Linpac Packaging plans to produce a further 200 million expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays each year as a result of a £1.2m investment.

Linpac, the largest manufacturer of EPS packaging solutions in the UK, will upgrade extruders and thermoformers at its St Helens manufacturing site.

It said in a statement this would “further enhance the quality, environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of packs for Linpac customers”.

Mick Wood, Linpac UK operations manager, said: “This major investment demonstrates our commitment to the foodservice market here and overseas.

“We are working towards a major upgrade to our manufacturing capabilities. This will ensure we can offer our customers both market-leading quality and increased capacity to service their needs.”

Following the upgrade, the St Helens site will have four extrusion lines and 10 thermoformers in operation, supported by three reclaim units. The investment will also create an additional 20 roles.