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      Investment in Cutting Edge Technology

      PFF Group has taken delivery of a cutting-edge, thermoforming system at our new Sedgefield site as part of the firm's investment programme.

      The 25-tonne advanced thermoforming system has been developed in partnership with the German manufacturer, Illig Gmbh, Europe’s leading designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance thermoforming machines. It will be used to produce IMPAC-T, PFF’s latest food-grade packaging concept.

      The machine was transported to the UK on five vehicles and is the first of its kind in the world.

      PFF contacted Illig Gmbh two years ago, and challenged them, along with its own technical team, to design a precision-engineered system to produce the firm’s unique rPET hybrid pot with a card wrap in one single process. This in turn offered a large reduction in the overall carbon footprint of the product.

      PFF chose Illig Gmbh because of the company’s well-regarded reputation in the marketplace and the companies’ shared synergies of entrepreneurialism and innovation. This has been a joint project between PFF Group and Illig Gmbh, with the latter rising to the challenge from their base in Heilbronn, Germany.

      PFF’s development team was led by CEO, Andy Bairstow who worked closely with Illig Gmbh throughout the project. PFF and Illig Gmbh colleagues are pictured alongside the new machine, following the Factory Acceptance Test and sign-off in Germany.

      Read more about our new machine here.

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