Tetra Pak is one of the world’s best-known multinational packaging companies with interests in food processing and packaging across 150 countries worldwide.
The company, of Swedish origin, was founded in 1951 and has been responsible for some definitive packaging systems such as Tetra Brik, Tetra Classic, Tetra Wedge (wedge shaped), Tetra Fino (Pouch), Tetra Rex (gable top), Tetra Top and Tetra Recart.
Tetra Pak’s strong area of innovation is in aseptic processing of liquid food and packaging.
When combined with ultra-high-temperature processing (UHT),this gives liquid food such as milk and fruit juice the ability to be stored under room temperature conditions for up to a year.
TETRA PAK ITALY
In May 2008, as part of a series of manufacturing investments across its operations, Tetra Pak announced a new investment in its Rubiera facility in Italy. The investment will consist of laminating and printing technologies and is expected to require an estimated €26m (£21m). The new technology will increase the printing capacity of the plant by 25% and the laminating capacity by 30%.
The plant will upgrade to a new VT Lam 650/6 WRM laminator, which is the first installation of this model in Europe, and also a new Flexopress printing line that will give high quality and more flexible production. The laminator will be in operation by March 2009, giving a boost in production from 3 billion packs to 4 billion packs per year by the end of 2009.
The new laminator will be able to produce all varieties and sizes of Tetra Pak, including Tetra Prisma Aseptic and Tetra Gemina Aseptic. It will allow higher quality and faster production.
The new Flexopress printing line will start commercial operation in November 2008 and will be capable of printing on a wide variety of packaging materials, increasing choice, boosting printing capacity and giving faster turnaround times. Both of these machines will contribute to Tetra Pak’s commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 10% before 2010.
Alber Kaya, the factory manager at the Tetra Pak Rubiera facility, commented: “Tetra Pak’s investment in Italy will result in increased innovation, quality and service for the benefit of Italian customers and consumers alike.”
Jorge Montero, managing director of Tetra Pak Italy, commented: “An investment of this size demonstrates our continued commitment to helping customers grow their businesses using our state-of-the-art packaging and processing systems… It also marks an important milestone in our global focus on operational performance.”
The Rubiera plant exports 15% of production to 19 different neighbouring countries in Europe.