Vetropack Group, a glass manufacturing company based in Switzerland, is developing a new glass production plant in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy, through its subsidiary Vetropack Italia and with an estimated investment of more than Sfr400m ($418.8m).
Announced in November 2018, the new facility will replace Vetropack’s existing facility in Trezzano sul Naviglio and will predominantly serve the Italian market. The groundbreaking ceremony for the facility’s construction was held in October 2021. The plant is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2023.
The new, advanced facility will offer flexible production and meet Vetropack’s goal of focusing on sustainable processes.
The new production plant is being built in the industrial site of Boffalora sopra Ticino, near Milan, on the former Reno di Medici paper mill site. The site is located at a strategic junction that connects to the road network.
The existing SP225 road system will be modified to improve accessibility and safety. Public car parking, as well as a lorry park, will be constructed to avoid disturbing the existing roadway.
The site also provides sufficient space for future expansion.
Vetropack’s new manufacturing facility details
The new facility will cover an area of 347,000m² (3.73 million ft²), of which 170,000m² (1.82 million ft²) will be used for production facilities, including the batch house, Hot End building and Cold End building. Initially, two furnaces will be put into operation, which will increase Vetropack’s production capacity by approximately 70%.
The facility will be equipped with high-performance, advanced technologies to increase flexibility and resource efficiency. The technologies will enable the production of high-quality and customised packaging even for small volumes.
Site-yard set up, land reclamation activities and the beginning of the Hot End building foundations were developed between September and November 2021.
Between November 2021 and January 2022, the Hot End building foundations were completed and a section of the sewage system was put in place. Excavation works for the Cold End building plinths and foundation work for one furnace, Furnace 95, were also undertaken in this period.
Construction of the Hot End building continued between February and March 2022, along with the start of construction of the Cold End building and base camp.
Installation of batch house cullet silos and construction of the energy recovery building commenced between May and June 2022. During this period, the Hot End building’s roof structure installation was started and the chimney stack of the glass cleaning plant was completed. In addition, the excavation work for the foundations of the administration building and the installation of the Cold End building’s precast walls and roofs commenced.
Vetropack commenced work on the firefighting reservoir between July and September 2022. Construction on the batch house’s cullet storage and raw material silos was also begun, along with the construction and insulation of the Hot End building’s facades and roof.
Other works undertaken during the period included installing the furnace pillars in the Hot End building control room, the administrative building’s prefabricated concrete frame and the warehouse foundations.
Vetropack is incorporating various sustainable measures to reduce the environmental footprint of the project. The facility is being built by reusing secondary materials, such as the demolition material from the former paper mill. The design is also expected to have the lowest levels of day and night noise emissions within legal limits.
Recirculation systems will be installed to reuse the water used for production and exhaust heat from the blast furnaces. Emissions will be significantly reduced with the help of the latest filter systems.
The facility will be installed with photovoltaic systems to generate renewable energy. In addition, 31,000m² (333,681ft²) of green cover will be created on the site, which will be accessible through a 2.5km cycle and pedestrian path.
Vetropack’s new facility was designed by A2N Studio Associato, an architecture firm based in Italy.
The construction company GSE Italia was appointed as the general contractor for the project.
STI Engineering, a provider of design and consulting services, was subcontracted by GSE for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), detailed structural design, and site supervision.
GSE also subcontracted Montana, an engineering consultancy, as the environmental consultant.
ARTELIA Italia, an engineering, project management and consulting firm, provided project engineering and building information management (BIM) services.
The batch house and two cullet return systems for the project will be supplied by Zippe, a developer of batch and cullet systems for glass plants.
Steel Structures designer and developer BIT was contracted to supply the hot and cold metal framework for the plant.
Revimac, a glass container equipment supplier, will supply and commission various equipment, including loaders, conveyors, piping systems, cable trays and cables.
Ventilation technology company Aerotec was awarded the contract to supply a natural ventilation system.
Fire risk assessment services provider Rainieri Studio Tecnico was the firefighting consultant for the project, and i.Geo, a provider of geophysical and geological consulting services, was the geological consultant.
Germany-based independent consultant CM.Project.ing is also involved in the project.
Marketing commentary on Vetropack
The Vetropack Group is an independent, family-owned company with headquarters in Switzerland. It is a supplier of high-quality glass packaging for the food and beverage industry. It also provides tailored solutions for the specific needs of its customers.
Vetropack employs approximately 4,000 people and operates eight glasswork plants in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Italy. Vetropack Italia produces, sells and distributes glass packaging in Italy as well as select export markets.