From bottling and canning plants, through to food and drink packaging environments and manufacturers of packing materials, we have the packaging sector experience to assist with all factory set-up, reconfiguration, expansion and decommissioning requirements. We support companies in the packaging sector as they respond to trends in demand, materials and technologies, providing the expertise and wide-ranging fleet of heavy lifting equipment to remove redundant machinery, install new machines or production lines and implement lean management programmes.

Our experience in the packaging sector means that we understand the drivers for rapid change in the industry, including the need to reduce waste, utilise recycled materials and improve the recyclability of packaging products. As packaging companies invest to update their production facilities and roll out asset realisation, rationalisation or decommissioning projects to retire older technologies, we are there to help you plan and implement programmes aligned to your operational, commercial and safety criteria.

We build our solution around your requirements and can tailor our service to meet your needs; from a single machinery move to an entire factory set-up.

How We Helped Stolle

We carried out a £4.5m turnkey canning plant installation for leading food and beverage can makers, Stolle, in Germany, relocating a printing press to a new facility in Yorkshire while re-installing a further two in new European locations.

Taking construction management and CDM responsibility for the project, our team meticulously planned the lifts for the three presses, which had a combined weight of 1350 tonnes. This ensured technical meetings and collaboration with the client to enable an effective risk assessment process and aid planning for safe implementation. Each section of the presses was lifted from its plinth using jacking systems and skated to the building’s exit. Each press was then lifted onto its transportation, ready for the next stage of the journey, using a 220te mobile crane to complete some of the final lifts onto the low loaders.

Amongst the challenging elements of the project was the careful movement of the dryer section of each press, which measured over sixteen metres long and four metres wide and weighed forty-three tonnes. Due to a decline on the road at the exit of the building it was only possible to skate the dryer less than a metre at a time before it needed to be raised on chocs to enable it to stay parallel, ready for the final lift and rotation onto the back of the low loader.

The project also included installation of 20km of process pipework, LV distribution and field wiring.