The Last Straw For Plastics From Eriez Europe

The Xtreme Metal Detector Eriez Europe sold to Transcend Packaging Ltd is being used to inspect paper drinking straws prior to packaging

by Tomos Williams | Wednesday 5 June 2019

Transcend Packaging has won a large contract with fast food giant McDonald's to supply paper straws for their restaurants throughout the UK & Ireland. The Xtreme Metal Detector provided by Eriez ensures there is no metal contamination within the paper straws.

Transcend Packaging based in Ystrach Mynach produce sustainable packaging designed to reduce the impact of single-use plastics. A leading product within their range is their eco-friendly paper straws where they’ve won large contracts with leading companies like McDonald's and numerous other high street chains. This will allow ambitious growth plans to be reached where they hope to expand from 100 employees to 200 by 2021.

The use of plastics within product packaging is at such a high level that continued negligence simply isn’t sustainable for the future of the planet. Plastic straws without a recycling process can take up to 200 years to decompose. With the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) estimating an incredible 7 billion plastic straws being used in the UK each year, this is clearly a problem that must be addressed.

Large organisations serving drinks have started to offer different solutions. This includes McDonald's who have pledged to replace all plastic straws with paper ones in their UK and Ireland restaurants. This a positive step in the right direction with 1.8 million straws being used in McDonald’s every day.

Transcend Packaging has been successful in winning a contract to supply McDonald's with paper straws to ensure their pledge is reached. To supply an effective product, Transcend Packaging conducts rigorous quality testing to make sure their products are free from metal contamination.

Confident of its detection abilities, Eriez suggested the Xtreme Metal Detector. With the ability to detect metal contamination as small as 1mm in a bundle of 240 straws, the Xtreme Metal Detector is ideal for the production of paper straws. Any contaminants in the production line would cause an alarm to be triggered with details appearing on a 7” touch screen. This allows any extraneous matter to be removed, and an investigation to the source to be conducted prior to production continuing.


Sarah Grain
Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd
+44 2920 868501

Wednesday 5 June 2019 / file under Environmental | Food and Beverage | Machinery | Metals