Austrian packaging firm Alpla has expanded its operations in Puerto Rico through a recent strategic alliance with local manufacturer Fortiflex Inc.
Based in the north of the Atlantic Ocean island, Fortiflex manufacturers injection moulded containers for food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and paints.
Following the agreement “back in 2018”, Fortiflex’s entire production has now been transferred to Alpla Caribe’s plant in Guayama, south of Puerto Rico, Alpla said in a 6 June statement.
Alpla and Fortiflex first collaborated in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Unlike Fortiflex, Alpla was able to restore the power supply at its production plant in Guayama quickly after the storm.
As an interim solution, Alpla agreed to handle some of Fortiflex’s production temporarily, explained Richard Lisch, regional manager, Alpla Caribe.
“But a partnership… developed between us, and we then made it official with our strategic alliance,” he added, “an emergency situation resulted in collaboration that offers advantages to both parties.”
Based on the agreement, Alpla will take on all of Fortiflex’s production for a ten-year period.
A total of 12 injection moulding machines were transferred from Dorado to the Alpla plant in Guayama in autumn 2018.
The move has created around 30 new jobs at the site.
The partners did not disclose any further details.
Set up in 1976, Fortiflex is a leading manufacturer in the Caribbean and in Central America region.
The company’s product portfolio includes waterers, troughs and crates for the agricultural sector and thin-walled containers for decorating.