The investment will see the capacity of the plant double and strengthen the sustainability of both the plant’s operations and its product portfolio.
The expansion will include enhanced waste management systems and savings in energy consumption.
Located in the town of Ibi, Alicante, the bag-in-box plant has a strong track record when it comes to recycling and has previously invested in several state-of-the-art systems to identify and separate by-products.
‘Everything They Need’
On the investment, the chief executive of Smurfit Kappa Europe, Saverio Mayer, said, “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to the bag-in-box division and forms part of our multi-country expansion plan.
“We have invested €90 million in the Ibi plant throughout the last decade, which has significantly enhanced our offering.”
The Irish company had previously acquired a bag-in-box plant in Texas, as part of its global expansion.
Mayer continued, “Our customers know that when they choose us, they will get everything they need for their product, invariably resulting in a beautifully designed bag-in-box with a reduced carbon footprint.”
‘The Next Level’
The general manager of the Smurfit Kappa Ibi plant, Pascual Martinez, added, “We are proud to be taking Ibi to the next level through this investment and creating a further 200 jobs for the local economy.”
Martinez continued, “We have a talented and very skilled team here that can solve even the most complex challenge.
“I am excited about embarking on the next chapter for Ibi.”
The company creates a broad range of products for wine, dairy, liquid eggs, cooking oils, and water.
The Ibi manufacturing plant has been in operation for over 45 years.
It was acquired by Smurfit Kappa in 2007.