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FLEXO Magazine : March 2014
And every year Tetra Pak adds new shapes, sizes, openings and other features to its portfolio of packages—around 30 to 40 new releases per year. Today there are 10 families of Tetra Pak packages in the market all over the world, catered to both kids and adults. FLEXO®: How big is Tetra Pak today? Number of employees, presses, shifts? Posey: Tetra Pak, working closely with our customers and suppliers, provides safe, innovative and environ- mentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 23,000 employees based in more than 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “Protects What’s Good,” reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. Tetra Pak is one of three companies in the Tetra Laval Group—a private group that started in Swe- den. The other two companies are DeLaval and Sidel. Tetra Laval is headquartered in Switzerland. In North America, Tetra Pak has had a strong presence since the early 1980s, with two shelf stable carton plants: one in Denton, TX and another in Queretaro, Mexico. Tetra Pak has also two tabletop plants—one in Sikeston, MO and anoth- er in Vancouver, WA—which serve the North American mar- ket. There are also offices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In total, there are nearly 2,000 employees in North America. FLEXO®: Where are Tetra Pak’s primary markets? Posey: Tetra Pak is present in more than 170 countries around the world, with strong presence in Europe, China and South America, in addition to North America. Our long heritage in processing and packaging solutions for all kinds of foods and beverages helps businesses achieve success through offering consumers products that look good, taste great and minimize effects on the environment. Our food categories include: • Milk and dairy products • Beverages and food products • Cheese and ice cream (for processing equipment only) FLEXO®: Talk about graphics quality at Tetra Pak—its importance, challenges it presents, ways Tetra Pak ensures high quality, prepress capabilities, etc. Where does process control fall in importance? Posey: Our customers trust us with their brand reputation. We strive for our packages to set the bar in print quality and consis- tency. Our challenge is the market trend for smaller orders, which significantly increases the amount of prepress work. During the last few years we have had to increase our prepress capacity to keep up. We have led the way with innovative methods of process control to assure critical parameters are controlled by using our zero loss system. We use World Class Manufacturing as our approach to identify and control which process parameters or condi- tions can impact quality characteris- tics, such as ink viscosity, temperature and pH. For these parameters and conditions we use SPC and auto- mation to assure quality printing and customer satisfaction. This is a continuous process in which we are improving and maintaining our level of performance and control. Aside from process control, we spend a significant amount of time and resources on operator training. We recently launched a new program to ensure all operators regularly review all procedures and constantly look for improvements. We have also started to certify some press members through the Flexo- graphic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) program. FLEXO®: Where has the carton market gone in Tetra Pak’s his- tory? Talk about the carton market today: Advances, growth opportunities, output, etc. Where is the carton market going? Posey: Tetra Pak was the first company to put liquid food in a paper based package. Since then, the company has contin- ued to innovate. It pioneered the use of aseptic technology—an innovation that completely changed how liquid foods and beverages were packaged—making products shelf stable without the need for added preservatives and transporting those prod- ucts without refrigeration. For beverage and dairy producers, this technology ushered in modern food retailing techniques from national product distribution to self service shop- ping. For consumers, it forever improved the time, place and circumstance in which food is consumed. It even brought nutrition to 36 FLEXO MARCH 2014 www.flexography.org