Corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has strengthened its paper sacks business in Latin America with $40m investment.

The investment will help the company address the demand for environmentally sustainable paper sacks.

Smurfit Kappa commenced operation of its new Windmoller & Holscher paper sacks machine at its Palmira plant in Colombia.

With $9.5m investment, the machine will increase the plant’s production capacity by further 100 million multi-ply paper sacks on an annual basis.

It follows $10m investment for the expansion of its paper sacks plant in the Dominican Republic in 2018.

Additionally, the company will continue modernisation of its San Jose paper sacks plant in Costa Rica with $1m in the second quarter of 2021.

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The company also purchased an advanced flexographic printer from the Italian brand Expert Group.

Smurfit Kappa The Americas CEO Juan Castañeda said: “This unprecedented growth and modernisation plan in the region strengthens Smurfit Kappa’s value proposition for our paper sacks customers, who can trust us as a long-term ally, that has a clear focus on innovation, efficiency, quality and superior performance, and will continue to support and accompany them in their growth and sustainability goals.”

Furthermore, the company will upgrade and expand a paper machine at its Colombia facility in Cali with $19m investment.

Smurfit Kappa will collaborate with technology firms Voith Group and A.Celli Group for the modernisation project.

Recently, Smurfit Kappa introduced new eBottle packaging solutions range designed for single and multi-pack products, as well as the Rollor bottle pack, BiPack, and Pop-up insert.