A welter of new co-packing contracts has seen Kinaxia Logistics treble the size of its cleanroom facilities at its site in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.

The company has created two additional cleanrooms after securing a number of new co-packing contracts, including additional business with a major beverage company and has also won "significant" new business since the facilities were opened.

After converting an area previously used for storage, Kinaxia now has three cleanrooms spanning 5,000 sq ft at the site and is looking to expand its co-packing business across the group.

The three cleanrooms feature air filtration to provide a controlled environment for the packing of food, drink and pharmaceutical items. They can accommodate up to 60 staff working on a project at any one time. Kinaxia said it has invested a substantial five-figure sum to expand its operations.

The expansion is the latest major investment in co-packing by Kinaxia as it continues to pursue ambitious growth plans.

The group's Trafford Park base has over 100,000 sq ft of co-packing space and Kinaxia has co-packing operations at other sites across the country.

This latest development follows the installation of a Nulogy cloud-based software system earlier this year to improve the efficiency and scalability of its co-packing business, which was formerly known as AKW Global Warehousing and now forms part of the group’s logistics and fulfilment sector.

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The Trafford Park co-packing facilities have the highest accreditation of an AA grade from the British Retail Consortium and have organic certification from the Soil Association.

Warren Hill (pictured), Kinaxia’s business development manager for contract packing, said: “By increasing the number of cleanrooms from one to three, we have made a substantial investment to expand our operations at Trafford Park and this has enabled us to win some significant new business. We are looking to invest further in co-packing across the group.”

“The integration of a new, purpose-built Nulogy software system provides operation control and collaboration solutions for manufacturers and their extended supply chains. With real-time reporting of production line efficiency and availability that gives full visibility, the system has enabled us to further improve our production performance.”

Kinaxia is a top 15 UK logistics group employing more than 1,600 staff nationwide with a fleet of over 850 vehicles which transport goods for the retail, leisure, food and drink and manufacturing sectors.

The group, which has its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire, has 2.7 million sq ft of warehouse facilities nationwide, offering contract packing, e-fulfilment, returns management, storage services and a complete distribution service.