Luxembourg-based United Caps announced in 2017 a plan to construct its first Asian manufacturing facility at Kulim in Malaysia’s Kedah state which was scheduled to go on stream at the end of 2018.
Initially, the plant was expected to create around 20 jobs and had a target of turning out about 300 million caps and closures during its first year in operation. It will be fully operational this June.
Family-owned United Caps said it will attend the regional packaging industry show ProPak Asia 2019 being staged in Bangkok, Thailand in mid June. There, the firm plans to introduce its new Malaysian plant through a series of dedicated briefings on offer during the trade exhibition.
The international closure manufacturer, headquartered at Wiltz in Luxembourg, decided to establish the first factory in Asia as part of its ‘Close to You’ development programme, designed to localise production within international growth centres.
United Caps stressed that the new facility, located in Kulim High Tech Park, close to the major Malaysian city and state of Penang, “is key to continuing to improve our support of the Asian market”.
“This (close) proximity enables us to shorten delivery times and focus on products that are the most relevant to this important market region as demand for our products continues to grow,” said United Caps chief executive officer Benoît Henckes.
He added his company is planning to show a number of its closure products, specific to the Asian market, on its show stand in the French pavilion at ProPak Asia 2019. United will exhibit the trade show for the third year running.
United intends to exhibit a range of “off-the-shelf and bespoke products” at the show including infant nutrition, agrochemical and ‘SMARTER’ closure lines with anti-counterfeiting features, it announced.
The European group, formerly known as Procap, is also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
“Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” remarked United’s CEO.
The firm is looking ahead to “continued progress and significant innovation” in the coming years, Henckes said in a press statement.
Apart from the Malaysian unit, United Caps operates eight other plants in western and eastern Europe situated in Belgium, France, Spain (x 2), Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland and Hungary.
The caps moulder serves a wide range of packaging markets including food, edible oils, baby foods, beverages, cosmetics, pharma, automotive and agrochemicals.