20th November 2017
Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market, and Data Protection, Pat Breen, TD, visited CupPrint’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Ennis, Ireland on Monday, November 20th. During his visit, Minister Breen spoke about the company’s several recent groundbreaking technological progressions, new job creation, manufacturing facility expansion, and their positive influence on the environment and economy.
At the event on Monday, Minister Breen spoke in detail about the expansion of CupPrint’s current eco-friendly Vegware compostable cup production as well as its two new revolutionary eco-friendly product offerings, reCup and the Frugalpac Cup.
For nearly a decade, CupPrint has manufactured the Vegware compostable cup, which incorporates a compostable bio coating instead of the typical polyethylene coating. The Vegware compostable cup is CupPrint’s fastest growing product, accounting for up to 30% of its sales with 37% year-on-year growth. As a proportion of sales, CupPrint is the leading compostable cup producer. Considering the product’s success as a sustainable solution, CupPrint expects production of the Vegware compostable cup to continue to grow exponentially.
New to CupPrint’s product line as of just last month, the reCup is a cup that is 100% fully recyclable in mainstream paper recycling via its incorporation of EarthCoating. The reCup looks the same, works the same, and is made the same way as traditional coated paper cups with the only exception being that the coating formulation has changed to Earthcoating. CupPrint is the first manufacturer in Europe to offer the reCup product.
The Frugalpac cup is a cup made from recycled cardboard and therefore can be recycled again and again. CupPrint will commence production of the Frugalpac Cup in December 2017 and will be the first in the world to do so.
Expansion of the company’s existing main manufacturing facility, officially announced by Minister Breen at Monday’s event, will accommodate increased manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand for these products. Furthermore, CupPrint’s facility expansion will bring 15 new manufacturing and engineering jobs to the company, in addition to the 95 jobs already on site at their head office in Ennis.
“Through consumer’s demand for these sustainable products, we’ve realised the need for facility expansion and are delighted to be creating new job opportunities in the region,” CupPrint CEO, Terry Fox, said.
Together the Vegware compostable cup, reCup, and Frugalpac offerings solidify CupPrint as a leader in eco-friendly and sustainable paper cups.
“With thanks to a dedicated team, loyal customers, and a wide range of business partners, including Enterprise Ireland, CupPrint is delighted to welcome Minister Breen and looks forward to providing our new eco-friendly and sustainable products to all existing and future markets,” Terry Fox said.
Quote from Minister Breen
Speaking at the announcement Minister for Business, Trade and Employment, Pat Breen T.D said “I am delighted to be here today at CupPrint to announce that they are expanding their business, creating more jobs in county Clare and diversifying into new markets. They are a rapidly expanding innovative company. All jobs created have a knock on societal effect on communities. Planning for their future creating new eco-friendly products is forward thinking and future proofing their company. I want to wish Terry and his team every success with their business expansion,”
Quote from Enterprise Ireland.
Tom Kelly, Head of Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial, Lifesciences and Consumer Division said “Innovation is core to CupPrint’s business success. The innovation they have delivered is not just addressing environmental issues in the print and packaging industry, but has delivered increased exports and job creation and in their case, CupPrint has successfully reversed the trend of outsourcing to low cost locations. Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing its support for CupPrint.”
CupPrint is a leading custom paper cup printing and design technology company. Offering record-setting low order minimums in as little as 14 days delivery time anywhere in Europe, its capacity for uniquely designed and manufactured custom printed paper cups is unparalleled in the industry. The company also has a manufacturing plant and corporate office presence in Europe and the United States. More information can be found at https://cupprint.ie/ and https://us.cupprint.com/
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