A KEIGHLEY-based firm has invested in new machinery at its north-east production site.

The equipment – installed by PFF Packaging Group at the Washington, Tyne and Wear, plant – will provide precision-gauge control over the width of film used in the manufacture of so-called thermoformed products.

The company is one of the UK’s largest independent food-packaging manufacturers.

It employs 120 staff at its Royd Ings Avenue headquarters and a similar number in Washington.

Group managing director, Kenton Robbins, said: “Our latest investment demonstrates our commitment to the ongoing growth of the company.

“Being independent means that we’re able to act quickly and decisively on how and where we can improve on our operations.

“The project has gone ahead at a time of extreme challenges to the economy and we are particularly pleased to be able to share some positive news at this time.”