NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART PRODUCTION PLANT IN CHINA
Across Asia, millions of people are only now starting to consume packaged food and beverages. The rise of new consumers, driven by increasing income, changing lifestyles and new consumption habits, represents a huge opportunity for aseptic carton packaging, offering long shelf life without the need for a cold chain.
The new plant, situated in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), opened at the end of 2020.
At the end of 2020 carton production commenced at our second plant in Suzhou, China. Most of the plant construction took place in 2020 at the height of the COVID‑19 crisis – a testimony to the skill and determination of our local engineers.
Located in the same industrial park, the new factory will benefit from synergies with our existing plant, which has been in operation since 2004. It is also close to our cutting-edge Tech Centre, which collaborates with customers on the development and implementation of innovative product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions. Production at the plant will ramp up over the next two years.
capacity in 2024
Inside the SIG Asia-Pacific Tech Centre
The entire production process in the new plant is managed intelligently, which significantly improves operational and production efficiency. The smart manufacturing system covers extrusion, printing, creasing, cutting and sealing.
With a total investment of around €175 million, the new plant will serve the entire Asia Pacific region, where demand continues to grow significantly. It represents a significant increase in our Asia Pacific capacity.
The new plant will also manufacture our winning single-serve combismile cartons which were originally introduced in China but are now available in all regions.
The plant has achieved world-class environmental, safety and operational performance right from the start. It has the lowest possible carbon emissions and features photovoltaic roof panels capable of providing 1.5m KWh of solar energy. Collected rainwater is treated and reused to save around 28,000 tonnes of tap water a year. All of this has resulted in the plant being awarded Leed Gold certification – a high level of recognition for green buildings.
REALISING FURTHER GROWTH POTENTIAL IN NORTH AMERICA
The next step in the expansion of our global production footprint is the construction of a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to serve North American markets.
The project began in the second half of 2021 and the plant is expected to open in early 2023. It will enable us to build on our strong track record of growth in North America.
Through our existing sales and service presence, we have been able to forge strong relationships with major dairies in Mexico, a large and growing milk market. In the USA, SIG has a well established co-manufacturing customer base and is ideally placed to serve innovative and expanding new categories.
“We are very excited to announce this project which will enable us to serve our North American customers faster and more efficiently. Delivery lead times will be reduced and we will be able to respond rapidly to changes in demand.”
President and General Manager Americas
The plant represents a total investment of around €70 million, covering state-of-the-art production capacity for the printing, cutting and finishing of carton packs. It will have a highly flexible layout with a focus on ergonomics and the environment.