Global rigid plastics packaging producer RPC Group has boosted its business prospects in the Balkans region with the recent launch of its newly streamlined moulding operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
RPC Superfos Balkan at Gračanica in the north east of the small state has come a long way since as Helioplast, a small, family-run moulding firm still emerging from the aftermath of the Balkans war, it was acquired in December 2013 by the UK-based group.
Apart from facing lingering post-war problems, the business faced a new challenge when it saw its plant severely flooded twice in 2014 following prolonged torrential rains.
Now RPC Superfos has invested €3.3m in a major expansion project with improved technology and full IT control systems at the 12,000m2 Balkans plant which now runs 30 injection moulding machines.
Work has included raising the floor height of the 3,000m2 production hall significantly as a precaution in case of new flooding threats.
After its 2013 takeover, the Bosnia-Herzegovina business saw its production volume rise by more than 75% to 4,600tpa and its turnover had nearly doubled by last year. The operation expects production growth of around 15% for the year 2017/18, according to the group.
Group managers are delighted with the positive outlook for its Balkans business. “Through the upgraded facilities and thanks to our dedicated staff at RPC Superfos Balkan, we are now in a strong position to meet the increased demand for plastic packaging in the greater Balkan region.
“We have achieved a great deal in a short time and there is potential for more to come,” predicted RPC Superfos regional director Jean Scandella.
Meanwhile, RPC Group has also invested in a growth project at one of its sites in China. Its subsidiary RPC Ace Zhuhai in Guangdong province in southern China has opened a new production hall boosting the plant’s plastics decorating facilities.
The 13,779m2 three floor extension has added a third electro-plating line, a new automated water and solvent based spray painting line and more injection machines. The site produces a range of plastics products including automotive components.