Saica Group unveils its Resarch, Development & Innovation Centre

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Saica Group unveils its Resarch, Development & Innovation Centre

Saica Group unveils its Resarch, Development & Innovation Centre

The centre located nearby Zaragoza, Spain, has 4,000 m2 of useful office space, meeting areas and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment for the packaging industry.

Among other advantages, the new infrastructure allows customers to access advanced characterisation of corrugated board and flexible packaging, and all the related materials.

The R&D&I teams working in the new facility supports also two strategic company objectives: reducing Saica's carbon footprint; and achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” in all plants.

The Saica Group has unveiled its Research, Development & Innovation (R&D&I) Centre at its El Burgo de Ebro plant in Zaragoza, Spain. Launched as part of the company's 80th anniversary celebrations, the centre will service Saica’s four divisions globally: Saica Natur, Saica Paper, Saica Pack and Saica Flex. 

The new R&D&I Centre will allow teams to develop new products, improve raw material efficiency, and offer advanced characterisation services of materials and processes to both clients and other Saica departments.

Also, the R&D&I department has been designed to boost two strategic company objectives: reducing Saica's carbon footprint; and achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” in all Saica plants. In addition, the new facility houses the team of the National Development Centre (NDC) for Saica Pack Iberia, providing an open and collaborative space for innovation with customers of corrugated board packaging.

 The new R&D&I Centre employs 50 people and has 4,000 m2 for laboratories and offices.

Currently, the centre employs more than 50 people, who make up multidisciplinary teams made up of engineers and technicians who specialise in paper, corrugated cardboard and flexible packaging, waste valorisation and decarbonisation of the industry.

The centre has 4,000 m2 of useful office space, meeting areas and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment for the packaging industry. One of the teams working in the Centre also develops the advanced simulation models that form the basis for the structural design of the cardboard packaging manufactured by the Saica Group. Saica optimises the selection of papers for manufacturing corrugated cardboard boxes by using the same software tools that are used in the automotive or aeronautics industries. This ensures that the boxes achieve the necessary strength with lightweight packaging, minimising the use of raw materials.

Powered by a geothermal energy-based climate system, the centre is a testament to Saica's commitment to sustainability. Consequently, the centre has received the LEED Gold certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the globally recognised green building classification system issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, among other accolades.

About Saica Group

Saica Group is one of the leading companies in Europe in the manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated board, with an annual production capacity of 3.3 million tons of recycled paper for corrugated board. With more than 10,000 employees and a presence in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United States and Poland, Saica Group has four business lines: manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated board (Saica Paper), waste management and environmental services (Saica Natur), production of corrugated board packaging (Saica Pack) and flexible packaging (Saica Flex). The group's turnover is € 4.394 million (consolidated turnover at Dec. 31, 2022).


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