The business has increased its workforce to 100 and its €8m investment across its its two production sites in Zwenkau, Germany, has seen throughput increase, although the company did not disclose the amount.
“The sites Zwenkau one and two were already among the most modern and efficient plants in our industry,” said Sean Cairns, general manager and division vice president of Sonoco Consumer Products Europe. “With the current investments we will further extend this lead and react to the rapidly increasing demand for modern plastic packaging in the food market.”
Sonoco produces injection moulded rigid plastic packaging at its two production sites in Zwenkau. Using what the business calls “in-mould labelling” (IML), it manufactures decorative plastic packaging used by companies who produce spreads, sausages, fish and diary.
Sonoco’s $5bn sales
Using IML, the business is able to inject a label directly into a packaging wall with production and labelling of food packaging combined in one single step. Both components merge during processing which is a recycling advantage as there is no need to separate martials, according to the company.
The Hockenheim-based company has operations and production sites in more than 70 places around Europe across paper and plastic packaging, and graphic management. The business was founded in 1899. With 21,000 employees and approximately $5bn worth of annualised net sales per year.