First Circle


First Circle Packaging Ltd
Formerly called
Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd
Founded 2020
Headquarters Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
Key people
Chris Phelan, CEO; Mark Robinson, UK Sales Manager; Greg Ward, HR Director

Company Profile

First Circle formerly operated as Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd and has over 25 years of industry experience across a wide range of industries.

First Circle is market leader in blow moulding HDPE plastic bottle manufacturing and supplys over a billion single and multi-layer bottles every year to the liquid food and drink market. Their in-plant experience and plastic packaging expertise allows First Circle to deliver innovative solutions to a wide variety of markets, including dairy, home care, personal care, auto care and beyond.

The company's in-plant experience allows First Circle to offer a complete one-stop service for design, implementation and production, either centrally or at our customers’ filling sites. Working in partnership with customers and installing equipment at their sites, helps First Circle to further reduce the overall footprint and environmental impact and provides a more efficient service.

Working independently to a written brief, or in partnership with a client or design agency, the First Circle team plays an integral role in helping customers to shape and achieve the optimum solution for their packaging requirements. Sophisticated computer aided design and manufacture software (CAD/CAM), modelling facilities and finite element analysis, enables First Circle to predict the strength and characteristics of new designs. As a result, pack shape, size and functionality can be evaluated in detail and optimised prior to prototype production.

First Circle’s commitment to quality is confirmed by the adoption of a Quality Management System that conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001, as well as customer and legal requirements.

All the company's operations conform to the internationally recognised environmental management standard of ISO 14001. First Circle Packaging was at the forefront in the development of rHDPE (Post Consumer HDPE) since 2008. Creating a sustainable circular economy for bottle production and is today producing bottles with an rHDPE inclusion rate of up to 50%.

All of First Circle's sites have adopted the BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging Materials and are consistent in their evaluation of the risk to product and processes, ensuring the manufacture of food safe packaging in a hygienic environment. Each site meets the product safety and quality expectations of the customers. The sites also comply with all of the relevant food contact and packaging legislations.


Plastic packaging solutions for:

  • dairy
  • home care
  • personal care
  • auto care


  • 1999 - Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd founded
  • 2000 - in-palnt operation established at Oakthorpe, Enfield
  • 2007 - world first in introduction of rHDPE to the dairy industry in Nampaks HDPE bottles
  • 2010 - new in-palnt operation in Pennybridge, northern Ireland
  • 2012 - introduction of light-weighting into the dairy industry
  • 2013 - world's first four-pint milk bottle containing 30% recycled material
  • 2014 - Nampak's lightweight bottle is manufactured under licensing in Australia and New Zealand
  • 2016 - openning of first in-palnt operation in Ballitore, Ireland
  • 2019 - opens an operation in Livingston, Scotland
  • 2020 - rebrand as First Circle Packaging Ltd


PETplanet Insider Articles

Issue 01 / 2022: First Circle: New name, new direction

External links

First Circle Packaging Ltd Website