Sonoco adds thermoforming and blow molding capacity

Published: October 31, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Blow Molding, Thermoforming

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 31, 11:40 a.m. ET) — Sonoco Products Co. announced two expansions to its growing plastics packaging business this week.

The newest: 18,000 square feet of space at its Waynesville, N.C., plant, where it plans to start up a new multilayer, trim-in-place thermoforming line.

The line will make polypropylene food containers, including complex shapes for chilled foods and shelf-stable foods. The plant also added 33 employees.

“This investment in large-scale multilayer polypropylene production complements our existing capabilities for processed food packaging, which include crystallized PET and polypropylene frozen food trays; portion control cups; and blow molded bottles for retorted and aseptically processed beverages,” said Rodger Fuller, vice president of rigid plastics, in a news release.

Hartsville-based Sonoco acquired the Waynesville plant in 2010, as part of its purchase of Associated Packaging Technologies Inc. of Chadds Ford, Pa.

The company also announced this week that it has started commercial production of rigid plastic containers for personal care products at its new $15 million plant in New Albany, Ohio.

The 142,230-square-foot plant currently is operating 11 injection stretch blow molding lines, making PET bottles for personal care products. The plant also has four injection molding machines making components for wall air fresheners.

With the New Albany plant opening, which the company had previously announced, Sonoco now has 25 plastics operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany.


Comments

Sonoco adds thermoforming and blow molding capacity

Published: October 31, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

'Thermoforming has nearly limitless possibilities'

April 18, 2014 12:54 pm ET

Julie McAlindon of PolyOne Corp. speaks about the future of thermoforming and the integration of Spartech Corp.    More

Image

Increased orders prompt Georg Utz to add capacity, equipment in Indiana

April 18, 2014 12:20 pm ET

Plastic totes and tray orders have picked up to the point where manufacturer Georg Utz Inc. has added machines, silos and material feed systems to...    More

Spain's Cristian Lay Group buys two materials units of bankrupt LSB

April 17, 2014 11:11 am ET

Spanish industrial conglomerate Cristian Lay Group has purchased two of the bankrupt Spanish PET packaging group La Seda de Barcelona.    More

Image

British consumers still want their squeeze bottles when it comes to ketchup

April 16, 2014 10:02 am ET

Research commissioned by the British Plastics Federation's packaging group shows that when it comes to the nation's favorite tomato ketchup, 77...    More

With European Parliament vote looming, official urges bag restriction

April 16, 2014 9:56 am ET

Janez Potocnik, Europe's commissioner for the environment, told the European Parliament April 15 that plastic shopping bags are a “highly visibl...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Automotive Market Review and Outlook 2014 The Americas

This 75-page report features in-depth analysis of the automotive industry for the Americas. It includes discussions of market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting production and threats as well as design strategies being implemented by the major automakers. Detailed charts and data tables outline North American automotive production over the last five years.

Learn more

Plastics Building & Construction Market Review and Outlook 2014 with MS Excel chart data

This report provides in-depth analysis of the plastic building and construction market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats and the latest developments in construction trends that impact plastics processors.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events