SIG to work on new Hochwald plant

By Jim Cornall contact

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The new plant in Mechernich, Germany, will be operational in 2022.
The new plant in Mechernich, Germany, will be operational in 2022.

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Swiss-headquartered SIG Combibloc Group AG has been chosen by Hochwald, one of the largest German dairy cooperatives, as its preferred partner for a new dairy production site.

Hochwald's project includes the construction of a new plant with capacity to process more than 800m liters of milk per annum. Milk will be processed and sold as UHT milk, cream, condensed milk and flavored milk for the European market and for export to China, the Middle East and Africa, starting in 2022.

SIG will supply 15 new aseptic filling machines for the new plant, which will be based in Mechernich, Germany, close to SIG’s plant and European HQ in Linnnich. SIG's flexible filling technology will enable Hochwald to offer a variety of aseptic packaging solutions in five different carton formats, with a wide range of volumes, closures and straw solutions.

Thorsten Oberschmidt, COO at Hochwald, said, “Our new state-of-the-art plant will enable us to build a competitive and futureproof manufacturing facility and our close cooperation with SIG will make a significant contribution to our major European greenfield UHT project, with products assured of the best flexible and innovative packaging solutions of their kind. In a market environment which is getting more competitive every day, efficiency and flexibility in our production is as crucial as it’s ever been.”

Martin Herrenbrück, president and general manager Europe at SIG, said, "We are honored to be selected as a preferred supplier by one of the leading dairies in Europe. Our strong partnership with Hochwald started back in 1994 and to this day we continue to adapt and change together, creating a benchmark for the optimised filling of UHT milk."

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