Actega DS, German manufacturer of sealing compounds, has broken ground on a €19m expansion of its site in northern German city of Bremen.
The company marked the event on 18 Sept, saying the expansion will add to both the research and manufacturing capabilities of the site.
The investment will increase production and storage space by 8,000 square metres and add 50% to manufacturing capacity. R&D capabilities will triple, said Actega.
Factors such as manufacturing process, flow of goods and personnel, hygiene and clean room requirements, as well as potential for expansion will be considered in the new expansion, which will be carried out by general contractor IE Plast.
With the expansion underway, Wilfried Lassek, CEO of Actega said, the company will push ahead with the introduction of new, patented technologies for food and beverage industry packaging.
In addition, Actega is increasing its offer of materials and technologies for products in the medical technology and consumer good sectors.
The investment, according to Actega, is driven by the company strategy to future-proof the site and increase innovation.
Additionally, the company has cited the “huge success” and “future prospects” of its new products and lines of business, including Provalin, as a key reasons behind the expansion project.
Provalin is a PVC- and phthalate-free sealant for metal vacuum lids, which Actega claims to be the first of its kind.
Among other key products are Actega’s PVC-/ PVDC-free sealant solution VinTellox for wine, sparkling wine and champagne closures.
Founded in 1920 as Diersch & Schröder, Actega DS manufactures and markets sealants and coatings for closure and packaging technologies, as well as for the medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industry. The company manufactures 150 tonnes of high-tech plastic granulate at its production plants.