Sustainable packaging in Greater Manchester
An established base
- Three quarters of the world’s top 25 food companies are here.
- A major food and drink cluster with over 700 companies, including McVities, Kellogg’s and Kraft Heinz.
- Over 200 local companies offer expertise in packaging machinery and services.
Skills and research
- Over 11,500 highly skilled workers employed in the packaging industry.
- 4 leading universities create 3,160 industry ready graduates a year, specialising in chemistry, materials, science and engineering.
Access and logistics
- London is just over 2 hours away by train.
- Direct access to over 200 international destinations from Manchester Airport.
- Connected to the global supply chain via the Manchester Ship Canal, Port Salford and the Port of Liverpool.
This opportunity is:
Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.
Supported by government
The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.
Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.
Greater Manchester has the supply chains, skills, research capacity and networks to ensure your success in the development of sustainable packaging solutions.
The area is highly supportive of companies developing products and services which help Manchester become carbon neutral by 2038.
Bobst Manchester, part of Swiss multinational Bobst Group, is a leading supplier of vacuum roll coating and metallising equipment for the food packaging market.
Using the Manchester Metropolitan University’s expertise in surface characterisation techniques, Bobst developed a new commercially viable transparent packaging product.
A major European recycler, Spanish company Saica has its UK headquarters in Manchester. Its investment makes it the 3rd largest company in the UK to recycle paper into corrugated board.
At the Saica Flex innovation centre in Wigan, customers work with Saica to design packaging solutions using a circular manufacturing process.
Skelmersdale based TRAKRAP’s cold wrapping technology is revolutionising packaging of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).
This sustainable packaging solution reduces energy consumption by around 90% and plastic film use by up to 70%. The potential market is huge with around 4,200 suitable production lines in the UK alone.