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Smurfit Kappa acquires new facility in the US

Photo: Smurfit Kappa
Photo: Smurfit Kappa
Published by
Simon Matthis - 07 Mar 2019

Smurfit Kappa is continuing to extend its global Bag-in-Box® footprint by acquiring a new facility in Texas, US. The packaging leader has strengthened its Vitop® tap manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of an injection facility in San Antonio. The Vitop® tap occupies the No. 1 position in the world for wine taps and has revolutionised the Bag-in-Box® system due to its tamper-proof design and extended shelf life.


The new plant will play an important part in the US market. Premium bag-in-box wines are a rapidly growing segment in the North America beverage sector. Smurfit Kappa has also seen increased demand for liquid packaging solutions for olive oil, water, fruit juice and motor oil.


A series of investments will be made to equip the new 100,000 sq ft facility with additional technology to provide a number of Bag-in-Box® solutions including the new Delta tap for rigid packaging.


“Acquiring this new US facility is an important milestone for Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box®,” said Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of [Smurfit Kappa] Vitop®.


“The new plant will support the growth we’re seeing in both the wine and non-food markets in the Americas and will facilitate the development of state-of-the-art new dispensing technologies.”


When up and running fully, the new plant will employ 70 employees. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® operates in 12 countries worldwide.