Packaging closures moulder United Caps plans to launch a new manufacturing plant in western France in line with its strategy of locating local production close to its customer base.
Luxembourg-based United Caps recently negotiated the purchase of a 25,000m2 site at the Valframbert Business Park in Alençon in Normandy where it will construct its second French plant.
An initial building phase in the €12m expansion project is scheduled to result in a 4,000m2 production unit and create 15 new jobs over two years, according to the company. It already operates a moulding facility at Messia in the Jura region of eastern France.
“We are especially interested in building a factory in Alençon because of its proximity to customers who will have access to our full portfolio of solutions,” the firm's chief executive officer Benoît Henckes stressed.
Local clients would also be able to take advantage of United Caps's research and development centre at Messia for product customisation and development, he added in a statement announcing the French plans.
His company also intends, through its new Normandy operation, to work closely with the nearby plastics and composites institute Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d'Alençon (ISPA) as a potential local source of skilled staff.
Henckes said the second French plant, along with other new units due to open in the UK and Malaysia in 2019, are examples of his firm's ‘Close to You' strategy of locating production near its customers.
United Caps is investing around €20m on construction of the new UK facility in Dinnington near Sheffield in England. Production is set to begin after the completion of an initial 5,000m2 phase on site at the end of next year (2019).
Meanwhile, the firm is scheduled to launch a new plant at Kulim in Malaysia's Kedah state – its first manufacturing unit outside Europe.
The new French facility will bring to eight the number of European plants run by United Caps which is headquartered in Wiltz, Luxembourg. Its other production units are located in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland and Hungary.