The key supplier to some 70 per cent of Singapore's food manufacturers has invested S$12 million (US$9.72 million) in a new clean room packaging facility.
Packaging SME Jackway Convertor Industries officially opened the new facility this week, enabling it to cater to more stringent needs of the manufacturing industry.
The clean room will also enable the firm to diversify into new areas such as pharmaceutical and nutritional food products. It has also enabled them to achieve ISO Class 8 Clean Room Certification.
In an official statement, enterprise development and national standards and accreditation body SPRING Singapore said the clean room "provides a sterile environment that protects products from the potential ravages of contamination, dust particles and other impurities".
"This allows Jackway to manufacture high-grade packaging that requires specialised instruments to maintain precise levels of air quality, temperature and humidity. Such processes are needed by clients with high hygiene requirements," the statement said.
SPRING Singapore's chief executive, Png Cheong Boon, said: "Its (Jackway's) investment in innovation and R&D has resulted in the development of a new window zipper pouch for the food industry as well as the use of more environmentally-friendly packaging materials.
"Its investment in new production technologies has also helped it to meet the more stringent requirements in the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries, as well as in the US and European markets."
Jackway exports to Russia, Australia, Japan, Pakistan plus regional markets like Malaysia and Thailand.
Jackway Convertor Industries managing director Robin Yap said: "The company uses the most advanced technology that allows us to operate at the highest levels of productivity required by the demands of multi-faceted packaging activities".
High hygiene capability
"We are especially proud that our company has clean room manufacturing facilities," Yap said. "This gives us the proficient capacity to expand our product range to handle the manufacturing of flexible packaging for clients with high hygiene requirements."
Jackway said it intends to move into environmental packaging and has acquired a laminating machine which adopts environmentally-friendly processes. The machine replaces traditional ink used in printing with water-based solvent and chemical bonding glue with water glue.
The firm believes this acquisition will open doors for Jackway to tap markets with higher environmental needs such as the United States and Europe.
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