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Thursday 4th January 2024

Avanti Conveyors are part of the £50m investment from Saica in Livingston

Saica Group, founded in 1943 in a small paper mill in Zaragoza, is one of the leading companies in Europe for sustainable solutions for paper and packaging manufacturing, as well as for waste management and recovery. Saica Pack prides itself on offering end-to-end innovative and cost-effective corrugated packaging solutions to customers in a variety of industries, including food and beverages, health and beauty and many more. Today, Saica Group has more than 10,000 employees across 11 different countries and has annual consolidated sales of over €4.3 bn. Saica Pack operates across 51 sites globally, including nine in the UK and two in Ireland.

“Saica continues to invest heavily in the UK. The most significant example of this commitment to growth has been the new flagship Saica Pack facility that opened during 2023 in Livingston, Scotland,” explains Brian Lister, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Saica Pack. “The project began back in 2020, but due to COVID, took time to formulate. We were proud to open the plant in 2023.”

The total investment into the Livingston facility stands at over £50m, a significant investment that demonstrates Saica’s commitment to the Scottish market for the long-term.

He continues, “A lot of our production is for the FMCG sector, and much of this is in food and drink, so we are an important part of that supply chain. We produce attractive packaging for food, beverages, detergents; as well as many other industries and business sectors from e-commerce to distribution. The strategic investment in the Livingston factory has enabled Saica Pack to further expand our customer base, increasing our capacity and offering for customers in Scotland. A notable success has been the work done for Dewars White Label at the Livingston facility, a successful collaboration that led to two nominations at this year’s FlexoTech Awards.”

State of the Art

“The Livingston manufacturing facility features state-of-the-art technology, and we are really proud of it. A substantial amount of in-depth research was conducted to ensure that the facility would not only meet current client needs but also anticipate future market trends,” continues Lister.

He adds, “A key part of that research was establishing exactly what machinery would be required on site. Notable items of equipment include a Fosber S/Line corrugator, which is a wider corrugator with improved run speed to improve lead times and enable automatic control of running parameters vs board grade. We also have an Avanti conveyor system, which has led to a more efficient operation, an improvement in health and safety, reduced work in progress damage, and maximum converting machine outputs. And we have a range of new BOBST machinery to enable precision printing, cutting, folding and gluing.”

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Article, video and images reproduced with kind permission from Brunton Business Publications Ltd.

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