International packaging firm makes significant relocation within East Cambs

Local company Faerch Plast (formerly Anson Packaging) recently opened the doors of its impressive new UK headquarters and design facility on Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely.

Hosted by the company’s Managing Director, the MP for South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer, joined East Cambridgeshire District Council’s economic development officers for a behind the scenes look at their new advanced research and design facilities.

Faerch Plast specialise in packaging for the food industry. This recent HQ investment comes on top of significant expansion of its high volume manufacturing facilities in Sutton near Ely during 2016. The company produces plastic packaging for fresh meat, ready meals and ‘food to go’. The firm has an ‘A- list’ client base linked to the supermarket sector and has been a leading force in the food supply chain since 1969.

Managing Director Andrew Osborne-Smith said “Following the successful opening of our new Design Innovation Hub at Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely, on Friday 13th October, we welcomed South East Cambs Member of Parliament, Lucy Frazer to our facility.   It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our continued investment into the region and we valued the opportunity of discussing our current position and future developments.   We were very grateful that Lucy Frazer was able to visit.”

The opening of the new facilities draws existing employees from within the region and creates new skilled job opportunities driven by the company’s impressive growth ambitions.  During the visit the firm’s commitment to waste reduction and environmental programmes was also of special interest.

MP Lucy Frazer said “It was a pleasure to meet with senior management and employees of Faerch Plast, one of East Cambridgeshire’s leading food supply chain specialists. On a guided tour of its facilities, I was fascinated to hear about Faerch Plast’s past and future expansion plans; welcome news for jobs and growth in our area and a vote of confidence in East Cambridgeshire’s vibrant economy. We discussed business drivers in the food supply chain industry and the challenges of Brexit. Thank you to Faerch Plast for hosting me.”

Councillor Steve Cheetham, Service Delivery Champion for Economic Development at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is very encouraging to see businesses like Faerch Plast, who already have premises in the district, choose to grow within East Cambridgeshire. Enterprise East Cambridgeshire is highly focussed on increasing the region’s strong business reputation whilst making it a great place to live. Faerch Plast’s investment in their new headquarters is testament to that and I wish them all the very best for the future.”

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