Kinaxia Logistics has boosted its contract packing operations by trebling the size of its cleanroom facilities at its site in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.

The company has created two additional cleanrooms after securing new co-packing contracts, including additional business with a major beverage company.

After converting an area previously used for storage, Kinaxia now has three cleanrooms spanning 5,000 sq ft at the site.

The expansion is the latest major investment in co-packing by Kinaxia as it pursues ambitious growth plans. Its Trafford Park base has over 100,000 sq ft of co-packing space and Kinaxia has co-packing operations at other sites across the country.

Earlier this year, Kinaxia installed a Nulogy cloud-based software system to improve the efficiency and scalability of its co-packing business, which was formerly known as AKW Global Warehousing and now forms part of the group’s logistics and fulfilment sector.

The three cleanrooms feature air filtration to provide a controlled environment for the packing of food, drink and pharmaceutical items. They can accommodate up to 60 staff working on a project at any one time. Kinaxia has invested a substantial five-figure sum to expand its operations.

The Trafford Park co-packing facilities have the highest possible accreditation of an AA grade from the British Retail Consortium and have organic certification from the Soil Association.

Warren Hill, Kinaxia’s business development manager for contract packing, said: “By increasing the number of cleanrooms from one to three, we have made a substantial investment to expand our operations at Trafford Park and this has enabled us to win some significant new business. We are looking to invest further in co-packing across the group.”

“The integration of a new, purpose-built Nulogy software system provides operation control and collaboration solutions for manufacturers and their extended supply chains. With real-time reporting of production line efficiency and availability that gives full visibility, the system has enabled us to further improve our production performance.”

Kinaxia is a top 15 UK logistics group employing more than 1,600 staff nationwide with a fleet of over 850 vehicles which transport goods for the retail, leisure, food and drink and manufacturing sectors.

The group, which has its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire, has 2.7 million sq ft of warehouse facilities nationwide, offering contract packing, e-fulfilment, returns management, storage services and a complete distribution service.

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