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Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion

Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America.

The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the US, expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.

It was in September last year that Castellazzo Bormida-based Gualapack formally opened its latest unit of 2,600 square metres in the Costa Rican capital San José. The group’s first plant in the region will turn out Gualapack’s full ‘Cheerpack DP’ spouted stand-up food and beverage pouch range.

Gualapack Costa Rica intends to penetrate Central and South America including Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The group, formed from the 2010 merger of two Italian flexpack suppliers Gualapack and Piacenza-based Safta, has three production units in Italy as well as joint ventures Secure Packaging in China, Cheer Pack North America and a partnership in Japan.

Child safe and child friendly ‘Cheerpack DP’ pouches are used for baby food, fruit purée, use its anti-choking ‘BabyCap’, and also have applications for dairy snacks, sauces, condiments and beverages, said Gualapack.

Apart from Italy, the firm operates a plant at Nadab in Romania which it established a little over two years ago.

Source: European Plastics News

US pouch demand expected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016

Reportlinker is reporting the demand for pouches in the US is projected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016 based on stand up pouches sustainability, functionality and branding opportunities over other packaging. Consumer acceptance of pouches over rigid containers will buoy demand, as will such advantages as superior aesthetic appeal, portability, light weight, reduced material use and significantly lower shipping costs than rigid containers. Heightened use of reclosing and dispensing fitments will increase the competitiveness of pouches against rigid containers.

Processed foods applications will show growth in the pouch packaging market based on the popularity of baby food and fruit snacks in spouted pouches and conversions from rigid containers. Growth opportunity is also expected in the beverage market as spouted pouches further penetrate alcoholic beverages, premixed cocktails, sports drinks and energy drinks.

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Cheer Pack North America moving operations to W. Bridgewater

Cheer Pack North America LLC, a focused solution provider for brand owners looking at production capabilities for their spouted flexible packaging requirements, is planning to relocate its manufacturing facility from Plymouth, Massachusetts to One United Drive in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts as part of a major capital expansion. The relocation and expansion project will result in the retention of Cheer Pack’s current 35 employees and the addition of 75 new manufacturing jobs resulting in 110 new jobs in the town of West Bridgewater. The company plans to lease 187,500 s.f. in the industrial building, which has a total floor space 315,000 s.f. and has been largely unoccupied for the last couple of years. Cheer Pack develops and manufactures proprietary spouted pouch packaging for the food and beverage industries. According to Steve Gosling, President of Cheer Pack, “The demand for our unique food packaging products has grown tremendously resulting in the need to substantially increase our capacity. It is an exciting opportunity for the company, the town of West Bridgewater, and the entire southeastern Massachusetts region.”

The company plans to make an investment of approximately $23 million over the next five years in building renovations and the purchase and installation of machinery and equipment. According to Mark Kasberg, Treasurer of Cheer Pack, “The building renovations and a significant portion of the machinery and equipment installation will be completed in the first year of the project. We hope to move into the building and commence operations in the second quarter of 2012.” It is expected that all of the 35 employees working in Cheer Pack’s Plymouth facility will continue to work at the new West Bridgewater location, which is 26 miles away.

“There is still a significant amount of work to be done over the next several weeks before the long-term lease is signed and the plan becomes final,” said Rod Jané of New England Expansion Strategies, project consultant for Cheer Pack North America. The company is working with town officials and boards to obtain permits for the project. Additionally, the company and the town are exploring the possibility of Tax Increment Financing, as well as investment tax credits from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Economic Development Incentives Program. West Bridgewater joined the Brockton area Economic Target Area in 2004 for the purpose of being able to offer state and local benefits for job creating projects like the Cheer Pack project. “In order to earn these benefits, the company will have to commit to job creation and investment goals and deliver on those goals,” said Jané. He added that “the West Bridgewater town officials and boards have been absolutely great to work with. They have been responsive and very helpful. This is clearly a business friendly town.”