Tetra Pak has announced an ambitious three-year project involving an investment of €100 million targeting the expansion of its Châteaubriant, France-based closures production facility. Throughout the period from late 2021 to 2023, the plant will actively expand and transition its production away from conventional caps only, to include the production of tethered caps. The entire operation will be completed by 2024.
The investment will be spread over two phases. The first will begin in late 2021, where the company will enlarge the industrial site to accommodate a 30% increase in manufacturing capacity through the installation of ten additional lines that will be dedicated to the production of tethered caps. Then, between 2022 and 2023, approximately 50% of the existing lines will be replaced, again to ensure the company will be able to meet its food and beverage customers’ anticipated demand for tethered caps.
The project, which comes on top of the company’s commitment to invest approximately €100 million per year over the next 5-10 years to develop more sustainable packaging solutions - is essential to ensure that Tetra Pak’s customers in Europe will be ready to comply with the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, an integral part of the wider approach announced in the Plastics Strategy and an important element of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.