European corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has announced a significant investment to scale up its Bag-in-Box capacity in Spain. 

The company has injected €54m ($58.76m), which it says will double the capacity of its Bag-in-Box Ibi plant in Alicante.  

This strategic move aims to improve the sustainability of both the plant’s operations and its product portfolio. 

The company will introduce advanced waste management systems and achieve substantial energy savings as part of the move, reinforcing the plant’s commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.  

Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO Saverio Mayer said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to the Bag-in-Box division and forms part of our multicountry expansion plan. We have invested €90m in the Ibi plant throughout the last decade which has significantly enhanced our offering. 

“Our customers know that when they choose us, they will get everything they need for their product, invariably resulting in a beautifully designed bag-in-box with a reduced carbon footprint.”  

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Smurfit’s Bag-in-Box Ibi plant is known for its efficient recycling capabilities, utilising advanced systems to segregate byproducts. 

The plant produces a wide array of Bag-in-Box products for various liquids, including water, liquid eggs, wine, and cooking oils.  

Smurfit Ibi plant general manager Pascual Martínez said: “We are proud to be taking Ibi to the next level through this investment and creating a further 200 jobs for the local economy. We have a talented and very skilled team here that can solve even the most complex challenge. I am excited about embarking on the next chapter for Ibi.” 

In November last year, Smurfit Kappa expanded its Bag-in-Box portfolio of sustainable films with a new recyclable film, ‘Lx polyethylene’.