Smurfit Kappa, Ireland-based packaging company, is investing $22 million to expand its corrugated plant in Culiacan, North-West Mexico. It demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the Mexican market with expanded capacity, capabilities and products offerings for local customers in the fresh produce segment.
The investment will modernise and expand the plant, with the installation of high-tech state of the art machinery and the construction of a new 10,900 sq mt building that will include a new corrugator and an automatic Rotary Die Cutter (RDC) that will be fully operational by the end of 2021.
The facility will produce corrugated boxes made with a moisture barrier that helps resist condensation. These new offerings will also result in more sustainable operations at the facility with reduced use of paper that is 100 per cent recyclable and can be reused at Smurfit Kappa mills.
The announcement enables the Culiacan plant to match the fast-growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions from agriculture and fresh produce customers. The region is home to 40 per cent of the total agricultural production for Mexico and has some of the largest producers of packaged food and beverages companies.