In the U.S. for just seven years, Royal Interpack is emerging as a growing, innovative, customer-centric supplier of food packaging. Kunal Sidhpura, director of operations for Royal Interpack’s North American business, says the company’s decisions on where to locate production plants are driven by a need to be “where the customer needs us.” A key strategy at Royal Interpack is to replicate technology from plant to plant. In North America, Frigel is the processor’s partner for process cooling. Pictured here is Juan Alvarez, technology director. Royal Interpack runs 19 thermoformers in California, including small-format machines from Asia that utilize a more economical tooling package. Royal Interpack has its first PET sheet line up and running now at its new plant in Whitestown, Ind. By the end of this year, it will have added a second new extrusion line in the new 130,000 ft² facility. Central conveying system engineered by Novatec will automate Royal Interpack’s process for moving sheet and thermoforming scrap around the plant and eliminate the need to use sacks. Royal has brought automation to its thermoforming process with a robot that assembles a box, puts finished products...