Liquid Packaging Rapid Fire Q&A

Camvac’s Andrew Smith, Key Account Manager and Liquid Packaging expert, discusses bulk packaging, carbon footprints, and the wider benefits of flexible packaging with a rapid fire Q&A with Packaging Europe.

Your elevator pitch: introduce and sell us your company in no more than 280 characters.

For 30 years, Camvac has been a supplier of barrier laminates for liquid packaging in bag-in-box, aseptic bag-in-drum, IBC, and flexitank formats; combining our vacuum coating barrier technology and capability to manufacture both adhesive and thermal laminates in slit rolls up to 2200mm wide.

Where are your company’s locations? Are there any specific challenges or advantages relating to your geographical location that you could tell us about?

Based in the UK, Camvac benefits from strong transport links by road, rail, and sea to Europe and within an hour of a major international shipping port for its global customer base. Brexit trade deals and future global trade deals may open further opportunities for Camvac.

Tell us a surprising fact about the market you work in.

Consumers may not realise that this packaging is used to globally ship, protect, preserve, and supply many different food products: wine, fruit juice, tomatoes, eggs, dairy items. Annually, over 2 billion litres of liquid products are filled into packaging using Camvac technology.

At Packaging Europe, we like to watch trends and areas of innovation as they evolve. Can you tell us something we might not be aware of that is driving technology in your sphere?

Bulk liquid packaging is growing. The format has a lower carbon footprint than many alternative packaging options and can use recyclable materials and reusable containers. Camvac’s focus is the development of laminates that may enable full bag recycling and pack weight reduction.

What would you say is the biggest common misconception that you encounter in your business?

The significant carbon footprint benefits and reduction of food waste using this packaging format has been lost in the media portrayal of “plastic”, however Camvac continues to innovate solutions for the market, improving recyclability and sustainability and reducing pack weight.

If the wider packaging industry could be transformed in some way, what kind of change would you like to see?

A unified approach outlining the positive benefits of flexible packaging to the consumer, aligned with investment from industry and government with a focus on collecting materials and enabling mixed plastics to be recycled with innovative outlets for re-use in new applications.

…and how do you envisage your company changing the industry in the coming years?

Camvac will launch new products that could transform the recycling capability of many packaging formats used by our customers and end-users. Our barrier coating and lamination technologies will innovate new possibilities as we move into a more sustainable future.

Shift Quality Control Inspector

Shift Quality Control Inspector Thetford Norfolk

An exciting position has become available at a growing company. Camvac is based in Thetford in Norfolk and employs 135 people. The business laminates and slits in-house produced vacuum coated clear and metallised barrier films for the packaging and industrial sectors. Key markets include the liquid packaging (bag-in box), food, insulation, and medical sectors. The business works to tight manufacturing tolerances and is developing new film structures for specialist market applications, along with sustainable packaging solutions. Camvac is known as an innovator in vacuum technology and holds numerous patents in this area, some of which are being used in some of the new highly technical markets it’s getting into.

We are currently looking to recruit a Shift Quality Control Inspector. The successful applicant will be working on a 3 rotating shift basis, within our quality team, based in Thetford (Norfolk UK). This is a permanent position.

The role will involve co-ordinating quality control of all components that go into single-ply and laminated film structures. Including raw materials at material intake and validation of the materials at various stages of the conversion process. Ensuring products are being produced in accordance agreed specifications and that all agreed testing protocols are being adhered to. The ideal applicant would have a previous experience of a quality control role in a fast-moving production environment, be able to demonstrate good problem-solving skills and have an eye for detail. Strong communication skills both verbal and written along with the ability to work under their own initiative are essential attributes for this role. The ideal candidate would also be computer literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Experience using SAP would be preferable, however full training on SAP would be given.

Camvac offer comprehensive training and development, priding ourselves on a safe working environment.

Normal hours of work are 40 hours per week. Monday to Friday. The normal shift pattern is   22.00–06.00, 0600-1400, 14.00-22.00 on a 3-week rotating shift pattern.

Benefits include 25 days paid holiday per year plus the Bank Holiday, Company Pension Scheme and free car parking.

Salary will be £21,784.80, including shift pay, per annum.

If you wish to apply for this role then please e-mail your current CV and a covering letter to:     richard.kerry@camvac.com

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Due to continued business growth Camvac’s recruitment drive continues.

We now have various apprenticeship positions available across our business.

The following departments all have apprenticeship positions available;

  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Technical Support

If you wish to apply for one of the apprenticeship roles then please e-mail your current CV and a covering letter to:     richard.kerry@camvac.com stating why you feel you should be Camvac’s next apprentice.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions Innovation Spotlight

Sustainable Packaging Solutions - Extrapet Recyclable Lidding Film

Camvac discusses its growing range of sustainable packaging solutions and exciting new partnership.

Camvac is one of the leading global suppliers of metallised film as well as clear barrier films and laminates for a wide range of food packaging, liquid packaging (Bag-in-Box solutions), medical applications, construction, and insulation products. Being at the forefront of technological developments, Camvac works closely with our customers to develop new products within the film, laminates and packaging sectors. This is no more evident than Camvac’s latest innovation partnership with PlastoSac UK Ltd.

PlastoSac UK, are a major manufacturer and supplier of flexible and corrugated packaging, who have partnered with fellow UK based packaging experts Camvac Limited. The partnership will see the two companies work in tandem to bring to market a widely recyclable metallised barrier PE, which will be commercially available later this year.

The new partnership came as PlastoSac contacted Camvac as they realised there was a market demand for a widely recyclable barrier PE to challenge the non-recyclable alternatives such as BOPP and PP films, as the world looks for more environmentally friendly packaging solutions. The two packaging companies seek to bring their seventy-plus years of packaging expertise to create what will be a market leading packaging film.

PlastoSac have already successfully launched a fully recyclable PE film into the marketplace. The PE film has rapidly grown in popularity with UK Retailers, Packers, Food Processors and Equipment Manufacturers. Being adapted on a large scale throughout the produce sector, for short shelf life applications and for other longer shelf life foodstuffs where a barrier is not required.

PlastoSac’s MD James Whitehead states ‘There is a need for a barrier solution where longer shelf life is required and where a gas barrier is required. As part of PlastoSac’s ongoing development plan PSFPE is being adapted for barrier and other specialist technical applications.

To successfully bring a fully recyclable barrier PE to market, PlastoSac needed the metallisation expertise Camvac possess. Choosing to partner with Camvac for the development of this barrier PE came as a direct result of Camvac’s market leading metallisation and lamination processes, proven track record and heritage of product development success. This paired with Camvac’s excellent dedicated team with a strong technical and project led approach has led to initial testing results showing positive barrier levels for oxygen and moisture. Further testing is already underway by Camvac and it is anticipated a commercial product will be readily available later this year.

When commercially available, intended uses for the metallised barrier PE will be longer shelf life applications where a gas barrier is required and where the products are sensitive to Oxygen. The food packaging market is crying out for a widely recyclable barrier PE for use in the snacks market (particularly crisps, popcorn & nuts) alongside the coffee beverage market.

Camvac’s product range is constantly developing and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the consumer. As a company Camvac aims to bring new products to market as part of their ongoing development growth strategy, alongside working tirelessly to enhance their existing product ranges. No more so than their recent Thermal Laminate re-launch.

Over recent years Camvac has invested heavily into technological advances enabling sustainable packaging solutions to be available across most of their product portfolio. The outcome of these investments is the Camvert Range. Camvert has been precisely designed to provide the packaging industry with sustainable packaging solutions. These advances have been developed to reduce the packaging material to a level where it does not affect shelf life of the product but is also environmentally friendly and sustainable.

One of the key products within Camvac’s Camvert range is their market leading transparent barrier polyester laminate, Extrapet.

Extrapet is used globally as a high barrier lidding film in two key laminate structures: 12 micron / 15 micron or 12 micron / 25 micron PET structures. Extrapet is used for a wide range of processed meats, fresh meats, poultry, pastas, vegetable and bakery, where presentation and fresh appearance is critical, Extrapet provides a variety of environmentally friendly solutions in peel and non-peel, anti-fog and high barrier options.

As a direct result of Extrapet being an all PET (mono material) structure, the potential of total recyclability, where post-consumer collection infrastructure exist, is possible. Extrapet can also include the benefit of recycled content within the manufacture. During the manufacturing process, Extrapet uses Camvac’s AlOx coated transparent barrier film Camclear.

To find out more about Camvac’s sustainable packaging solutions, innovative metallisation processes, film possibilities and the progress of the PlastoSac UK partnership, visit www.camvac.com

COVID-19 hasn’t locked down our expansion plans

camfresh camvert compostable lidding film

Across the packaging industry there have been mixed messages on the effects of COVID-19 on businesses. Plenty of companies haven’t needed to furlough staff, and many have in fact seen spikes in production. In this article, Greg Kingham, CEO of Camvac, explains the impact of COVID on his company’s plans for the future, particularly the Southern Europe expansion.

Camvac is a UK-based, leading global supplier of metallised films, clear barrier films and laminates for a wide range of food packaging, liquid packaging, medical applications, and insulation products. Before the start of the lockdown period in the UK, we had a successful Packaging Innovations exhibition, launching our new home compostable metallised acetate film, Cambrite Camvert. As the pandemic grew, we started to witness an increase in demand for products used in the healthcare, food and liquid packaging markets, something which at the time was not expected.

As a company, we needed to maintain supply into these critical sectors, along with other speciality markets, which led to us increasing our manufacturing output by moving from a two-shift operation to a three-shift 24 hour, 5 day operation. This increase in shift production is testament to Camvac’s willingness to meet their customer expectations. We did experience some raw material supply chain issues during the peak, but the Camvac team worked tirelessly to minimise the disruption this could have caused – with great support also from many of our suppliers.

Demand for our Extrapet material has increased substantially, not only during the pandemic but since the emergence of debates on packaging sustainability. Extrapet is a transparent barrier polyester laminate, which is used in a wide range of lidding film applications, including processed meats, fresh meats, poultry, pasta, vegetables and baked goods, where presentation and freshness are critical. Extrapet is an all-PET, mono-material structure available in peel and non-peel, anti-fog and high barrier options.

In 2019 we started to introduce a greater range of sustainable packaging solutions under our Camvert range. COVID-19 has not put a stop to Camvac’s ambitious growth plans, with new products coming to fruition and existing barrier films being re-launched during the pandemic.

To further reinforce this, we are currently appointing a Sales Agent and Distributor for Southern Europe, a packaging professional with over 20 years sales and business development experience within the plastic packaging industry. His objective will be to grow Camvac’s customer base in Southern Europe, particularly Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

A key market for our new sales agent at Camvac will be expanding our environmentally friendly films. We are now in a position whereby we can offer excellent barrier films that are recyclable, alongside compostable options.

Having this new sales representative in the Southern European Region, further strengthens the uniqueness Camvac offers our customers.

We not only manufacture high quality barrier films, but we pride ourselves on working in partnership with our customers to exceed their needs and develop new products within the film, laminates, and packaging sectors. Having this new and experienced sales professional in the field will help us in supporting our European Customers whilst we strive to meet our ambitious Southern Europe expansion plans.

We’re Hiring

Shift Quality Control Inspector Thetford Norfolk

As a result of continued business growth, Camvac are looking to add to our manufacturing team.

We have open applications for the roles of:

  • Shift Manager
    We are currently recruiting a Shift Manager to help strengthen and lead our Operations team as we continue to grow and develop our business.
    Job Type: Full-time, Permanent position.
    Apply HERE

  • Shift Maintenance Engineer
    Multi-Skilled Shift based Maintenance Engineer required. Must have a broad range of experience and be both electrically and mechanically qualified.
    Good working knowledge of PLCs , Siemens 5 & 7, control systems and variable speed drives
    Job Type: Full-time, Permanent position
    Apply HERE

  • Shift Production Operatives
    Due to rapid business growth we are looking for experienced shift based Machine Operators to manufacture and slit metallised and laminate films.
    Apply HERE

All jobs are advertised on indeed.co.uk where you can find out more information and apply directly.

 

Improved Thermal Laminate Launched

Camvac thermal laminate launched

Camvac, a leading supplier of barrier films and laminates, both metallised and transparent, has re-launched their Thermal Laminate product range with enhanced product performance.

The high-performance, metallised triplex Thermal Laminate range is part of the Camplex product portfolio and is predominantly used within the manufacture of Bag-in-Box and bulk liquid packaging solutions. The thermal lamination range provides excellent seal strength, seal integrity and flexibility, which are key performance parameters in the packing and transportation of liquids.

The metallised polyester film and conversion into metallised thermal laminate has been developed in-house. Camvac’s barrier film technology provides high oxygen barrier properties, maximising product shelf-life from packing through to consumption. Manufacturing of Camvac’s Thermal Laminate utilises the businesses Camplus® process to enhance the oxygen barrier and in combination with its improved thermal lamination technology delivers bags with exceptional strength.

The enhanced product performance achieved through the recent development program will also enable Camvac to offer products from within the Thermal Laminate portfolio that could provide additional sustainability and cost savings to the supply chain. This will be achievable as the quality of the laminate may eliminate the requirement of the inner liner films, providing the possibility to significantly reduce the quantity of plastic per bag unit and deliver cost savings, whilst maintaining product performance.

The Thermal Laminate product range compliments Camvac’s wide portfolio of barrier metallised and transparent adhesive lamination products that are supplied to the bag-in-box and bulk liquid packaging markets where Camvac has held a strong presence and reputation for quality, service and innovation for around 30 years.

Camvac’s Thermal Laminates can be manufactured up to a width of 2180mm.

Camvac manufactures a diverse portfolio of barrier films and laminates that are suitable for and widely used in a range of food applications, including dry foods such as coffee, tea, and infant formula, in addition to the snack products, fresh foods and lidding film markets. Improving their Thermal Laminate product performance is part of a wider investment programme which has seen several new products launched into the marketplace and improvements made to already established product ranges.

Gary Chalkley, Camvac’s Development Director spoke of the products newfound success: “Camvac’s investment programme has definitely contributed to the enhanced product performance and our capability to produce excellent barrier properties for the Thermal Laminate. But it has not all been about investment. Without the in-house Technical and Operation Teams working in tandem with the desire to improve the product performance we would not have been able to bring a superior product to market. Thermal Laminate by Camvac is a product range we see as an area of continuous improvement. This is just the first steps in the project. Our future laminate developments targeted at sustainability will provide the potential to revolutionise the Bag-in-Box and bulk liquid packaging marketplace”.

For further information and product details  on the Camplex range, click here.

Shift Quality Control Inspector Vacancy

Camvac Entrance Sign

We are currently looking a Shift Quality Control Inspector, working on a 3 rotating shift basis, to join our quality team based in Thetford (Norfolk UK). This is a permanent position.

The role will involve co-ordinating quality control of all components that go into single-ply and laminated film structures. This will include raw materials at material intake and validation of the materials at various stages of the conversion process. Ensuring products are being produced in accordance agreed specifications and that all agreed testing protocols are being adhered to. The ideal applicant would have a previous experience of a quality control role in a fast-moving production environment, be able to demonstrate good problem-solving skills and have an eye for detail. Strong communication skills both verbal and written along with the ability to work under their own initiative are essential attributes for this role. The ideal candidate would also be computer literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Experience using SAP would be preferable, however full training on SAP would be given.

We offer comprehensive training and development, priding ourselves on a safe working environment.

Normal hours of work are 40 hours per week. The normal shift pattern is   22.00–06.00, 0600-1400, 14.00-22.00 on a 3-week rotating shift pattern.

Benefits include 25 days paid holiday per year plus the Bank Holiday, Company Pension Scheme and free car parking. Salary will be £21,784, including shift pay, per annum.

If you wish to apply for the role of Shift Quality Control Inspector then please e-mail your current CV and a covering letter to:  richard.kerry@camvac.com. Or, if preferred application forms can be obtained by contacting Camvac Limited on 01842 755021

Visit our Careers Page to see all our current vacancies.

Temporary General Operator Vacancies

Due to a continued uplift in demand & the ongoing issues created by the Corona Virus Crisis, Camvac has some vacancies for Temporary General Operatives working in our manufacturing facility.

These vacancies are advertised on a week by week basis & will be temporary roles.

The ideal candidate will be physically fit, with previous experience of working in a manufacturing environment. They will be required to perform shift work.

Interviews are ongoing and will aim to start successful candidates quickly.

If you are interested or know someone who is interested in the opportunity to join the Camvac Team, please ask them to send their C.V. – showing at least the last two years employment history – to Jim Oddie, Operations Director, at their earliest convenience.

Please email jim.oddie@camvac.com

 

Camvac’s Metallised Film Used In Face Mask

Camvac Metallised Film Used in Medical Mask

Camvac support Cam Lock UK in supplying 75 micron metallised film for use in their MATRIX face mask.

As a company, Camvac are more known for our high barrier, clear and metallised films which are commonly used within the food and liquid packaging marketplace. We do however also produce films that have different uses and this is where Cam Lock UK have contacted us for a high barrier metallised film for use in their breathing masks.

Cam Lock UK design and manufacture safety breathing equipment for use in industrial hazardous environments, also military fighter pilot masks. To help in the fight against COVID-19, Cam Lock UK have increased their manufacturing of the MATRIX mask. The mask is designed to fully seal the users face from external, potentially hazardous conditions.

Camvac’s film will be used within the speech diaphragm system of the mask. The unique diaphragm system ensures the face-mask remains fully sealed but enables the wearer the ability to clearly communicate with others.

COVID-19 pandemic has seen the demand sore for Cam Lock UK and they are now supplying a minimum of 2,500 masks per week globally.

Anyone wishing to discuss further about any projects and opportunities that Camvac’s high barrier films could be used for, visit our contact us form on our website or general sales enquiry email; info@camvaclimited.com