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History

Welcome to the fascinating journey through the history of Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG), a company with a legacy spanning over more than 170 years.
From its modest beginnings in Switzerland to its global presence today, SIG has continually evolved and adapted to the changing times, leaving an indelible mark on various industries.

The founders of SIG

A vision that lives on today after 170 years was kickstarted by three pioneers who had the foresightedness to tap into the industrial growth of the era.

Friedrich Peyer im Hof

Born in 1817, Friedrich was a politician and member of the Swiss National Council, as well as one of the pioneers of Switzerland’s rail transport sector.

Heinrich Moser

Born in 1805, Heinrich was a third-generation watchmaker who built a successful career before joining forces with his two co-founders to establish Schweizerische Industriegesellschaft (SIG) Neuhausen.

Johann Conrad Neher

Born in 1818, Johann was an industrialist who honed his skills in mining and metallurgy at his father’s ironworks and casting factory before coming up with the idea for SIG with his fellow founders (with Friedrich also being his brother-in-law).

Renewable energy from the beginning

Choosing the Rhinefalls site for its abundance of renewable energy, the three pioneers set about harnessing hydraulic power to fuel their ambitions. Two turbines and a drive shaft transmitted power to the factory, modeling a first-of-its-kind mechanical power transmission.

The journey of a lasting legacy in transportation

From wagon builders to packaging pioneers – the 170-year-long journey is filled with milestones in varied industries and sectors, but what stands out the most, apart from packaging, is the legacy SIG created in transportation.

Where there was a machine, there was SIG

Innovation in engineering and a drive to diversify business was at the core of SIG’s expansion into different areas. Capitalizing on its strong technical expertise and engineering heritage, SIG ventured into machine manufacturing.

An enduring passion for packaging

SIG’s journey into packaging began at the turn of the 20th century. In 1906, SIG made the strategic decision to expand outside of the more volatile wagon building sector and diversify into packaging, which was considered more stable. 

At the turn of the millennium, SIG focused entirely on the packaging business.

A decisive step was the entry into the beverage carton business with the acquisition of PKL Papier- und Klebstoffwerke Linnich in 1989, opening the liquid food packaging sector for SIG with products such as milk, juices, soups, and sauces. In 2022, SIG joined forces with Scholle IPN, which added bag-in-box and spouted pouches to its portfolio. Also in 2022, SIG acquired the chilled carton business of Pactiv Evergreen Inc. in the Asia-Pacific region.

Thus, to begin with, the business started supplying machinery for packaging of confectionary items and stock cubes, with baked goods manufacturers taking interest thereafter.

The birth of the European beverage carton

SIG cartons can be traced back to the first European beverage carton engineered by the Jagenberg family in 1930. Inspired by American counterparts, Günter Meyer-Jagenberg created Perga, a leakproof folding box that marked the dawn of European packaging technology. 

A sign of the times

Packaging is spurred on by changes in the society and sometimes it is the other way round. When bag-in-box made an appearance in the 1950s, it brought about a new way for milk to be stored and consumed, and the popularity of the packaging format extended to other products in the next decades. Shelfstable aseptic packaging revolutionized how people shopped, ate, and drank, reducing dependencies on refrigeration. 

SIG packaging innovations

SIG is on a journey to create packaging for better. Today, our standard packs – cartons, bag-in-box, and pouches – already offer the most sustainable packaging solutions in each relevant market segment. And we are continuously innovating to make them even more sustainable as part of our commitment to ultimately create packaging that gives more to people and the planet than it takes out.

1906

SIG’s packaging journey began with the first machines packing chocolate.

1930

The first beverage carton and filling machine is launched in Europe by Jagenberg.

1955

The invention of our bag-in-box packaging format revolutionized distribution and storage of liquids.

1964

The word’s first automatic bag-in-box filling equipment was introduced and an updated design to use with wine allowed for up to a 68% reduction in CO2 through the life of the package

1970

We delivered the first bulk aseptic bags and equipment to the fruit processing industry

1975

Our groundbreaking packaging system for aseptic carton filling, combibloc aseptic, is presented at the Interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1980

We developed the first low-acid aseptic bag-in-box solution.

1990

For the first time we replaced the metalized film structure with clear barrier structures for our bag-in-box packaging solutions.

Convenience on top

One of the reasons SIG carton packs are popular with consumers is because of their closures and perforations, which we’ve specially developed to make them easier to open. Did you know that SIG was the first company in the world to fit a closure onto an aseptic carton?

1993

In the 1990s, consumer demand for simple and convenient handling grew. In 1993, SIG launched the world’s first resealable spout for aseptic cartons. 

1999

In 1999, the first single-action flat closure system was introduced.

2000

The industry’s first screw cap followed in 2000.

2021

SIG developed tethered caps ready for market launch in Europe well in advance of the 2024 deadline to stay ahead of European regulatory requirements.

2009

SIG launched drinksplus – a carton package that allows the customer to add natural extras in it, such as real fruits, vegetables, or cereal grains.

2010

SIG introduced the world’s first aseptic carton without an aluminum barrier layer.

2017

We produced the first aseptic capable, pre-made spouted pouch.

2017

We also launched the world’s first aseptic carton that is 100% linked to plant-based renewable materials.

2018

Another first, we also replaced the metalized film structure with clear barrier structures for our spouted pouch packaging solutions.

Latest packaging shapes

Our history is a testament to innovation, creativity, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of packaging design. Here are our latest packaging shapes that have emerged from this dynamic crossroad of technology, sustainability, and consumer trends.

2013

SIG Dome combines the best features of a carton pack with the best features of a bottle.

2017

SIG Smile opens up new market opportunities for on-the-go consumers with its curved, modern shape and easy-grip corners.

2019

SIG MidiStyle is a uniquely shaped carton pack designed to help your brand stand out while offering consumers a new level of convenience.

2021

The family-size pack SIG Vita not only looks striking, it is also extremely functional.

2023

SIG DomeMini redefines on-the-go packaging with its cutting-edge carton bottle design.

2018

Within our Heat&Go structure, the aluminium film is replaced with a high-barrier alternative that allows drinks to be microwaved without compromising protection or product quality.

2019

SIG introduces the world’s first paper straw for aseptic cartons.

2020

We launched the first ever fully recycle-ready film for pouch packaging.

2021

We created the world’s first circularly recyclable bag-in-box package recognized by the Association for Plastic Recyclers.

2022

We proudly added a fully recycle-ready spouted pouch to our ever expanding list of packaging options.

2022

SIG Terra Alu-free + Full Barrier is the world’s first aseptic carton packaging material without aluminum-layer but with a full barrier to oxygen, light, water vapor, and aroma.