Thermopac, within the forming division of Astrapak Limited, is undergoing a revitalisation through a drive on efficiencies and solid innovative leadership. This shift in focus will provide the platform to re-position the company making it far more competitive in the marketplace, while at the same time concentrating its attention on more profitable consumer products.
Thermopac has maintained their position as a leader in the market in terms of quality and supply and are now striving to eclipse local competition through research and the introduction of international best practices within the company. This they know will solidify their ability to continue providing superior products in a demanding and challenging industry.
The Cape Town based facility utilises two manufacturing processes, namely the extrusion and forming processes. By extruding their own raw material, Thermopac produces the sheet requirements for the forming process. This allows them to manufacture a wide range of thermoformed packaging, specialising in offering its customers shelf-life extension technologies.
The food, bakery, confectionary and catering industries remain the target market for Thermopac with their end market users requiring products such as cake domes, bakery domes, sealing lids, bases, meat trays suitable for MAP packaging and fruit and vegetable packing options. All products are produced in APET, polypropylene or HIPs and are available in a range of colours. They also supply product trays for the homecare market, which include deodorant bottle trays for packaging and merchandising display requirements.
Universal un-branded products form a major part of their business, with their track to market being through the distribution channels who supply the chain stores such as Shoprite, Spar, Pick n Pay and Woolworths. Despite supplying to major retailers and iconic brands, Thermopac pride themselves in servicing their small to medium customers with the same level of professionalism afforded the multi national players.
Thermopac’s in-house tooling and mould design capabilities ensure that their customers’ product design is realised efficiently, whether the product is standard or specialised, and the new innovation planned for this facet of the business can only provide Thermopac with the opportunity to enhance and differentiate itself in a competitive industry.
A fine example of the Thermopac’s leadership in the market place was when they were recently awarded a Grade-A certification as part of the BRC (British Retail Consortium) audit. The BRC certificate of conformity, which is an internationally recognised standard, provides Astrapak with the all-important stamp of approval to continue supplying exceptional food packaging to the major food retailers in local and export food markets and really reinforces the company’s position as a major force to be reckoned with.
Find out more about Astrapak’s Forming Division here: http://www.astrapak.co.za/astraforming