The investment will allow the company to enhance the Châteaubriant plant to manufacture tethered caps
Food processing and packaging solutions firm Tetra Pak has announced an investment of €100m to expand the cap production facility in Châteaubriant, France.
The investment, which will be spanned between 2021 and 2023, will allow the company to enhance the Châteaubriant plant to manufacture tethered caps by 2024.
With a current production capacity of around five billion caps, the Châteaubriant plant serves food and beverage manufacturers around the world.
Tethered caps will enable to minimise litter, as they will be connected to the package.
Under the first phase, the firm will broaden the industrial site to accommodate a 30% increase in manufacturing capacity. The expansion will help install ten additional lines for the production of tethered caps.
During the second phase between 2022 and 2023, the firm will replace up to 50% of the existing lines to expand the access of food and beverage (F&B) players to tethered caps.
Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia president Charles Brand said: “We are particularly proud of this investment project, which demonstrates how we consistently strive to provide customers with sustainable innovations and meet the rapidly changing demands of regulators and society.
“High-performance food packaging plays a critical role in feeding the world, but it must do so sustainably, so that food availability does not come at the cost of the planet.”
The latest investment is in addition to the firm’s commitment to invest around €100m per annum in the next five to 10 years for the development of more sustainable packaging solutions.
According to the company, the latest move will enable Tetra Pak’s European customers to be ready to comply with the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, a key element of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.
Covering an area of more than 30,000m², the Châteaubriant site includes 19 lines suitable for the manufacturing of six types of caps.
The factory also features equipment for the production of additional materials integrating attributed recycled polymers.