Toppan Printing is set to open a new JPY27bn ($293m) facility in Ora-gun, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, in a bid to bolster its business with a focus on flexible packaging materials.
The new 154,000m² Gunma plant will be positioned by Toppan Printing as a 'mother factory' for the production of flexible packaging for overseas markets.
According to the company, construction of the plant, which started in November 2012, is slated to be complete in March 2014.
The plant, which will see the installation of new equipment to strengthen its production capacity, is set to supply packaging materials for food and toiletries, as well as for healthcare products.
A clean production environment and advanced quality control system will also be set up at the plant, which will provide materials that use the company's barrier films including GL Film and Prime Barrier to food, healthcare and industrial materials sectors.
Production of the main base materials for the composite containers, which are used in flexible packaging, paperboard cartons and plastics, is expected to be strengthened at the plant.
A production structure combining R&D and production will be created by establishing an R&D facility within the site of the new plant.
The company aims to strengthen its production structure and expand its packaging material business by providing new technologies and products to growing overseas markets.
Minimisation of environmental impact will take place through recovering and reusing the volatile organic compounds produced in production processes at the plant.
The plant will also accommodate energy equipment such as cogeneration systems, which improve overall energy efficiency by using exhaust heat to generate power, thus reducing electricity consumption.
Image: Toppan's $293m Gunma facility will manufacture flexible packaging materials. Photo: Toppan Printing Co, Ltd.