The two companies are strengthening their partnership by developing a 100% recyclable corrugated board solution. Reducing plastic packaging is a major issue in the CSR approach of La Coopérative Agricole de Noirmoutier, a group of producers of high quality potatoes located on the island of Noirmoutier (Atlantic coast). It is with the ambition to replace the plastic bags wrapping its potatoes that the Cooperative contacted DS Smith. With its experience and collaborative spirit, it is with enthusiasm that DS Smith organized several workshops bringing together members of the two companies. The main difficulty was to keep the potatoes in good condition despite the elimination of plastic. Thanks to the expertise of its designers, DS Smith has succeeded in developing a 100% recyclable corrugated board solution that guarantees the conservation and visibility of the potatoes.
Tetra Pak’s Packaging Material Converting Factory in Denton is getting ready for new technology to support the growth of its business in the U.S. and Canada. The plant’s expanded capabilities are made possible through a sizeable €30-million investment in factory upgrades, including a new state-of-the-art laminator, that will ensure the facility is well positioned to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. and Canadian markets with a wider range of packaging formats.
“Tetra Pak is pleased to make these upgrades, which will position our Denton factory as one of the most advanced in our global operations,” said Carmen Becker, president and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada. “This new technology will allow us to produce an expanded portfolio of packages out of this facility and better serve our customers.”
With this investment, Tetra Pak will be able to move some production from Mexico to Denton and offer noteworthy benefits to Tetra Pak customers, including improved service, reduced lead times and other logistical efficiencies.
“Denton is proud to be home to Tetra Pak’s North American headquarters, and is excited about the coming expansion of its packaging capabilities at the Denton plant,” said Caroline Booth, the City of Denton’s director of economic development. “The City of Denton supports Tetra Pak’s focus on quality and innovation as it serves its customers in U.S. and Canada.”
The new equipment incorporates the latest in laminator design, delivering additional flexibility, higher operational speed and top quality outputs.
To accommodate the larger equipment, renovations will begin soon to build out additional space at the facility. The new equipment is expected to be in full production by the end of 2018.
In the Denton Converting Facility, paperboard is printed and layers of base materials, namely paperboard, aluminum and polyethylene, are converted into rolls of aseptic packaging material. The new laminator will be used to apply polyethylene layers, laminating together printed material and aluminum as part of this process.