Tetra Pak will invest €36m over three years to complete a €60m technology upgrade project at its packaging material plant in Izmir, Turkey.

Following the upgrade, the plant will more than double its capacity to ten billion packs and broaden its capability to produce a wide range of packages from the Tetra Pak portfolio.

The 15 sizes and forms of packages to be produced at the plant include Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge, Tetra Gemina Aseptic 1000 Crystal and Tetra Top 500 Midi and Tetra Top 1000 Carton Bottle.

Tetra Pak Greater Middle East and Africa cluster vice president Amar Zahid said that the company’s customers have launched more than 100 products in new packages during the last three years.

"With new machines in operation by January 2015, apart from the advantages of local supply such as faster lead time, we will also be able to provide customers with a wide range of packaging options for differentiation and improved functionality," Zahid added.

The Izmir plant in Turkey has become an export hub for Tetra Pak due to its well-placed geographic location, the availability of skilled labour, and the plant’s success in terms of low waste ratios and high service levels.

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In September 2012, the company invested €25m in upgrading the packaging plant to enable local production and export of innovative packages, including Tetra Gemina Aseptic and Tetra Prisma Aseptic.

The company inaugurated a new VT laminator at the facility, which began production in January 2013 and increased production capacity by 20%.

Image: Tetra Pak’s packaging material plant in Izmir, Turkey. Photo: courtesy of Tetra Pak International SA.