Nordenia has opened a second North American plant and invested €3.5m (US$4.3m) to meet flexible packaging demand.
The 17,000 square metre building is expected to create 50 jobs and produce flexible packaging for the food, garden products and pet care end markets.
The building was completed in early 2012 and a Totani bag making machine was installed in February as the first additional production line, with more lines and printing presses to follow, although the firm did not confirm a timeline.
The site, which has the second-highest sales in the Nordenia Group, generates about 25% of its sales with products for the food markets.
Nordenia said the facility creates a vital basis for future growth and centralises pre-made packaging.
The most important products are FlexZiBox, bags with four sealed edges, NorDiBag flexible packaging and stand-up pouches.
A Nordenia spokesman told FoodProductionDaily.com: “The plant converts high quality multilayer film structures to premade pouches, cut-seal and quad-seal bags.
“The printed and laminated rollstock used in this process is produced by the Nordenia USA, Indian Creek Plant.
“The new plant bundles Nordenia USA’s competencies in the production of pre-made bags and packaging, one of the companies’ most important branches.
“This includes the insertion of reclose features like zippers and sliders, pouring devices and integrated handles for additional convenience.”
The Hubble Creek plant offers permanent space for four to six additional bag lines, houses 95 employees and is owned by an external company, from which Nordenia USA is leasing the space.
Expand capacity to meet demand
He added: “We had to expand our capacities and our floor space to meet the increasing demand for innovative flexible packaging.
“North America is a growing market for flexible packaging and one of the markets the Nordenia Group is focusing on.
“The new plant will increase Nordenia’s flexibility with regard to the customers and will strengthen the companies’ competitive position.”
Last week, Mondi Group announced it had acquired Nordenia International for a cash sum of €240m to boost its consumer packaging business and reach high-growth emerging markets.