Paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has acquired an injection facility in the US state of Texas in a bid to bolster bag-in-box production.

Acquisition of the new facility in San Antonio has strengthened its Vitop tap manufacturing capabilities, according to the company.

The Vitop tap is used as wine taps in a bag-in-box wine system. It is said to exhibit a tamper-proof design and extends shelf life for the stored product.

The acquisition will help Smurfit Kappa to meet the growing demand of premium bag-in-box wines in the North American beverage sector.

Smurfit Kappa has also planned to make a series of investments in the new 100,000ft² injection facility to support the production of other bag-in-box solutions such as the new Delta tap for rigid packaging.

The site will employ 70 people at its full capacity.

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Smurfit Kappa Vitop CEO Didier Pontcharraud said: “Acquiring this new US facility is an important milestone for Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box.

“The new plant will support the growth we’re seeing in both the wine and non-food markets in the Americas.”

“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.”

Smurfit Kappa’s Bag-in-Box currently operates in 12 countries worldwide.

Last month, Smurfit Kappa opened a new folding carton plant in Tijuana, Mexico, in a move to expand its operations.

The folding carton facility is the company’s third site in Mexico alongside its Cerro Gordo and Naucalpan locations.

Smurfit Kappa focuses on delivering corrugated, containerboard and bag-in-box packaging solutions.

The company operates across 33 countries and has 45,000 employees.