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1943 Development work begins on creating a package for milk that requires a minimum of material whilst providing maximum hygiene.

1944 – 1951 Development continues. It involves, amongst other things, the introduction of completely new techniques for coating paper with plastics, and for sealing below the level of the liquid. 1946: The first Tetra Pak model to demonstrate Dr.Ruben Rausing’s idea.

1951 AB Tetra Pak is established in Lund Sweden, by Ruben Rausing. It starts as a subsidiary of Åkerlund & Rausing. On May 18, the new packaging system is presented to the press and attracts great attention.

1952 In September, the first Tetra Pak machine for tetrahedron-shaped cartons is delivered to the Lund dairy, Lundaortens Mejeriförening. The packing of cream in 100 ml cartons begins in November.

1953 The cream carton becomes increasingly common in Sweden. Mjölkcentralen in Stockholm, Sweden, installs its first Tetra Pak machines. Polyethylene is introduced as the plastic coating for the paperboard.

1954 The first machines for the packing of milk in 500ml tetrahedron cartons are installed at Mjölkcentralen in Stockholm and Eskilstuna, Sweden. The first Tetra Pak machine to be exported goes to Alster Milchwerk in Hamburg, Germany.

1956 Tetra Pak moves into new factory premises in Lund, Sweden, on the site it occupies to this day. Development work begins on the aseptic packaging system.

1957 The first machine for milk in one-litre cartons is installed at the Linköping dairy, Sweden.

1958 The range of Tetra Classic machines for tetrahedron-shaped cartons is extended to include the 200ml portion pack for milk and still drinks.

1959 Development work begins on the Tetra Brik package.

1960 The first production plant for packaging material outside Sweden is started up in Mexico. The production capacity exceeds 1 billion cartons annually.

1961 In September, the first machine for aseptically filling bacteria-free milk is presented at a press conference in Thun, Switzerland. Tetra Pak makes its first delivery to the USSR.

1962 Milliken Tetra Pak is established and construction of a packaging material factory starts at White Stone, South Carolina, USA.

1963 The Tetra Brik package is launched in Sweden, first in Motala and then in Stockholm. The production capacity exceeds 2.7 billion cartons annually.

1964 The first Tetra Classic Aseptic machine outside Europe is installed in Lebanon. The production capacity exceeds 3.5 billion cartons annually.

1965 Åkerlund & Rausing is sold whilst Ruben Rausing retains its subsidiary, AB Tetra Pak. Production of packaging material commences at a new plant in Rubiera, Italy. The Tetra Rex package, a gable-top package, is presented. The production capacity exceeds 4.3 billion cartons annually.

1969 Two further factories for packaging material are ready for production – one in Forshaga, Sweden, and the other in Limburg, Germany. The first series of Tetra Brik Aseptic machines are built.

1970 In Arganda, Spain, a new plant for packaging material is set up.

1971 Production of packaging material is extended to two new plants, one in Gotemba, Japan, and the other in Dijon, France.

1972 A training centre is opened in Nairobi, Kenya.

1973 The Latina factory in Italy commences the production of packaging material. The production capacity exceeds 11 billion cartons annually.

1974 Australia starts its own plant for packaging material.

1975 A major contract is signed with Iran, within the framework of an extensive social programme highlighting the protein supply. In Moerdijk, Holland, and Romont, Switzerland, production of packaging material commences in two new plants.

1976 The first test concerning the Tetra King packaging system takes place in a small number of shops in the area of Lund, Sweden.

1977 The total production of Tetra Pak packages exceeds 20 billion units.

1978 Tetra Pak introduces a new system of unmanned trucks for internal transport in the dairy industry. This system is installed at Arla’s new dairy in Linköping, Sweden. A Tetra Pak plant for packaging material is starting up in Monte Mor, Brazil.

1979 Tetra Pak delivers the first Tetra Brik Aseptic machine to the People’s Republic of China. A plant for the production of packaging material starts up in Great Britain. It is situated in Wrexham, North Wales. The production capacity exceeds 22 billion cartons annually.

1980 In Modena, Italy, an assembly and final testing station for filling machines are constructed. In Portugal, production of packaging material begins in a new factory. The total production of Tetra Pak packages exceeds 30 billion units.

1981 The Tetra Pak Group Management moves from Lund, Sweden, to Lausanne, Switzerland. The production capacity of packaging material is stepped up, as operations start at new plants in Berlin, Germany, Seishin, Japan and Jurong, Singapore.

1982 A new method for offset printing is developed by Tetra Pak.

1983 On August 10, Dr. Ruben Rausing, founder of Tetra Pak passes away. Tetra Pak Commences production at new packaging material converting plants in Pakistan, Kenya and Finland. A technical training school is opened at Tetra Pak in Lund, Sweden, for the training of staff from customer plants. The school can accommodate 600 students per year. The production capacity amounts to 33 billion cartons annually.

1984 Two new plants for the production of packaging material are started up, in Denton, USA, and in Venezuela.

1985 Two factories for packaging material are added to the list of production plants, one in Argentina and the other in Canada.

1986 The first Tetra Top machine is delivered to Spain, following successful test marketing in Belgium of the latest packaging system for pasteurised dairy products. The total production of Tetra Pak packages now exceeds 40 billion units.

1987 The inauguration takes place in Bejing, People’s Republic of China, of a turnkey factory for the production of Tetra Pak packaging material. Tetra Pak also starts production at a new packaging material plant in Taiwan ROC. With the start-up in December of two machines in Fiji, Tetra Pak now has machines in 100 markets.

1988 Tetra Pak starts production of packaging material in Kiev, Ukraine. Two new plants for packaging material are commenced, one in India and one in Turkey.

1989 Production starts up at a new plant for packaging material in the Republic of Korea. A factory in the north-west of the USA is established for the production of gable-top packages. The total annual production exceeds 51 billion packages.

1990 A ground-breaking ceremony takes place for the future Tetra Pak joint venture packaging material plant outside Budapest, Hungary.

1991 Tetra Pak’s acquisition of Alfa Laval, one of the world’s largest suppliers of equipment and plants to the food industry, processing industries and agriculture, is finalised. The Tetra Pak Alfa-Laval Group is formed. A new plant for packaging material is inaugurated in Foshan, in the People’s Republic of China. The production capacity exceeds 61 billion cartons annually.

1993 On January 1, Tetra Laval is created. The new Group of companies consists of four industry groups, Tetra Pak, Tetra Laval Food, Alfa Laval and Alfa Laval Agri. The total production of Tetra Pak packages exceeds 60 billion units.

1995 Through its acquisition of Tebel MKT, Tetra Pak has broadened its competence to include equipment for the manufacture of hard and semi-hard cheeses. Tebel is one of the leading manufacturers in its sector in the world. The total production of Tetra Pak packages exceeds 76 billion units.

1997 Seven new factories were opened in 1997, thereby adding substantially to Tetra Pak’s production capacity. The factories are located in China, Colombia, India (two), Italy, Mexico and the UK. Three new packaging systems are launched: Tetra Prisma Aseptic, Tetra Wedge Aseptic and Tetra Fino Aseptic. The production capacity exceeds 82 billion cartons annually.

1998 Tetra Pak opened two new factories in a single facility in the vicinity of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Packaging material for carton packages is manufactured at one of the factories, and performs for PET bottles at the other. A new Tetra Top package – Tetra Top Mini GrandTab 250ml – was launched in Japan. The new package has a slim profile with rounded corners and a generous opening to facilitate pouring and drinking from the package. Production of Tetra Pak packages amounts to 85 billion units.

1999 A new factory for the manufacture of packaging material was opened in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. Tetra Pak acquires the French company Novembal, which develops and markets package openings and closures.

2000 Tetra Pak publishes its first Corporate Environmental Report (CER) for its global operations. An external organisation benchmarks the CER against other companies’ reports and rates Tetra Pak among the reporting leaders.

2001 In February the 100th Tetra Fino Aseptic filling machine is produced and delivered to China. The introduction of Tetra Top cartons with reclosable screw caps causes an increase in turn-over by 20 per cent of Austrian Carinthian Milk. Novembal opens a new factory in Mexicali, Mexico. The production capacity exceeds 94 billion cartons.

2002 Tetra Pak launches its first integrated processing and packaging line for soya products. The new line handles all stages in the processing and packaging of products. In September, Tetra Pak celebrates its 50-year anniversary.

2003 During 2003, the Tetra Laval Group is extended with a third industry group, Sidel, which is one of the world’s leading companies in machinery for plastic bottles. A new packaging system has been born. Tetra Recart is a carton-based packaging system with revolutionary possibilities. Using technology that simultaneously sterilises the packaging material and the packaged product, we can offer an alternative packaging solution for a number of food products, which have traditionally been packed in cans or glass jars. The production capacity amounts to 105 billion cartons.

2004 Tetra Pak has developed a new machine platform for chilled products. The Tetra Pak C3/Flex machine is highly adaptable, with features that make it possible for customers to switch between different package volumes as easily as between different products. Tetra Pak produces more than 110 billion packages.

2005 Tetra Therm Aseptic Sensa is launched. It is based on a new technology for blending and pasteurisation of fruit-based beverages. A new Tetra Pak A1 packaging line enables customers to enter markets at competitive price points. The production capacity exceeds 120 billion cartons.

2006 Tetra Pak A1 filling machine is the world’s most cost-efficient one with a capacity of 9,200 Tetra Fino Aseptic packages per hour for the 250ml size. Tetra Therm Aseptic Flex sets a new standard for efficient UHT production. Tetra Therm Lacta milk pasteuriser offers an overall energy reduction of up to 12 per cent. Production of Tetra Pak packages exceeds 129 billion units in 2006, whereof China produces 23 billion packages.

2007 Tetra Gemina Aseptic is the world’s first roll-fed gable-top shaped package with full aseptic performance for juice and dairy liquid products.For the first time the screw cap on Tetra Top packages offers the same functionality as bottles, as it is opened in one single twist.

2008 Tetra Lactenso Aseptic solutions for UHT milk production are setting new performance and sustainability standards, offering more dairy output from less input. Tetra Pak produces more than 141 billion packages.

2009 New packaging material manufacturing plant starting up in Hohot, China, to support the country’s growing dairy and beverage industry. Over 1.5 billion Tetr Pak cartons to go FSC.

2010 FSC™ -labelled carton packages gain ground
Tetra Pak launched the first FSC-labelled carton package in 2007. During 2010 more than 8.5 billion FSC-labelled Tetra Pak packages reached the consumers.

Climate award to Tetra Pak - In 2010 Tetra Pak received the Climate Award from the Swedish Forest Industries Federation. Part of the motivation for the prize, which Finn Rausing received from H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip, was: “Tetra Pak also takes a responsibility for the forests the raw material originates from. Few organisations in the world have the same drive”.

2011 A smart new Edge to ambient
The Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge was launched in November 2011. A new look, improved functionality, lower cost and better environmental profile makes it a smart choice for long-life beverage producers.

Next-generation cheese unit cuts energy use and costs
Tetra Pak launched the next generation of its successful Cheddar cheese blockforming unit in November 2011. The new Tetra Tebel Blockformer enables cheese manufacturers to improve environmental performance, reduce costs and minimise product loss.

2012 60th Anniversary
On the 7th of September 1952 we delivered the first Tetra Classic filling machine. We therefore proudly celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2012.

The new Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge LightCap 30 is globally launched for milk, juices, nectars, wines, and other liquid products.

26.4 billion FSC™-labelled packages reach consumers in 37 countries around the world.

2013 UHT lines double capacity
Fonterra, a global leader in  dairy foods, choose Tetra Pak processing and packaging equipment for its UHT greenfield plant in Waitoa, New Zealand.

The new Tetra Alcross® RO Lite filtration system helps small and medium-sized dairies extract value from whey.