New SCA Packaging Nantes Atlantique site
On July 6th, SCA announced its decision to build a new plant at the Tournebride business park in the municipality of Le Bignon, 20km (12 miles) from the current production site formerly Papeteries Léon Clergeau. SCA’s decision to reinvest near Nantes was driven by the need to better meet high customer demand in the region. The new plant is scheduled to be operational at the end of 2009 and will replace the current Nantes-Cheviré facility, with overall investment totalling more than €46 million, spread over three years.
The new plant will focus on producing and processing corrugated board and will benefit from the latest technology in terms of both equipment and environmental protection.
SCA Emballage Nantes has been ISO-certified since 1996 and already has a state-of-the-art engineering department and laboratory. The new plant will ensure the highest industry standards in hygiene and traceability.
The move will also provide modern, safe, high-performance facilities for SCA’s 180 employees at the SCA Packaging Nantes Atlantique plant. Pierre Ducrocq, Director Conventional Packaging France: “We are pleased to be able to provide our employees with improved working conditions and future possibilities within the SCA Group.”
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SCA Emballage Nantes supplies market leaders in the French food-processing industry. The original building’s design, surface area and location could only accommodate customers’ changing demands until 2010. Regular investments in the current site over the past 45 years have begun to show limitations and are no longer sufficient to meet new market requirements.
The new plant will promote lean manufacturing and will tailor its services to specific customer requirements. A focus on the supply chain will ensure improved response times in handling customer orders. This was the main impetus behind SCA’s decision to invest in such a large-scale undertaking.
The move will also result in a number of specific improvements at the environmental level. Among the most significant, the boilers will be converted to burn natural gas as fuel, thereby reducing CO² emissions, and, thanks to the new set-up, all effluents will be treated on-site.
After filing for a building permit and completing the necessary administrative steps for Installations Classées (facilities listed for environmental protection purposes) in late September 2007, SCA began works in early January 2008 despite unpredictable weather. The building permit was granted by Le Bignon town hall on April 4th, 2008 and the concrete frame assembly began in mid-May. The application under Installations Classées is due for review in June.
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