Canadian Packaging

Tetra Pak to open $135 Million packaging plant

Tetra Pak, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and called the only international company in the world able to provide integrated processing, packaging, and distribution line and plant solutions for liquid foods manufacturing, has recently broken ground on a state-of-the-art packaging material factory in Chakan, India.


February 11, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Tetra Pak, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and called the only international company in the world able to provide integrated processing, packaging, and distribution line and plant solutions for liquid foods manufacturing, has recently broken ground on a state-of-the-art packaging material factory in Chakan, India.

The €100 million (~$135 million CDN) plant is designed to meet growing demand for carton packaged dairy beverages and fruit-based drinks in India, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Featuring an initial annual production capacity of 8.5 billion packages, the new plant will have the potential of increasing to 16 billion packages, producing packaging material for such items Tetra Brik Aseptic, Tetra Fino Aseptic and Tetra Classic Aseptic.

This commitment in India follows other similar and recent investments to increase Tetra Pak’s production capacity in China, Pakistan, Russia and Brazil.

Driven by economic growth, a rising middle class and increasing demand for the convenience of packaged drinks, the market for carton packaged dairy beverages and fruit-based drinks is expected to grow from 757 million liters in 2010 to 1.3 billion liters by 2013 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The same trend is taking place in South and South East Asia, where this market is expected to rise from 3.6 to 5.4 billion liters during this period. In the Middle East, it is expected to increase from 8.3 to 10.6 billion liters.

Alejandro Anavi, executive vice-president, Supply Chain Operations, Tetra Pak states: “We are committed to supporting our customers to meet growing consumer demand in these regions and all over the world.

“In addition to the convenience of packed dairy beverages and fruit-based drinks, more people are becoming aware of the nutritional benefits of aseptically processed and packaged milk.”

The new packaging plant will have, among its facilities, a machine rebuilding center providing technical services such as start-up support and machine renovation to customers. It will also have a Product Development and Innovation Center (PDIC), which will have a laboratory, a pilot processing plant and a pilot packaging plant to meet the product formulations and development needs of customers.

The new plant will also tout several environmentally efficient features such as the use of renewable and non-conventional energy and materials, heat recovery to generate air conditioning and rain water harvesting.

For more information on Tetra Pak, visit www.tetrapak.com.






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