Millions of composite trays have been in use worldwide in both large multinational and smaller privately owned confectionery companies.

Whilst initially the presence of Glass fibres appears to be a major concern when considering Timber replacement, in reality this risk is jointly managed.

Naturally, supplier of Timber trays, are one of the biggest source of anti-fibre trays and has spread this Glass concern within the Confectionary industry, but as the widespread use of composite trays increases this negative publicity has had little impact.

USA, UK and Australian companies use 100% fibre trays. Belgium and the Netherlands have now converted to glass fibre trays and the rest of Europe is quickly following with Germany leading the way. The market needs to switch to fibre trays in order to satisfy the increase in HACCP requirements.

CME have tried to point out the Glass Fibre concern to numerous confectionery manufacturers worldwide for many years. Several reasons were given:

  • The incidences of tray breakage using fibre trays are a very small fraction compared to Timber breakage.
  • A customer report quotes that the breakage is approximately less than 0.0015% compared to the 5% typical for timber trays. This is mainly due to the high strength of these trays and the fact that fibre trays are dimensionally far more accurate than timber, providing less variation when feeding the stacks into the Mogul.
  • The clutch on the Mogul usually engages before sufficient force is exerted to break the trays.
  • In the unlikely event that you do get a tray jam and you break a tray, the raw material as made by CME is such that the Resin System used in the trays holds the glass fibres in a bundle preventing free fibres from entering the starch powder.
  • To safeguard this further, CME manufacture coloured trays such as blue, red and grey, making sure that if by chance fibres have been released during a tray Jam/Breakage, they are easily identifiable against the White Starch background.
  • A further safeguard is the Mogul Filter, which traps all possible contaminants including Tray Fragments.

I encourage you to try and break samples sent to you once you have confirmed the dimensions. This way, you will get a feel as to the high strength and the breaking pattern.

The Glass fibre we use, as with all the Raw Material ingredients are FDA food contact approved as detailed in the EEC Directive.

I would also like to remind you of the other advantages offered by Fibre trays, including:

  • As the trays are moulded there are no seams or joints, which are areas of potential bacterial contamination.
  • The trays can be easily cleaned using a heated power jet.
  • The high strength of our trays will provide for extended service without repair or replacement as is needed with timber. This provides substantial cost benefits in your tray inventory.
  • The 4 way feet interlocking ensures much improved tray stack stability. This in turn gives a faster mogul processing speed.
  • There is no difference in drying times between timber and plastic trays.
  • Our trays will not warp or twist over a normal 25 year service life.