Irish paper-based packaging producer Smurfit Kappa has reportedly opened its new Bag-in-Box plant in Ibi, Spain.
The move will enable it to cater growing demand in the Mediterranean region.
The €28m plant integrates the production of taps and bags under one roof and is said to be one of the world's leading Bag-in-Box plants.
Smurfit Kappa claims the new plant features automated production lines and offers the world's newest and some of the best performing features in Bag-in-Box production, while meeting high standards of hygiene, safety and quality.
The plant is capable of producing millions of taps and bags every month.
Smurfit Kappa Group president Tony Smurfit said: "The opening of this new plant shows how Smurfit Kappa continuously strives to work with our customers to meet their needs.
"By investing in such an ultra-modern and high-performing facility, we can ensure a promising future for our customers in this growing market."
Smurfit Kappa general manager Pascual Martinez said: "This new plant is a big step up for Bag-in-Box activities both within our company and within the Mediterranean region.
"It couldn't have come at a better time, when the demand for top-class Bag-in-Box packaging products from a reliable partner is bigger."
In October, Smurfit Kappa launched Board Referee, its latest innovation in corrugated board, to advance its production capabilities to manufacture packaging products.
Designed by Smurfit Kappa's Development Centre in the Netherlands, Board Referee was exclusively developed across all of the company's production sites in Europe.
Image: The plant's automated production lines and dedicated team produce millions of taps and bags every month. Photo: courtesy of Smurfit Kappa Group.