As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be one of the major growth engines for aseptic carton packaging, SIG has announced investment in the region with the construction of a second production plant in Suzhou, China.
To meet current and future customer demand, the new 120,000 square meter plant is expected to be operational in early 2021 and will be situated at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), close to the company’s existing production facility and Tech Centre. With a total investment of EUR 180 million, the new plant will ensure exceptional delivery on outstanding opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, where most countries continue to grow significantly. The plant is expected to achieve world-class environmental, safety and operational performance right from the start.
The new production facility is testament to SIG’s strong partnership with SIP and the local government, as well as its unparalleled commitment to deliver world-class packaging, service and the most modern solutions to the rapidly growing Asian markets and to China in particular. SIG’s recently opened cutting-edge Tech Centre in Suzhou supports customer collaboration in the development and implementation of innovative product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions.
Across Asia, millions of people are only now starting to consume packaged food and beverages. The rise of new consumers, driven by increasing income, changing lifestyles and new consumption habits, represents a huge opportunity for aseptic carton packaging with its long shelf life without the need of a cooling chain.
At the same time, young and growing populations are adopting modern lifestyles in urban areas, with more on-the-go consumption, an increasing awareness of health and wellness, and a growing demand for high-quality nutritional food and beverage products.
“The food and beverage market in Asia has seen continuous growth and is expected to continue on that path. Our new production plant will ensure we continue to excel at bringing new and exciting product and packaging concepts to market, quickly and efficiently. Together with our Tech Centre close by, the new plant is another pivotal moment for SIG in Asia. We will grow our business in the APAC region, but also expedite true beverage and dairy innovation for our customers, so they can quickly adapt to the changing lifestyle needs of Asian consumers.”
Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG
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Standing Up To Covid-19
SIG has launched a new online story hub, featuring the latest activities and actions the company is taking as part of a global response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The story hub is now live at www.sig.biz and will be updated in the coming weeks and months as the company continues to act and respond to the new Covid-19 reality.
Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, SIG has been taking decisive action in a number of ways as individuals, communities and a global company. This has included immediate actions to protect its employees and customer supply chains, together with various community projects and donations in the regions it operates.
The new story hub has been designed to gather all these global efforts and initiatives into one easy-to-navigate platform with three main story themes: employee stories, food supply stories, and community stories.
Keeping people safe and secure
With health and safety its highest priority, SIG has been working to protect the health and wellbeing of employees across its plants, offices and facilities. This has included everything from immediately enacting a global pandemic preparedness plan and ensuring all employees adhere to the strictest hygiene guidelines, to working remotely when and where possible as well as organising social distance and online workouts.
“The safety of SIG employees is always our highest priority. Around the world, our local teams and task forces are not only following official guidance from all relevant health authorities. They’re often going above and beyond to protect the health and safety of colleagues throughout our plants, offices and facilities,” said Ian Wood, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and Leader of SIG’s Global Corona Response Team.
Ensuring food stays safe and available
In many countries where it has production facilities, SIG is among the businesses defined as critical infrastructure. This means the company can continue providing essential services to society at a time when reliable food supply is more important than ever. And to keep up with the current demand, SIG has been operating at near full capacity to ensure its customers can deliver a continuous supply of food and beverage products to consumers.
“All over the world, businesses have had to quickly change how they work, adhering to lockdowns and social distancing,” added Wood. “For those providing essential services for society, such as food and beverage companies, this has proved particularly challenging. So, at SIG, we’ve been doing everything we can to keep food supply running as normal.”
Serving communities for the better
During Covid-19, SIG has recognised that its contribution to local communities is more important than ever. As a result, the company has been carrying out and supporting a number of additional community projects. This has included donating face masks to hospitals and medical centres, providing essential food and hygiene items to disadvantaged families, and partnering with producers to deliver food and drink products to frontline healthcare workers.
“At SIG, we know the importance of being part of a community. And now more than ever, we need to continue providing community support where and when we can – from helping our healthcare heroes on the frontline to ensuring children in need receive essential food and aid packages during this time of uncertainty,” said Wood.
Read SIG’s Covid-19 stories at: https://www.sig.biz/en/company/standing-up-to-covid19/
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Axia Best Managed Companies
Multivac receives an award
Multivac is a winner of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020, a seal of approval that is awarded by Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and BDI to companies, which are judged to be outstandingly well managed. Christian Traumann, Group President of Multivac, accepted the award yesterday in Munich.
Medium-sized companies are extremely important to the German economy. The Axia Best Managed Companies Award gives recognition to those medium-sized or family-owned companies based in Germany, which are judged to have exemplary management. The participating companies were able to qualify for the award through a multi-stage process. The evaluation was based on the four core areas of Strategy, Productivity & Innovation, Culture & Commitment, and Finances & Governance. The prize winners were then selected by a jury, consisting of well-known representatives from commerce, science and the media.
“As one of the prize winners, Multivac impressed the judges with its first-class company management – thanks to its great strength of innovation, its long-term strategic aims, and its very strong governance structures. Multivac is therefore not only the benchmark for outstandingly well managed medium-sized companies, it is also emblematic of the future of Germany as a major economic centre,” emphasizes Lutz Meyer, Partner and Head of the Program for Medium-Sized Enterprises at Deloitte.
“We are constantly striving to further optimise our business processes, and to align our range of products and services ever closer to the current requirements of the market and our customers,” said Christian Traumann, Group President of Multivac. “The award is therefore very pleasing as confirmation of our company strategy and the efforts of all our staff.”
Christian Traumann also stated, that a fundamental factor in the company’s success was the wide product range, which is constantly being adapted to the needs of the marketplace, and which extends from individual machines for small handcraft companies to fully automated production lines. These include solutions for a wide spectrum of applications – from food processing and packaging through to medical products and industrial items. The success of Multivac is also founded on the international nature of the company. Thanks to its 87 subsidiaries throughout the world, Multivac is not only able to stay closer to its customers and guarantee shorter delivery times, but also compensate for economic risks in some regions with new opportunities in others. And last but not least, as Christian Traumann summarised in conclusion, the high level of in-house vertical manufacturing also makes a major contribution to the company’s success.
The Axia Best Managed Companies (BMC) Program is a competition organised by Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and BDI in Germany, and it is a seal of approval for medium-sized companies. The vision is to build up a national and global structure of outstandingly well managed medium-sized companies. A significant and unique feature of the BMC is its international character: it was founded in the 1990’s by Deloitte in Canada, and it has since been introduced successfully in more than 20 countries.