Tokyo-based Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) and SIG have signed a joint venture agreement that will bring carton packaging and filling technology to the Japanese food and beverage industry.

Scheduled to start in April under the name of DNP • SIG Combibloc, it will be located in Tokyo and the main focus will be to provide greater differentiation.

Souichiro Nishitani, corporate officer of Packaging Operations at DNP, said: “The huge variety offered by the packaging system from SIG will enrich the Japanese market and offer clear added value for beverage manufacturers and consumers alike. The aim of our joint venture is to be Japan’s number two in aseptic carton packs by 2022.”

Rolf Stangl, chief executive at SIG, added: “It is an exciting moment in our company’s history. For many years we’ve looked into entering this big and promising market together with a perfect partner. We’ve now found this with DNP. Together with DNP, we are bringing innovative solutions to the food and beverage industry in Japan for current and next generation products.”