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Tie-up should give plastic packaging company a clearer advantage

Coventry-based plastic carton, lid, based and sleeve producer Clear Packaging has announced a commercial tie-up with Swiss specialist producer of transparent plastic and thermoformed packaging Stager & Co which will see the two companies collaborate, including financially, from this month (October).

Clear Packaging recently won the Business of the Year Award at the 2007 IOP: The Packaging Society Starpack Awards and, has also launched an RPET material, “CLEaRPET” with a 60% post-consumer waste content.

The fast-growing company employs around a 25 staff and has a current turnover of some £3.25m. Its packaging products are used in food, cosmetics, toiletry and household applications

Stager, a specialist in transparent plastic and thermoformed packaging since 1970, claims in 1986 to have become the world’s first company to use PET extrusion. Headquartered, and with its main production site at Muri in Switzerland, it has participation in a manufacturing plant in Turkey and also operates a German sales office.

Clear says it will benefit via access to Stager’s technical expertise and skills in packaging and processing, and its ability to manufacture “new packaging shapes, designs and constructions – most notably round containers, drums, cylinders and lids and bases.” Investment in new production lines is planned.

Clear Packaging md Ian Jamie says: “I believe by harnessing Stager’s extensive skills and technical expertise to Clear Packaging’s proven success in the UK market our customers will greatly benefit from the new relationship.”

The Clear Packaging management team: (from l-r): Maria Jones, accountant; Neil Farmer, marketing director; Andy Morris, design manager; Phil Blake, estimating; Ian Jamie, managing director; Peter Frisby, production manager; Steve Cook, estimating; Debbie