British Polythene Industries (BPI) is currently the largest producer of polythene film in Europe, and its sister company, bpi.recycled, is Europe’s largest recycler of polythene film. The company has its home office at Greenock, with hundreds of employees in plants around Scotland. They manufacture film wrap for business and agriculture in 60 countries, with stretch film, shrink film and converter film as well as a product called ‘plaswood’ made from recycled film, which can be turned into items such as benches and fence posts.
BPI has recently announced that it will be investing in additional recycling equipment and technology, as a means of cutting costs as well as improving the U.K.’s recycle rate. Chief Executive John Langlands said that the move is partly a result of the rising cost of materials, with an increase of about £45 million in the past year. That increase in turn is partly due to the rise in oil prices. Langlands said that increased recycling will help protect against rising costs in the future. He also noted that BPI products are made to the highest standards, which ultimately means a savings to the consumer by ‘achieving more with less’.
Following an enquiry into the agricultural packaging industry last year, BPI’s offices were ‘visited’ by representatives of the European Commission and the Office of Fair Trading, and it is still not clear whether any charges will be brought. Throughout related proceedings that have cost the company around £500,000 in legal fees so far, BPI has maintained that its procedures and policies are correct. Langlands said BPI will continue to cooperate fully with any ongoing investigation. In the meantime, they will continue to utilize the most up-to-date technology to insure their customers get the best product at a very competitive price.