Smurfit Kappa has announced the construction of a new packaging plant in Morocco – its first corrugated plant in the country – in an investment worth more than €35 million.
Construction of the new plant, which is located in Rabat and covers an area of 25,000 square metres, began this week, when the first stone of the foundations was laid at an official ceremony.
The new facility is expected to be operational in early 2023.
‘Significant Growth Potential’
The company noted that the plant will create packaging for the industrial, agricultural, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, pharmaceutical and ceramics sectors.
It will serve both local customers and multinationals based in Morocco.
Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, commented, “It will be located in an area with significant growth potential and create 300 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
“Our customers will also benefit from our fully integrated and circular business model, which will ensure a reliable supply of quality, value-adding and sustainable products.”
‘Think Global, Act Local’
Ignacio Sevillano, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Spain, Portugal and Morocco, said that the investment is a reflection of the company’s ‘think global, act local’ approach.
“The new plant will also incorporate an experience centre – our 30th worldwide – which will foster enhanced collaboration with our customers and provide creative ideas and insights,” Sevillano added.
Edwin Goffard, COO of corrugated and converting, Smurfit Kappa Europe, said, “High demand for corrugated is ongoing, and customers want to know that their products are being transported and presented in the most efficient and sustainable way.
“We use the huge wealth of data gained from working with over 65,000 customers worldwide to identify the best solution for the task at hand.”