Smurfit Kappa has announced it will invest €24 million to expand its corrugated plant in Rethel, North-East France.
The new investment will facilitate the consolidation of two existing facilities at that plant and the installation of a new state-of-the-art corrugator and conversion equipment, the packaging firm said.
This investment will result in environmental improvements at the plant including a reduction in CO2 emissions, with a saving of at least 150 tonnes annually, it added.
Commenting on the announcement, Edwin Goffard, COO of Smurfit Kappa Europe – Corrugated and Converting, said, “Smurfit Kappa’s ambition to strengthen its position in France continues with this significant new investment.
"This investment will allow us to grow further and improve our quality of service to the food and industrial markets that we serve,” he said.
Phase one of the project, including installation of the new corrugator is due to be completed in the first half of 2022, with full completion of the investment project expected in 2023.
The investment will help to modernise and expand the plant, which will include a new 8200m2 building designed specifically for the installation of the new high-tech corrugator.
“This investment will not only expand the capacity at our site, but it will also help us to tackle the ever-growing environmental issues our planet faces by significantly reducing the plant’s carbon footprint,” Jean-Christophe Bugeon, CEO of Smurfit Kappa France, added.