Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, inaugurated the country’s first-ever aseptic carton packaging material factory in Binh Duong on July 3, adding Vietnam to its global supply chain map.
As Tetra Pak’s eighth factory in the Asia-Pacific region, the $135.5 million regional manufacturing facility is set to produce aseptic cartons for domestic and export markets in ASEAN, Australia, and New Zealand.
“This greenfield investment is testimony to our long-term commitment to Vietnam, contributing to the country’s economic development, generating employment opportunities, and boosting local industry,” said Mr. Adolfo Orive, President and CEO of Tetra Pak.
“This factory is not just a monetary investment for us. It reflects our pledge to be closer to our customers, to serve them faster and better, with greater flexibility and efficiency and shorter lead times.”
The liquid food market in Vietnam has been growing at a healthy 6 per cent CAGR for the last three years and is projected to grow at a similar pace during the next three years, as compared to 4 per cent growth per annum in the Asia-Pacific region and 3 per cent globally.
Built for the future, the Binh Duong factory has an expandable capacity of 20 billion packs per annum and currently produces the popular Tetra Brik Aseptic and Tetra Fino Aseptic packages, with the possibility of producing more packaging formats in future.
Leveraging more than 65 years of Tetra Pak’s global manufacturing experience, the new factory has applied World Class Manufacturing standards from the design of the factory to its operations today. It integrates the latest technologies and best-in-class production standards focusing on food safety, quality, and sustainability.
The new factory is one of the first in Vietnam to apply the latest, most-demanding environmental standards in pursuit of the globally-recognized LEED Version 4 Gold certification.
With various measures in place, for instance an energy monitoring system and water recycling facilities, the new factory could reduce its energy usage for facilities by up to 36 per cent and reuse over 21 million liters of water a year. In addition, the production and warehouse facilities are climate-controlled to ensure the highest quality of carton packages.
The factory also implements all key certifications for quality, environment, and safety, including ISO:9001, ISO:14001, and ISO:45001, as well as other world-class standards.
“This is a proud moment for us, which coincides with yet another historical milestone, as we celebrate the completion of 25 years of Tetra Pak’s presence in Vietnam,” said Mr. Jeffrey Fielkow, Managing Director of Tetra Pak Vietnam. “With the new factory, we feel even more strongly connected to Vietnam and our customers and even more confident of shaping the future of the industry, together.”