Pusa Pack plant manufactures large-capacity flexible bags for the storage and transport of bulk food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and other liquid and semi-liquid products

Pusa Pack

Smurfit Kappa acquires liner bag plant in Spain (Credit: Smurfit Kappa)

Smurfit Kappa, a product packaging company, has signed an agreement to acquire the Pusa Pack bag-in-box packaging plant located in Onda, Spain.

Located near Castellón in the Valencian region, Pusa Pack specialises in the production of large-capacity flexible bags with capacities ranging from 200 to 1500 litres.

The bags are intended for use in the transportation and storage of liquid and semi-liquid products such as bulk food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

Under the deal, Smurfit Kappa’s Bag-in-Box operations in Spain will incorporate Pusa Pack.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box CEO Thierry Minaud said: “Heavy-duty packaging is evolving towards more environmentally friendly solutions.

“We increasingly see the trend of companies moving away from plastic or stainless steel intermediate bulk containers (IBC) in favour of much more sustainable corrugated solutions which have a considerably lower carbon footprint.

“It makes perfect sense – if we compare a Smurfit Kappa IBC made of fully recyclable, biodegradable and renewable corrugated with a rigid plastic container, we see an 87% reduction in plastic weight, significant supply chain optimisation, elimination of cleaning requirements and shelf life extension for the product when aseptic filling technology is applied.”

Since 2002, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has supplied premium big-capacity bags and corrugated cardboard containers from its sales office in Liquiwell, Germany, to the heavy-duty packaging sector.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box is the Bag-in-Box provider in Europe, along with its Vitop wine tap.

Pusa Pack previous owner Vicente Salvá said: “We are glad to join Smurfit Kappa Group, it will definitely bring a lot of opportunities to our company.”

Earlier this month, the company unveiled its new sustainable packaging solution for e-commerce wine sales and growth.

Certified by Amazon as “Frustration-Free Packaging” (FFP), the latest generic packaging option can accommodate various case sizes and wine bottle varieties.