Leading European plastics processor Rosti Group has successfully consolidated two plants on one site at Bialystok in Poland to form one of the largest injection moulding facilities in the region.
In a major reorganisation, Rosti Poland transferred production from its original Elewatorska site in Bialystok to the Mysliwska plant site across the city, acquired by Rosti with its purchase of another processor Bianor in 2015.
Since the Bianor takeover, Rosti Poland has built a new 14,000m2 production hall and warehouse space at Mysliwska in anticipation of the plant merger. The new €5.4m unit features a 14-metre high semi-automated storage warehouse, component assembly hall, quality laboratory and tampo print room.
Today, the enlarged site has a 1,300-strong workforce in what is now a 30,000m2 plant, equipped with 150 injection machines from 25 – 1,300 tonnes clamping force.
The eight month move involved the relocation of 450 Elewatorska site personnel along with 33 injection moulding units and assembly lines and 180 tools and was completed this July.
“The merging of the two facilities enables us to provide our customers with global manufacturing and distribution for a leaner supply chain and shorter lead times to market, giving them and us a competitive advantage,” explained Rafal Cybulski, Managing Director of Rosti Poland.
Rosti has not revealed its plans for the vacated Bialystok site, operated by the Malmö, Sweden-based group since 1999. The plant is reported still to be equipped with around 20 injection moulding machines, a small warehouse and paint shop.
Together with Mysliwska plant, the 2015 Bianor acquisition added another plastics processing facility at Ploiesti in southern Romania.
Rosti, which also blow moulds plastics, produces a wide range of components for customers in the medical, automotive, packaging, business machine, consumer appliance and home automation sectors.
The group, owned by the Swedish investment firm Nordstjernan Group, runs plants elsewhere in China and Malaysia, as well as in Germany, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. It employs 3,500.