BRUSSELS, July 1, 2021 (PPI Europe) -Tetra Pak has announced plans to invest Euro 100 million ($119 million) to support the transition to tethered caps production by 2024 at its Châteaubriant site in France.
Tethered caps will contribute to minimizing waste, as the cap will stay attached to the package, the company said.
The investment will take place in two phases. The first will start in late 2021, when the company will expand the site to allow for a 30% increase in manufacturing capacity with the installation of 10 additional lines producing tethered caps. The second will occur between 2022 and 2023 with the replacement of approximately 50% of the existing lines.
“This step – that is in addition to the company’s commitment to invest approximately Euro 100 million per year over the next five-10 years to develop more sustainable packaging solutions – is key to ensuring that Tetra Pak’s customers in Europe will be ready to comply with the Single Use Plastics Directive, an integral part of the wider approach announced in the Plastics Strategy and an important element of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan,” Tetra Pak said in a statement.
The Châteaubriant facility produced some five billion caps in 2020, serving food and beverage manufacturers globally.