The Ireland-based company, Smurfit Kappa, could possibly invest US$50 million in northern Mexico in 2019, which would signify an increase of 41% compared to the average of US$35.5 million that said company has injected annually during the last five years.
Moreover, Smurfit Kappa’s new plant, Folding Carton, recently inaugurated its US$14.5 million in Tijuana, Baja California, which became the company’s third plant in the city.
Juan Carlos Meave, Smurfit Kappa’s general manager, explained that the consumers’ demand was what prompted the company to broaden in Mexico and what led them to create a plan of expansion that will allow them to have a workforce of 261 employees by the end of 2019.
He explained that the box manufacturing company has a presence in 33 countries and a 45,000 employee workforce distributed in 248 plants. However, the company currently operates 25 production plants in Mexico, which employ 4,900 people.
When it comes to the plants located in Tijuana, its customer base practically reaches the entire northern border strip, from Sonora to Tamaulipas, concentrating 90% of its sales in those entities, while the rest reaches the United States.