SIG Combibloc has begun operation of a packaging line that will laminate unprocessed board for its food and beverage cartons. The line is part of the company’s approximately 40m E investment in boosting the facility’s packaging capabilities.
Rising aseptic demand
Ricardo Rodriguez, director and general manager of South American business for SIG Combibloc, said the factory expansion will enable the company go meet increasing demand for aseptic packaging.
“We can now produce the packaging material needed for our carton packs in South America, onsite in Brazil,” he said. “The extrusion line will laminate around 250m meters of packaging material each year.”
Brazilian demand for aseptically packaged food and beverages is second in the world only to China. Market intelligence from Canadean indicates Brazil drank up more than 14bn aseptic cartons last year and estimate the figure will climb to 21bn by 2019.
“We’ve captured this market by offering our customers a real alternative, unique added benefits and a tailor-made service,” Rodriguez said. “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.”
SIG Combibloc broke ground on the Campo Largo, Brazil plant—its first packaging facility in the country—in 2010; the facility was up and running by the following year. At that point, the production line used prelaminated material to print, cut to size, stamp, and seal the carton packaging.
The addition of the extrusion line broadens the Campo Largo factory’s capabilities. Instead of laminating the sheets at a secondary facility, this facility now can laminate unprocessed board with polymers and aluminum before forming.
The polymer layer of an aseptic carton acts as a liquid barrier. The aluminum layer guards against light and oxygen, while the outer layer keeps moisture from intruding.