ALPLA, the global manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions, is further expanding its recycling activities – it is moving into polyolefin recycling with its acquisition of two companies based in Spain. With two of its own PET recycling plants in Austria and Poland, and joint ventures in Mexico and Germany, ALPLA has long been an established partner in the field of PET recycling
ALPLA Caribe and Fortiflex Inc. signed a strategic alliance back in 2018, thereby creating a contractual basis for an interim solution. The aim is for them to establish themselves as the preferred packaging producer in the Caribbean and in Central America.
ALPLA and Fortiflex first collaborated in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. ALPLA was able to get the power supply at its production plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico, back up and running quickly after the damage caused by the storm – unlike Fortiflex. ‘We were originally only meant to handle some of Fortiflex’s production temporarily,’ explains Richard Lisch, Regional Manager with ALPLA Caribe, ‘but a partnership that worked well developed between us, and we then made it official with our strategic alliance.’
Entire production activities taken on
In accordance with the agreement, ALPLA will take on all of Fortiflex’s production for a ten-year period. A total of twelve injection moulding machines were transferred from Dorado to the ALPLA plant in Guayama in autumn 2018. Around 30 new jobs have been created at the site. The contracting partners have agreed not to disclose any further details.
Fortiflex’s entire production transferred to ALPLA plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico
Both sides benefit
Fortiflex Inc. was founded in 1976 and is well known in the Caribbean and in Central America for the high quality of its products. Its product portfolio includes waterers, troughs and crates for the agricultural sector and thin-walled containers for decorating and building needs as well as for food. ALPLA also offers product decoration, as did Fortiflex, using offset printing, heat transfer or in-mould labelling (IML) to apply high-quality imprints to the packaging.
‘An emergency situation resulted in collaboration that offers advantages to both parties,’ says Lisch positively. ‘ALPLA’s global presence and Fortiflex’s regional reputation are helping us in jointly positioning ourselves as the preferred manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions in this region.’
ALPLA wants to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 per cent by 2022
As an innovation leader, ALPLA can also point to several flagship initiatives in the area of product development: from bottles made entirely of recyclate and the home-compostable coffee capsule to the Simple One, a HDPE bottle that is up to 60 per cent lighter than standard bottles. From 2022, the company wants to bring at least three innovations to the market each year.
New Alpla study quantifies environmental impacts of packaging
c7-consult tested the environmental impacts of the packaging of various products typical to the Austrian market ranging from beverages to detergents, considering everything from the contribution they make to climate change to their water consumption. The assessments were commissioned by ALPLA. The study attests to the positive contribution that recycling makes to environmental footprints.
Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future
Plastic packaging solutions provider ALPLA and paper packaging materials and solutions provider BillerudKorsnäs have announced that they will embark on a joint venture in the Danish paper bottle company ecoXpac. When the transaction has been completed, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts of ecoXpac.
ALPLA and FROMM found joint venture, PET Recycling Team Wolfen GmbH
ALPLA and FROMM are founding a joint venture, PET Recycling Team Wolfen GmbH, the aim of which is to recycle the PET bottles in the recyclables collected from households in Germany. The collaboration partners are investing €7 million in sorting and processing systems at the Texplast facility in Wolfen.
ALPLA to appear at pharmaceutical trade fair for the first time
ALPLA will take part in CPhI Istanbul from 8 to 10 March. As part of this international trade fair for the pharmaceutical industry, ALPLA will showcase itself as a supplier of standard packaging for pharmaceutical products and generic drugs for the first time.
ALPLA produces bottles using recycled HDPE material for Henkel
For many years, recycling has been a key issue for ALPLA, the world’s leading specialist in plastic packaging. The Austrian company cooperated with Henkel over the course of two years on the production of detergent bottles with 15 per cent recycled HDPE.
ALPLA, the world's leading specialist in plastic packaging, has been working with partners to develop foaming technology in extrusion blow moulding (EBM) for around four years. After receiving the Smart Packaging award from the Austrian government in 2014, this sustainable procedure has now also received the internationally renowned PackTheFuture and WorldStar awards.
- Jo Webb
- Company News
- Created 07 Jun 2019
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