Accredo Asia Packaging is building a new flexible packaging converting plant in Bac Tan Uyen district of the Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.

Ground-breaking for the project took place in September 2017. Phase one construction on the plant is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018, while full commissioning is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Accredo Asia is a subsidiary of US-based company Accredo Packaging. The Vietnamese plant is the second plant of the company, with the first being located in Sugar Land, Texas, US.

The new plant will enable Accredo Asia to provide value-added flexible packaging products for the pre-packaged and consumer product markets in the Vietnamese and South Asian market through the new plant.

Accredo Asia flexible packaging plant location

The new packaging plant is being built in the VSIP II-A industrial park located within the Binh Duong new township. The park offers state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities and ready-built factories.

Vietnam was identified as the plant location due to the increasing number of regional multinational consumer packaging goods (CPG) makers, which locally source packaging products.

Growing economy, highly skilled workforce and supply-chain routes in and around the region were other factors considered to locate the plant in the country.

Accredo Asia flexible packaging converting plant details

The 236,000ft² packaging plant has been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification by the US Green Building Council for its sustainable design.

“The new packaging plant is being built in the VSIP II-A industrial park located within the Binh Duong new township.”

The plant will be equipped with machine direction orientation (MDO) blown film technologies and advanced extruders capable of producing high-performance films and barriers. It will also be capable of handling both petroleum-based resins and biodegradable or recyclable eco-resins.

The facility will use an expanded colour gamut printing process, which reduces ink and solvent usage by 35%. A pre-press department will be part of the plant, which will offer digital plate-making and automated plate-mounting solutions.

Products made at Accredo Asia’s new packaging plant

The Vietnamese plant will produce flexible packaging products such as co-extruded and laminated film roll-stock, stand-up pouches and bundling films.

Specialised products such as breathable films are also part of the product portfolio. The films offer lower weight for each square foot and improved mechanical properties when compared to cast film extrusion.

The breathable film products are available under the AccredoFlex® Breathe-Lite brands and can be used in the manufacturing of diapers and feminine hygiene products.

The films can also be used for manufacturing drapes and gowns for medical and industrial protective clothing.

Sustainable features of the new packaging plant

The new flexible packaging plant will use regionally produced building materials, as well as reused or refurbished building materials for construction. It will also include energy and water conservation features to reduce its environmental footprint.

The plant will also utilise end-to-end packaging processes to eliminate waste and reduce carbon footprint. All chemicals/byproducts will be treated to reduce the waste stream.

Contractors involved

Unicon was appointed as the general contractor by Accredo Asia to complete the architectural, infrastructural, mechanical and electrical works for the plant under a contract valued at more than VND 290bn ($12.73m approximately).

Artelia Vietnam was appointed as the consultant for the project.

Marketing commentary on Accredo Asia Packaging

Both Accredo Packaging and Accredo Asia Packaging are members of the flexible packaging group, API Group of Companies, founded in 1986.

Accredo Asia and its parent company together provide a range of conventional and sustainable flexible packaging solutions for the pre-packaged and consumer product markets.

Converting capabilities of Accredo integrate all aspects of packaging, including design, research and development, extrusion, printing, lamination and manufacturing.