Smurfit Kappa has invested €12 million to open a new flexible material production facility for bag-in-box packaging at its factory in Ibi, Spain.
According to Smurfit Kappa, the investment has added an extra 4,300 square-metre production area at the Ibi facility. The company opened a dedicated bag-in-box plant at the factory in 2014.
The expanded area will be equipped with machinery that allows for more specialisation in the manufacture of film, allowing the plant to complete the full production cycle of bag-in-box packaging solutions.
The company claims that this integrated production model will enhance the sustainability of the manufacturing process, estimating that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 21% relative to the production of the firm’s current flexible materials portfolio.
Thierry Minaud, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, said: “This strategic investment represents an important step for Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Spain. In addition to introducing innovative technology to create a fully integrated plant for bag-in-box production, it will allow us to increase our production capacity to better respond to market demands.”
Victor Juan, film manager at Smurfit Kappa Ibi added: “These new facilities will accelerate the development of new, more sustainable films with the highest performance to meet the needs of our customers for high-quality bag-in-box packaging solutions, and further strengthen our commitment to the environment.”
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