- Published on Monday, 21 May 2012 08:20
- Written by Staff Reporter
THAILAND/JAPAN –Toppan Printing Company’s newest paperboard packaging plant in Thailand recently started operations and received British Retail Consortium (BRC) safety certification.
The facility, which is run by Siam Toppan Packaging – a 49:51 joint venture between Siam Cement and Toppan - started full-scale primary food packaging manufacturing last month, and is an integral part of its strategy to tap into booming food processing and packaging growth in Asia Pacific.
According to Toppan, this production line is the first paperboard container manufacturing plant in Thailand to achieve a BRC/IOP category 1 certification, which is accredited by the BRC and the UK’s Institute of Packaging (IOP).
Toppan designed the packaging production plant, which management of the lines had been consolidated by Siam Toppan Packaging.
“Thailand is one of the leading countries in the world for food exports, and its annual food exports to 200 countries around the world total $15 billion. In addition to raw materials, this includes processed foods such as canned, frozen and instant foods,” Toppan noted.
“Consequently, there are numerous package manufacturing companies in Thailand, but until now there has not been a paperboard container manufacturing company with a sufficient hygienic environment for manufacturing primary containers, which comes into direct contact with food.
“This is the first time that a paperboard container manufacturing company in Thailand has obtained Category 1 certification, which enables the manufacturer of primary packaging that comes into direct contact with food,” the Japanese printer-converter said.
While this facility currently caters to food packaging production, Toppan revealed that it plans to expand into other sectors, such as pharmaceutical, cosmetics, retail and food service, for Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.
Toppan also said that it “will push further forward with overseas expansion, making early advances into emerging nation markets such as India and South America, where significant growth is anticipated in the future.”