Container supplier Desch to invest in sustainable systems

Pots and container company Desch Plantpak, which has three production sites in the Netherlands and two in England, is to spend five million euros to make its operations more sustainable.

Managing director Jan Willem Wieringa says he sees a sustainable future for the industry. Desch launched D-Grade, a bio-based product line several years ago. The pots and trays produced are free of oil components and are recyclable. Green energy from GDF Suez is used in the production process. D-Grade has been certified by Din Certco and AIB Vinçotte.

Wieringa added: "We are the front runner in the sustainable production of trays and pots. Here at Desch Plantpak, we feel that anything that grows and blooms needs our attention. Fortunately, our clients and the end consumer agree: demand for sustainable products is growing. We believe that this demand will continue to grow in the future."

Investment will include new injection moulding machines, an extruder and a thermoform machine.

Wieringa said: "All these machines have a higher capacity and use less energy too. They are also more economic with the materials available.

"The industry has had some difficult years, but management and our staff and investors have every confidence in the horticulture industry. This is exactly why our slogan is 'Growing together'. The horticultural industry is a very strong industry in which innovative entrepreneurs are operating. We feel very at home in the industry and place great value on innovation. This is why we want to unite with horticulturalists to grow towards a sustainable future together."

Desch Plantpak will be an exhibitor at the first edition of the GreenTech exhibition, which will be held at the Amsterdam Rai Exhibition and Convention Centre from 10 to 12 June on stand 10.408, showing the new series of Normpack 300 trays. It's Epla product will be represented at the Flowertrials at Florensis in Hendrik-Ido Ambacht from 10 to 13 June.

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