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Smurfit Kappa Continues to Invest in Its Paper Sacks Business in Latin America

Smurfit Kappa - Columbia At Smurfit Kappa's plant in Palmira, Colombia, a new Windmoller & Holscher machine used in the production of paper sacks is now fully operational.

Feb. 4, 2021 - Smurfit Kappa announced further investments in the expansion and modernisation of its paper sacks business in Latin America in response to growing market trends and the increasing need for environmentally sustainable paper sacks.

In Colombia, a new Windmoller & Holscher paper sacks machine at Smurfit Kappa's plant in Palmira is now fully operational. This, representing a USD $9.5 million investment, which was announced in February 2020, has increased the plant's production capacity by an additional 100 million multi-ply paper sacks per year, as well as improving the print quality and performance of the sacks.

In the second quarter of 2021 Smurfit kappa plans to invest USD $1 million in the modernisation of its paper sacks plant in San Jose, Costa Rica. The acquisition of a state-of-the-art flexographic printer from Expert Group will optimise the printing capabilities of this plant to meet the growing demand for high resolution graphics in the market.

Smurfit Kappa has also started a project to modernise and expand one of the paper machines at its facility in Cali, Colombia. This USD $19 million investment will be developed with Voith Group and A.Celli Group. The project will increase production capacity, and the quality and performance of the sacks paper.

Smurfit Kappa's paper sacks represent a sustainable, high-performance and innovative packaging solution for various markets, including construction, cement, chemical, food and agro-industrial sectors in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Smurfit Kappa is a leading producer of paper-based packaging with around 45,000 employees across 33 countries. To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: Smurfit Kappa

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