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SAICA Pack completes series of upgrades to increase performance capacity at its Ashbourne corrugated plant in The UK

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SAICA Pack completes series of upgrades to increase performance capacity at its Ashbourne corrugated plant in The UK

April 23, 2018 - 06:33
  • ZARAGOZA, Spain, April 23, 2018 (Press Release) -
  • SAICA PACK Ashbourne have streamlined their business to meet ever increasing customer demand through a range of recent investment upgrades.
  • In 2017, SAICA PACK Ashbourne received an A* BRC global standards rating.

SAICA’s packaging plant in Ashbourne, County Meath, has completed a series of strategic upgrades in an effort to future-proof and ensure a sustainable future for the business. The upgrades are intended to increase performance capacity and include improvement to die-cutting and speciality gluing machinery.

To showcase these technological upgrades and the diverse performance capabilities, SAICA Ashbourne hosted a customer product knowledge training event in November 2017. The event was a great success with over 50 of Ireland’s blue chip businesses attending as SAICA demonstrated how their machinery can accommodate a range of packaging requirements.

The new infrastructure links to SAICA’s wider strategic plan and has contributed to the factory receiving an A* BRC Global Standards rating in 2017. The rating demonstrates the factory’s commitment to putting human safety and food safety as its number one priority.

Improvements to print technology have been welcomed across the factory, aiding productivity whilst delivering an exceptional performance per gram. Speaking on the impact of the investments, Ireland’s Regional Director, John Smart, says:

“It is SAICA’s intention to upgrade our machinery and ensure we invest in high quality conversion and corrugator technology to provide the best service for our customers. For example, at Ashbourne we have upgraded our corrugator to a bespoke performance fluting system, which has yielded great returns.”

The upgrades in Ashbourne follow the consolidation of the SAICA RENOVE investment programme. The RENOVE programme was launched in 2014 and saw €250 million invested in production machinery at 34 European locations, including Spain, France, Italy, UK, Ireland and Turkey.

Looking to the future, SAICA PACK Ashbourne is in the process of creating an apprenticeship programme in partnership with the area’s colleges. It is hoped the programme will retain local talent and harbour innovation within the community, of which SAICA PACK Ashbourne is a major employer.