SIG Combibloc has installed a €40m extrusion line at its Brazilian packaging plant which laminates unprocessed cardboard for carton packs on-site.
This completes the modular investment and building project in Campo Largo, near the city of Curitiba in Brazil’s Paraná state.
The first rolls of packaging material are rolling off the belt fully laminated.
Following the opening of its first packaging plant in South America in 2011, this new extrusion line will laminate the unprocessed cardboard with polymers and aluminium on-site.
The inner polymer layers of an aseptic carton pack form a liquid barrier for the products that will later be filled in it; the outer layer keeps moisture out.
The razor-thin aluminium layer protects the food and beverages packaged in the carton packs from light, oxygen and external odours.
Brazil is currently South America’s biggest market for long-life beverages and foods in aseptic carton packs, and forecasts suggest it could jump from 14 billion units in 2013 to 21 billion carton packs by 2019.
Ricardo Rodriguez, director and general manager South America at SIG Combibloc, said: “We’ve captured this market by offering our customers a real alternative, unique added benefits and a tailor-made service. We managed to end the 2013 financial year with growth of 40% compared to the previous year – that’s an excellent result. We’ve been able to win new customers and to further consolidate our contacts with existing customers – on both a regional and a national level. And the prospects for 2014 are looking good as well”.
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