CKF, Inc. is pleased to announce the commencement of operations of two significant capital projects. In December 2022, CKF began extruding its rPET at its Rexdale, Ontario facility and in January 2023, west coast production of its Earthcycle™ line of thermoformed molded pulp began at its Langley, British Columbia plant.
Earthcycle services growers, packers and retail customers with FSC-certified, home-compostable and widely recyclable packaging for the fresh fruit and vegetable markets. The west coast Canadian production, combined with the original Earthcycle production facilities located in Hantsport, Nova Scotia, makes CKF a sizable global thermoformed pulp manufacturer for this market sector. Having expanded production on the west coast improves access to Earthcycle for markets in California, the Pacific Northwest and the large and export-oriented growing areas in Latin and South America.
As Canadian retail sees coalescence around rPET/PET as its choice for packaging, CKF made the investment in an extrusion operation to help build the scale and standardization required for a sustainable, circular economy for rPET. The extrusion facility supports CKF’s rPET packaging operations in Delta, British Columbia and the recently acquired Packright Manufacturing Ltd.
“Our capital investments are evidence of the commitments CKF has towards making packaging widely recyclable or home compostable and in turn helping customers meet their sustainability goals,” says Ian Anderson, president. “We are well positioned to offer North American and global customers sustainable packaging solutions that meet the needs of their performance criteria.”
CKF will display its lineup of Earthcycle packaging for produce at its booth at the upcoming Fruit Logistica show (Hall 23 Stand A-30/31) in Berlin from February 8th-10th, 2023. The company will also display its range of rPET and Earthcycle packaging solutions at the CPMA Show in April 2023.
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