Farmers spark demand for pig shelters made from waste plastic
2K Manufacturing is doubling production at its Luton factory to meet demand from the agricultural sector for its EcoSheet plywood replacement board.
EcoSheet is made from waste plastic sourced from farms, businesses and homes and is increasingly being used in the farming industry as animal housing for a range of livestock including outdoor pig units.
From January 2012, 2K Manufacturing will double its production to 1,300 EcoSheet boards per week. Production is then expected to double again in spring 2012 with the installation of new machinery.
2K Manufacturing's Peter Ball said: "EcoSheet has a number of advantages over plywood in practical terms, including the fact it doesn't rot, doesn't contain adhesives and preservatives and is easier to clean which improves animal welfare.
"Plus it is more environmentally friendly than plywood, which usually ends up in landfill as part of the 25 million plywood sheets that are disposed of in the UK each year. EcoSheet on the other hand can be recycled again and again."
2K has secured equity funding from Foresight Group, a leading investor in green investments, and debt financing from KBC Bank.