ITP, 50 years of packaging innovation

A new factory, a new plant for the production of a special film for food packaging, 10 employees already in training and other hirings are expected in the next months. Industria Termoplastica Pavese, a company based in Bosnasco (Pavia, Italy), grows and invests in the development of its activities, with important effects also for the territory. The ribbon-cutting of the new plant took place on 28 June and it was the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation. Massimo Centonze, CEO of ITP, illustrated the evolution of the sector and of the technologies adopted by the company and its constant search for product value and quality, on which the company aims to enter new markets and strengthen its leadership.

Since 1972 - The journey of ITP
Founded in 1972, Industria Termoplastica Pavese mainly produces flexible plastic films for packaging and is a family business: founded by Nicola Centonze, now president, it is led by his sons Massimo and Paola Centonze. With over 500 customers on 6 continents, it employs 250 people and has an annual turnover of around 120 million euros.

TP: a New Cutting-edge Plant
Always committed to research and the use of cutting-edge technologies that make it possible to combine material efficiency and environmental sustainability, the company has acquired a latest generation plant – the only one in Italy – to produce a new, thinner plastic film and more easily recyclable, ideal for packaging food products, especially in large-scale distribution: vacuum packs, tubs, trays, shrink bags, etc. The new product is particularly suitable for packaging rice.

There are many advantages to this type of solution. First of all, it is a co-extruded monofilm, therefore a more easily recyclable material than the common plastic films used in large-scale distribution. Furthermore, it is thinner (thickness -25%): while maintaining the characteristics of flexibility and resistance, it uses a smaller quantity of raw materials, and therefore makes the packages lighter, allowing to optimize transport costs and warehouse space, with consequent reduction also in fuel consumption and emissions. In addition, its production does not require glues and therefore ensures maximum food safety.

The pursuit of sustainability has been an essential value of the ITP brand since its foundation.

Nicola Centonze, founder and President of ITP, stated:

Plastic is indispensable, especially in food storage. Since the beginning of our history we have adopted the most advanced methodologies to reduce its impact on the environment, planning its recycling right from its production and using as little as possible. We were among the first to obtain international certifications and to dedicate an entire department to waste regeneration. Today we are at the forefront of our sector and we continue to scout for the use of technologies that make its production ever more sustainable. A pioneering vision that positions ITP among the major players on the market, as confirmed by the CEO Massimo Centonze: “The goal is to aim for leadership in Europe for sustainable flexible packaging. We have invested to bring the most advanced technologies to Italy to produce a plastic film that is indispensable for the food industry with the least possible impact according to the evaluations of the Life Cycle Assessment. An investment that opens up new prospects for the area and that intends to contribute to an all-Italian primacy: in fact, in Europe we are the most virtuous country in the collection and recycling of plastics.

We have dedicated the Pack Revolution brand to this vision – adds Paola Centonze, Chief Communication & Sustainability Officer of ITP – which intends to enhance the line of research and development that combines product performance and sustainability. A commitment that involves our entire community, thanks to the continuous training programs that we carry out with our ITP Academy and which allow us to train and update new qualified professionals every year, ready to take up the challenges of a changing world.