Packaging producer CKF launches new Canadian production line
CKF Inc. has launched a new production line at its Langley, British Columbia factory for its certified home compostable food packaging solution Earthcycle.
The production line will help the designer and producer of global sustainable packaging solutions meet consumer demand for more environmentally sustainable packaging and create 20 jobs, according to a news release.
The Langley plant currently employs 325 of the company’s 1,100 employees. Six of the company’s eight plants are in Canada.
“Earthcycle’s expansion in Langley is driven by rising demands for packaging that reduces carbon footprints, aligns with recycling streams and satisfies consumers’ desire for sustainable options,” Ian Anderson, president of CKF, said in the release.
The plant will also reduce the CKF’s transportation footprint while opening distribution to new markets, the company said. The west coast Canadian production, which uses the latest servo-actuation technology, combined with the original Earthcycle production facilities in Hantsport, Nova Scotia, makes CKF the largest global thermoformed molded pulp manufacturer for the fruit and vegetable packaging market, according to the release.
“Langley’s strategic location near major markets in California, the Pacific Northwest, and western Canada, coupled with access to global trade routes, strengthens our production capabilities,” Anderson said. “It also serves as a hub for further Earthcycle innovation, expanding the product line into new market applications.”
Earthcycle services growers, packers and retail customers with Forest Stewardship Council-certified, home-compostable and widely recyclable packaging for the fresh fruit and vegetable markets.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the plant earlier this month.
“Langley City Council extends sincere congratulations to the CKF Inc. team as you celebrate the launch of this exciting state-of-the-art technology,” Langley Mayor Nathan Pachal said at the ceremony. “We appreciate that this innovative addition to your facility supports sustainable practices and provides new employment opportunities.”