Case Study: Leading UK Dairy Produce Manufacturer

Manupackaging UK have recently worked with one of their existing customers; a leading UK-based dairy product manufacturer and distributor, successfully reducing the customer’s plastic consumption and environmental impact while providing additional cost savings.

A Manupackaging UK representative completed the site visit with the objective of trialling the feasibility of changing the customer’s then current use of our 17mu AT stretch film, to our higher performing 12mu ATX+ film on their fully automatic rotary arm which was wrapping over 770 pallets daily.

On site testing and analysis showed that although the customer had their wrapping machinery on optimum settings to ensure sufficient pallet stability, they were using over 200g of stretch film per pallet, equating to nearly 59 tonnes of film use annually.

Trialling 12mu ATX+ showed that, with no change to the machinery or its settings, film consumption per pallet was reduced by over 61g. Despite the large reduction in film the 12mu ATX+ still offered sufficient levels in containment to safely transport the pallets.

Manupackaging’s recommendation of trialling and switching to 12mu ATX+ showed that in addition to film consumption per pallet being reduced by 29%, the customer could therefore wrap 41.6% more pallets per tonne, reducing the impact of Plastic Tax to under 3p per pallet.

On an annual scale, the use of 12mu ATX+ would also reduce the customer’s cardboard core waste by 3.5 tonnes, their overall film consumption by 17.3 tonnes, and their CO2 emissions by 86.5 tonnes – the equivalent volume of CO2 that 2219 new trees would absorb over a 10-year period.

Furthermore, switching to 12mu ATX+ would also deliver the customer an annual saving of over £33,500 after Plastic Tax charges.

(All data and figures correct at the time of auditing, and may not reflect current rates)


Film Grade AT ATX+
Wrapping Information    
Revolutions to wrap 18 18
Load Circumference 4,040mm 4,040mm
Film Thickness 17mu 12mu
Containment Data    
Top load force (data unavailable) (data unavailable)
Middle load force (data unavailable) (data unavailable)
Base load force 3.79kg 3.46kg
Film Performance Data    
Consumption per pallet 209g 147.5g
Annual Consumption 58,807kg 41,502kg
Cost per pallet £0.49 £0.37


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