UK – Glasgow-based sustainable packaging firm Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging has revealed plans to invest US$16.7 million (£15m) to expand the production capacity of its site in Glasgow, UK.

The company will invest in an innovation and design hub at its 14-acre site at Dawsholm Park, as well as an additional factory, reported BBC.

As part of the self-funded plan, the company will create more than 120 jobs for various roles, as reported by The Herald. These roles will include engineers, product designers and machine operators.

Cullen expects its new factory to address growing global demand for moulded fiber and corrugated cardboard.

The company, which exports to more than 30 countries, said the additional capacity it is planning would double its output to more than one billion pieces per year.

Cullen owner David MacDonald as saying: “It’s hugely exciting. The world’s biggest companies, across multiple industries, are looking to mold fiber to solve many of their sustainability challenges faster than seems possible.

“To win, they need disruptive thinking – brilliant design and inspired innovation – but they also need those new products made at scale. That’s the really hard part but we rise to that seemingly impossible and urgent challenge.”

MacDonald added: “Indeed, the expansion further enhances our ability, enabling Cullen to deliver more than one billion compostable and recyclable products per year.

“That makes us almost unique, globally, at helping to solve the biggest packaging challenges we’ve ever known.”

Based in Glasgow, Cullen manufactures sustainable packaging solutions for retailers, supermarkets, manufacturers, distributors and growers.

In a statement, Cullen said its exports had tripled in the last five years. It now supplies firms in 34 countries.

The company supplies coffee shop cup carriers, molded-fiber healthcare products and protective packaging for goods such as fine wines and high-end electricals to its customers.

Earlier this year, Cullen developed a fiber dry goods packaging product, The Fibre Bottle, which it said enables brands producing vitamins, supplements, dry foods, homecare and horticultural products to remove 270 million single-use plastic bottles or pouches from shelves annually.

The bottle is intended to meet the increasing demand for sustainable solutions from Mcdonald’s, Lidl and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

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