九月 8, 2016
Sonoco Europe has expanded its production sites for injection-molded rigid plastic packaging in Zwenkau, Germany. By investing approximately Euro 8 million and adding 25 new employees, the Hockenheim-based company aims to increase production capacity and improve the location’s energy efficiency.
In Zwenkau, Sonoco produces injection-molded rigid plastic packaging using advanced in-mold labelling (IML) technology. IML technology allows for the creation of highly decorated, visually appealing plastic containers particularly suitable for uniquely showcasing spreads, sausage products, fish and dairy produce. Additionally, Sonoco produces IML lids for rigid paper containers in Zwenkau.
By expanding its two production sites in Zwenkau, Sonoco significantly increases its production capacities for injection-molded rigid plastic packaging. Until recently, the site known as Zwenkau II was primarily used to provide additional capacity to assist with peaks in production demand. Since June 2016, the Company has continuously operated on a three-shift basis.
The workforce has increased from 75 to 100 staff, and approximately Euro 8 million were invested in the facility expansion. All lines are now supplied with resin directly and fully automatically from on-site granule silos. The company further established additional office space and a high-bay warehouse.
An increasing number of food manufacturers use Sonoco’s decorated IML injection-molded rigid plastic packaging for moist and sensitive food products. Thanks to the IML technology, production and labelling of containers are combined in one single process step. The label is injected directly into the packaging wall and is preferably made from the same plastic substance as the container. Both components merge during processing – an advantage in terms of recycling as there is no need to separate materials. Most importantly, IML opens up a wide range of design possibilities and outstanding tactile and visual effects. Plastic containers can be designed in various shapes and colors, including transparent windows and photorealistic images.