Flexible packaging maker Ecolean AB is opening a new factory and warehouse in China to increase production.
The move expands the company's current production site in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, or TEDA, near Beijing, the Helsingborg, Sweden-based company said.
Ecolean makes packaging for the liquid food and dairy markets. Designed to mimic the shape of a pitcher, the packaging takes up little space in the waste stream after its use, the company said.
Ecolean uses a combination of plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene — and 40 percent chalk to create the film packaging, the company said.
“China is one of the most important growth markets for Ecolean, and this major investment underlines our long-term dedication to the markets in Asia,” CEO Peter L. Nilsson said in news release.
Construction in China nearly triples the company's capacity in that country. China and Russia are the company's largest markets among 30 countries, the company said.
The 4,900-square-meter production site in China is part of a larger 50 million euro ($62.5 million) investment that includes a new factory and more production in Helsingborg, the company said.
Along with packaging, the company also makes filling machines.
Ecolean also recently opened an office in Dallas to help gain business in North America and South America.