Tetra Pak, Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill., completed its $88.3 million upgrade on its packaging materials plant in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. The project increases the capacity of Tetra Pak Ponta Grossa plantthe plant by 70% to 13 billion packs.

The upgrade, which began in 2012, also broadens the capability of the Ponta Grossa plant to produce a wider range of packages and sizes, including advanced formats such as Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge, Tetra Gemina Aseptic 1000 and Tetra Top.

“Brazil is the second largest market for Tetra Pak globally. When we started operating in the country 57 years ago, our monthly production was about 25 million packs, which today represents just half-a-day’s output,” says Paulo Nigro, cluster vice president of Tetra Pak North, Central and South America. “The upgrade of the Ponta Grossa plant is a strategic move that enables us to stay one step ahead of customer needs, not only for volume growth, but also for product differentiation and improved functionality.”

"Our success has been enabled by the growth of the dairy and beverage industry in the countries we serve. This investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting customers in the Latin American region with products and services of exceptional quality and performance, helping them to achieve their growth ambitions," adds Nigro.