The food and drinks industry

Plastic materials for the food-industry and food-display applications

Purity is the number-one requirement in the food and drinks industry. Our materials are suitable for use in applications in which they come into contact with food, and they have been approved for food-industry use by the EU and FDA.

We supply tailored chopping boards in food-group-specific colours in line with European standards. We also manufacture high-quality components for machines used by the food industry.



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THE STRENGTHS OF PLASTIC MATERIALS

  • good resistance to wear
  • lightness
  • suitability for machining
  • suitability for use in the food industry
  • good resistance to detergents and disinfectants
  • traceability throughout the delivery chain, from raw material to finished product

APPLICATIONS

  • Applications in the dairy industry
  • Brewing industry uses
  • Bakery applications
  • Processing of meat and fish
  • Conveyor systems
  • Storage and packaging applications
  • Products for food and drinks display (HoReCa)

TYPICAL MATERIALS

  • PE-HMW
  • PE-UHMW
  • PET
  • POM
  • POM+PE
  • PA 6
  • PTFE
  • PE 1000
  • PE 500
  • PMMA
  • PC
  • ABS

Screw conveyors and feed screws

Various screw conveyors and feed screws are used in food production to press and transfer semi-solid materials. They are also used to turn, position, separate, and group jars and bottles.

Screw conveyors and feed screws are usually made from either PE 1000 or POM.

Plastics detectable by metal detectors

Thanks to their affordability, resistance to wear, food-grade purity, and resistance to detergents, plastics have been used in components of food-production equipment for many decades now.
However, no-one is happy to find a fragment of plastic in a food product.

To prevent this from happening, manufacturers of food-grade plastic have developed plastics that can be found by a metal detector. Thanks to these innovations, any pieces of plastic can be spotted in the food products before packaging. These plastics are blue, because this colour does not occur naturally in food.
They use standard food-grade materials such as PE and POM. These materials can be rendered detectable by metal detectors through the addition of metal particles. The metal is added in such a low quantity that it is not visible to the naked eye and is not detectable by touch. Therefore, the materials retain all the beneficial properties possessed by the unmodified plastics.

Materials available:

  • PE 1000 MDP
  • POM MDP
  • PEEK MDP
  • PA 6 MDP

PTFE-coated fibreglass fabrics and open-mesh materials

Production lines for ready-made meals contain many components for which plastic is an ideal raw material. For example, the conveyor belts of pre-baking ovens are made from PTFE-coated fibreglass fabrics, which we supply as cut-to-size sheets.

Our product range also includes technical brushes produced by the German supplier Mink Bürsten. These too can be made to order.

Dairies, breweries, and bakeries

Applications

  • slide parts for machines and equipment
  • screws
  • bearings and rollers
  • doctor blades
  • nozzles

The most commonly used materials

  • POM
  • POM+PE
  • PA 6
  • PTFE
  • PE 1000
  • PE 500

Handling and storage of food

Applications

  • cold storage
  • storage of food at hot holding temperature
  • serving furniture and equipment
  • chopping boards

The most commonly used materials

  • PMMA
  • PC
  • ABS
  • PE 1000
  • PE 500

Food- and drinks-display uses

Applications

  • acrylic trays
  • acrylic cubes
  • GN tray covers
  • lids for bread trays
  • lids for cake trays
  • cutlery baskets
  • serviette boxes
  • drip trays
  • shelves
  • space dividers
  • display risers
  • tables and worktops
  • billboards
  • brochure stands
  • other display products (these can be ordered separately)

You can read more about display solutions in the Display & Interior section of the site or on Masterplast’s Pinterest page.

Certification

We supply a wide range of FDA-approved materials for direct contact with food.

  • Materials compliant with EC regulation 1935/2004
  • Materials compliant with EU regulation 10/2011
  • Materials compliant with EC regulation 2023/2006

The associated approvals are available for the following materials:

  • POM-C (black and white)
  • POM-H (white)
  • PA 6
  • PA 66
  • PET
  • PC
  • PEEK (natural-colour and black)
  • PE 1000
  • PE 500

Further information about food-grade plastics is available on the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation’s Web site.

NOTE: Any necessary certificates for materials or components should be requested at the time of ordering.