Associated Packaging Technologies (APT), one of the world's leading suppliers of food trays based in North America, has announced plans to significantly expand its existing polypropylene and multi-layer thermoforming capabilities. The company has begun a multi-million dollar investment in its Cambridge, Ontario, Canada plant which will increase capacity for polypropylene thermoforming as well as enable it to manufacture technologically advanced multi-layer trays that satisfy high oxygen barrier requirements. The company is projecting a growth in demand for trays for shelf-stable entrees, refrigerated, and prepared foods.
Mark Staton, the company's CEO, comments, "We will be expanding upon our existing polypropylene and barrier capabilities, and incorporating those into our proprietary rotary thermoforming technology. The expansion will provide an additional avenue for growth and is eventually expected to generate additional employment in our Cambridge plant." APT is the world's largest vertically integrated manufacturer of CPET dual-ovenable containers for the food industry, the leading source for plastic food trays in the North American frozen food industry and also the first supplier (in partnership with ConAgra) to bring recycled PET frozen food trays to North America.