Corrugated packaging manufacturing facility
Saica Group announced the construction of its first North American corrugated packaging manufacturing facility in Hamilton, Ohio, US, in July 2020.
Saica is expected to invest approximately $72m in the facility and will create 64 new jobs in Ohio. The construction is expected to be completed in March 2022.
Saica’s investment in Hamilton is expected to be supported by the state and local incentives. The State of Ohio approved a Job Creation Tax Credit in June 2020, meanwhile JobsOhio is providing a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant and JobsOhio Workforce Grant to support the project.
The new facility will be located in the City of Hamilton’s Hamilton Enterprise Park, approximately 42km away from Cincinnati in Ohio.
Hamilton has been selected as the preferred location as it is easily accessed from the rest of the Midwest. The state of Ohio also offers the required infrastructure, supply chain, talented workforce and advanced manufacturing capabilities, as well as being close in proximity to potential clients.
The state-of-the-art production facility will extend across an area of 350,000ft² in the Hamilton Enterprise Park.
Squire Patton Boggs provided advisory services to Saica Group for the project. The group collaborated with REDI Cincinnati, JobsOhio, the City of Hamilton and the Ohio Development Services Agency for the development.
The new corrugated packaging manufacturing facility will enable the City of Hamilton to attract new manufacturing operations to the region. The selection of Cincinnati region for the facility motivates the City of Hamilton to prepare new sites for future investment.
The company has been providing sustainable and economical solutions to produce paper and recycled packaging for waste management.
In December 2017, Saica introduced Monoflex, a 100% recyclable transparent tray and cover. It is produced from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) solely to maintain and enhance the functional properties of the cover with improved transparency for greater visibility to customers. The company also introduced GreenHeart, the first flexible recycled low-density polyethylene film (LDPE) plastic packaging for industrial use.
In October 2018, Saica Natur collaborated with Repsol to maximise the use of LDPE waste. The main objective of the collaboration was to achieve long-term sustainability. The company launched a detergent tablet pouch, which was developed using 45% recycled polyethylene for waste management in June 2019.
Saica Group opened its first biomass plant in Venizel, France, in September 2019. The new equipment in the plant has contributed to a 71% decline in CO2 emissions while reducing the natural gas consumption of the plant by 89%.
In December 2019, Saica collaborated with Iveco and Carreras for a pilot project to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for long and mid-distance cargo transportation. The project is a part of the Lean & Green initiative, which hopes to decrease the CO2 emissions of the supply chain by 20% in five years.
Saica Group also expanded the Nature Kraft product portfolio, a 100% recycled and sustainable paper range of the company, in July 2020.
Founded in 1943, Saica (Sociedad Anónima Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa) is a packaging material manufacturing company based in Zaragoza, Spain. It is one of the largest European companies in the development and production of recycled paper for corrugated packaging.
The company has four business areas, including Saica Paper, Saica Natur, Saica Pack and Saica Flex.
Saica Group employs more than 10,000 employees across France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, UK, Turkey, Ireland, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Saica Group diversified its business through the acquisition of cardboard packaging (Saica Pack) and integrated waste management (Saica Natur) plants in 1975, and flexible packaging plants (Saica Flex) in 2015.
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