Ferris. “Greiner Packaging is a valued partner, and we are proud to promote its sustainability message as it so closely aligns with our own environmental values. We understand the value of getting people to think about packaging and sustainability, and half a dozen of our trailers now help to tell this important story.”

“The six new 13.6 m long trailers each have a 26 pallet capacity, or 52 pallets when double-stacked,” says GPUK Warehouse & Distribution Manager Gavin Lee. “The lightweight nature of our packaging solutions means we can ship large quantities on each delivery, reducing the number of journeys required, which also contributes to our sustainability story.”


Join the Circular rEVOLUTION

“We wanted to ensure that all visitors to the Packaging Innovations show saw our ‘We love sustainable packaging’ message and understood that Greiner Packaging is your trusted innovative partner in delivering a circular economy,” says GPUK General Manager Paul Millar.

With the theme: “Join the Circular rEVOLUTION”, a surprise guest on the booth helped the company celebrate the 40th anniversary of its K3® sustainable packaging solution.


K3® – the original since 1982

K3®, Greiner Packaging’s innovative cardboard-plastic packaging solution was first launched in 1982, and ‘Elvis’ was at the booth the explain how K3® is often imitated, but never equaled.

“Our K3® packaging solution has led the way in sustainability for 40 years,” says Paul Millar. “First developed at the time of an oil crisis, to use less plastic, K3® is now used by thousands of brands worldwide, who love its ever-evolving sustainability credentials and effective and efficient performance.

“The outer wrap features a tear-tab which enables consumers to intuitively separate the cardboard from the plastic to enable recycling, and many brands use the reverse of the wrap for promotions and to tell their sustainability story. But to bring the 40 years up to date, we are proud to now be producing K3® r100.”


K3® r100 the self-separating packaging solution

“Our amazing K3® r100 cup is the highlight of the show,” says GPUK Sustainability and Innovation Manager Rachel Sheldon. “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.”


Certified sustainable

“At the start of the year we were proud to announce that GPUK is 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,” says Paul Millar. “These certifications came only three months after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved the decontamination process used at our factory in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials.”

“As a leading packaging producer, we are committed to delivering innovative products. 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.”

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About Surefreight Established in 1989, Newry-based Surefreight has grown to become one of the top haulage operators between Ireland and England. With depots located in strategic locations across the UK, including: Newry, Cardiff, Bradford, Heysham, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, the company now employees in excess of 250 members of staff across these sites. With over 200 tractor units – including the flagship Scania Golden Griffin – and 500 trailers working out of Cardiff, Newry and Heysham, Surefreight is well placed to offer domestic and cross channel solutions. 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.  

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