SAN ANTONIO, Texas (News release) -- Smurfit Kappa has strengthened its Vitop® tap manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of an injection facility in San Antonio, Texas, US. The Vitop® tap occupies the No. 1 position in the world for wine taps and has revolutionised the Bag-in-Box® system due to its tamper-proof design and extended shelf life.
A series of investments will be made to equip the new 100,000 sq ft facility with additional technology to provide a number of Bag-in-Box® solutions including the new Delta tap for rigid packaging.
"Acquiring this new US facility is an important milestone for Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box®," said Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of [Smurfit Kappa] Vitop®.
The new plant will play an important part in the US market. Premium bag-in-box wines are a rapidly growing segment in the North America beverage sector. Smurfit Kappa has also seen increased demand for liquid packaging solutions for olive oil, water, fruit juice and motor oil.
When up and running fully, the new plant will employ 70 employees. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® operates in 12 countries worldwide.
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