Norwegian carton packaging and filling equipment supplier Elopak has revealed plans to open its first US production plant in Arkansas, US.

The new facility will be located in the city of Little Rock and will produce the company’s Pure-Pak cartons for use in plant-based products, juices, liquid dairy, and liquid eggs.

According to Elopak, the factory will feature advanced technology for efficient production processes.

Production at the plant is set to commence in the first half (H1) of 2025.

The company will invest approximately $70m in land, buildings, and equipment at the site.

The project is expected to generate more than 100 permanent local jobs including engineers, printers, operators, logistics specialists, and other support groups.

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Elopak CEO Thomas Körmendi said: “This is our first converting plant in the US and a landmark investment for our company. North America is a key building block for our future growth and we are very excited to expand our presence in the region.

“I would like to thank all parties involved for enabling the next step in our North American growth journey.”

Elopak announced its investment in the plant in June this year, which will be fully funded from its balance sheet.

Late last month, wholesale food and dairy products manufacturer Freshways launched its LoveMilk brand in Elopak’s Pure-Pak cartons to help tackle plastic waste.

Pure-Pak cartons are claimed to be made from renewable, recyclable, and sustainably sourced materials.