Saica Group is building a new corrugated board plant in Barcelona with an investment of over €100 million, aspiring to increase its factories’ combined production by up to 45%.

Set to begin operations in the spring of 2025, the plant – located in the Sant Esteve Sesrovires municipality – is set to combine the operations currently carried out at Saica Pack El Prat and Saica Pack Barcelona. The facility is expected to combine flexography and offset processes and digitalize customer services in an effort to deliver high-quality standards and service.

Furthermore, the facility aims to adjust to changes in market demand and overcome roadblocks surrounding space at its existing facilities. Saica Group intends to cater the plant’s output towards the southern European packaging market and assist in customers’ plans for growth.

The existing facilities in Barcelona and El Prat will continue to operate until the new factory opens, at which point production will gradually transfer to the new facility. Workers at both plants and their representatives are reportedly involved in the process and will be offered the opportunity to transfer.

Ramón Alejandro, chairman at Saica Group, commented: “This investment will allow us to have the latest digital technology. We will be able to increase our production capacity and also improve the service we provide to our customers.”

In a similar development, Saica Group acquired 76% of Fox Recykling’s shares last year. It was hoped that Saica could expand its waste management services in the Eastern European market through its Saica Natur business division.

Similarly, Metsä Group’s Kemi bioproduct mill and paperboard mill expansion commenced operations in October; and Smurfit Kappa invested €27 million into a new waste management and recovery facility at its Nervión paper mill.

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