Denis Dalla Fontana, Operations Manager at Giflor offers a unique opportunity for a behind the scenes look at the Italian caps and closures company. Inspiration comes from within at Giflor as the company maintains a cutting edge position at the forefront of closure technology and production techniques through investing, testing and exploring new materials.
Denis, how would you define your role as operations manager?
One of the principal facets of working at Giflor is people development. The heart of our company and our success comes down to the people who work here and make things happen, therefore my role as Operations Manager focuses a lot on working with people and developing their unique skills, along with using the latest technologies. People are at the heart of technology. We create it. We use it. We enhance it and we benefit from it. Therefore, it is important we embrace our team in order to benefit from technology and continue to grow the business.
Much of my role is enabling the team to self-lead; offering motivation and facilitating processes whereby we work together in an organized and efficient manner. In a large team this synergy needs to be created and then it requires nurture and reinforcement in order to work effectively.
Also, with the introduction of technology, we need to ensure that our team is comfortable working with everything, so that as well as being safe and effective at work, we can all use new technology in the most appropriate way.
As operations manager, I ensure that our production is well-planned and organized throughout, from the morning briefing when we update the scheduling, throughout the day and then concluding at the end of the day to organize the day ahead. Weekly briefings provide the opportunity to not only plan the work for the following week, but also discuss team news and training requirements with new equipment or new working techniques.
What is the key to successful manufacturing?
Communication is key at Giflor. Within production we have to be highly organized in order to maintain such a busy manufacturing schedule. When problems do arise, it is critical that they are solved quickly and understood completely to avoid further issue. We also review each day's schedule to see how and where improvements can be made for the future and make tactical decisions for Giflor's growth.
As well as working towards the growth of the company, I'm an active player in the growth of my team. We all have individual goals and these goals are in line with the vision of Giflor. We have to reach our own individual goals in order to grow. It's tactical.
Both our team of workers, along with the manufacturing technology used, are pivotal to successful manufacturing and the team regularly suggests ideas for how the workplace and work flow can be improved, which are then considered for validity within the company's growth plan.
What is next for Giflor?
We are at 90% capacity right now and we are still growing. With this growth we have more staff now and will require more office space. It also means that we have to work more efficiently in production than ever before, so we are looking at the inter-connection of our machines before we reach full capacity and take the next steps towards future growth.
Giflor is currently working towards achieving more demanding food safety certification. The company is already well known around the world for its good manufacturing practices in producing caps and closures, therefore improving safety standards is a continuous commitment and will propel Giflor further forward as a top global supplier in its markets. Most of Giflor's caps and closures are used within the cosmetic and personal care industries and there is no doubt that being BRC certified will be a significant benefit and improve sales. Giflor closures are also used in the OTC health, food and detergent markets.
Giflor is already ISO 9001 certified. This is an essential requirement of the business and we have recently updated the certification from the 2008 version to the current 2015 one.
Historically, Giflor has always been an exporter and had to work hard to ensure its visibility in the market, internationally. Giflor has become a strong player in the Americas and the company is reinforcing its direct presence by exhibiting at packaging exhibitions which reinforce its international strategy, such as Luxe Pack New York where the team will be attending in May. Prior to that in April, Giflor will be building upon its beauty credentials at Beautyworld Middle East taking place in Dubai.
It's a busy time at Giflor for everyone, both in the offices and in production. We have made great strides in the last few years and now the company is well prepared for its next steps.
How is Giflor's commitment to the environment benefiting the company's sales?
Giflor's environmental commitment is enhancing sales
Cutting edge technology is being utilized to enhance sustainability at Giflor. And it's not just machinery that is benefiting a more environmentally-friendly production. Find out how the world renowned caps manufacturer is making its product offering greener and saving the world's resources.
Giflor's Eco Low Profile with big impact
Nowadays, a focus on sustainability is a MUST to ensure the survival of our planet. Always staying ahead of the times, Giflor Closure Technologies has been committed to this ever since 2006, when it launched its Eco Low Profile line for bottles, and the company now works with this philosophy in mind every day. As brands look for simple ways to improve their sustainability credentials, Giflor's Eco Low Profile cap options have gone from strength to strength, offering a lightweight packaging option utilizing less plastic material and benefiting a reduced carbon footprint.
Advantages of caps and liners for e-commerce
E-commerce has opened up global growth possibilities for many companies, however, there are characteristics which make some products more viable options for the sector. Headquartered in Italy, Giflor is one of the world's most innovative plastic cap manufacturers and much of the company's product offering is ideal for e-commerce trading.
Giflor is right on trend with its matte finish closures
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The 850 closure, launched by Giflor in 2017, confirms its success internationally
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Giflor expands its territory in South America
Giflor Plastic Caps, the internationally renowned and award-winning caps manufacturer will be participating at Colombia's Andina Pack as the Italian company further expands its territory across South America. The South America market is a growing market for Giflor as the company already has a number of key customers in the region that turn to the company because of its excellent reputation and wide offering of closure options.
Paolo Lobba at Giflor tells us about expansion and what it takes to foster a packaging brand's success
Recently we were able to speak to Paolo Lobba, Giflor's head of R&D, to get his impressions on the current trend for packaging firms to expand into previously untapped markets. Giflor is one of Europe's leading closure providers, and Paolo was able to give us some details on how his company is meeting the challenges of expansion successfully.
Giflor showcases numerous lines at this year's Interpack
Giflor has had quite a successful expansion year, with a number of ranges being recognized internationally as leading items in the beauty and personal care spaces. At this year's Interpack, the company showcased several of its flagship products to garner further exposure and make brands aware of the benefits of low profile closures.
Giflor launches a new website, where "innovation and Italian design meet sustainability"
Giflor is one of the world's leading suppliers of low-profile caps to a number of international markets, including some fo the world's largest packaging consulting firms. Recently, Giflor launched a new website to show existing and prospective clients its simple mission to offer innovative closures featuring gorgeous Italian design without added environmental impact.
Giflor comes away with five separate prizes at the Starpack Industry Awards
Renowned internationally for producing a number of industry leading closures, Italian firm Giflor has won five times at this year's edition of the Starpack Industry Awards. Two of the company's closures were entered and managed to take top prizes based on a number of key features.
Eco Low Profile takes on the world
The industrial patent for Giflor's Eco Low Profile 772 tube cap has just been accepted in China, the 3rd major region to accept the Italian company's cap. Giflor's 772 tube cap has already been patented in Europe and the United States and the acceptance of the patent in China coincides with the anniversary of the invention and patenting of the first tube by John Goffe Rand, 175 years ago.
Giflor crowns award winning Coeur de Cigale body milk
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Winni's Bio Naturel selects Giflor caps for its latest product launch
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Giflor's bicolor flip top closures topping Expo travel kits
One of Giflor's most popular items and part of the Just Colors line, the 24/410 bicolor cylindrical flip top cap, art. 856, was selected to sit atop smaller format containers for this year's Milan Expo travel kits, providing perfect retention and dispensing for travel kit mainstays like shampoo, body gel, or moisturizer. Giflor's bicolor caps offer a unique and easy to use option for companies to create a unique piece of contemporary packaging.
Giflor's Eco Low Profile flip-top cap for tube wins in the Rosupack 2015 PART awards
Italian plastic cap specialist, Giflor has just taken the top prize at this year's Rosupack PART awards. The Packaging, Art, Research and Technology award was presented for the company's Eco Low Profile flip top cap for the tube which makes a considerable saving on the amount of plastic required when compared to a standard tube cap, thus helping the environment and whilst saving considerable costs in logistics.
Giflor takes inspiration from vibrant spring hues and tones to extend its standard colour range
Following the launch of Giflor's Eco Low Profile Oval bicolour closure, which is already generating positive results, Giflor has made the decision to extend its range of standard colours available. The company's standard range of colours now encompasses 333 different tones, shades, and hues from which to choose without any surcharge.
Giflor extends its offering to innovative new cap liners
Giflor, the Italian firm behind the latest advances in closures like the Eco Low Profile, has announced that it will be expanding its offering to include liners in its broad range of caps and other closures, providing clients with a simple and cost-effective way to provide a proper seal on products.
Giflor's Eco Low Profile line, now in bi-color XL
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Giflor's mushroom caps are sprouting up all over
Giflor, Italy's premier supplier of a high quality closures for a variety of sectors, has extended the scope of its popular mushroom caps to meet the high market demand for the closures. The mushroom cap closure, long associated with ease of use and versatility, have become a top seller for Giflor over the years, and are now available in even more configurations.
Giflor's latest 24/410 and 24/415 closures
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Giflor introduces a new paradigm with jigger flip-tops
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Giflor releases its updated version of a timeless closure classic
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The Pushlock redesign by Giflor
Years ago Giflor introduced a totally new cap for cosmetics, a cap that offered both the performance of a classic disc top and flip top (open with one hand), and the security of a push pull closure. Now Giflor is relaunching the Pushlock with a modern design and improved functionality, along with a new series of bi-color caps for standard items (24, 28, and 38 mm).
Giflor receives TricorBraun's 2012 Supplier Innovation Award
More than 5 years ago, TricorBraun management visited Cosmoprof in Bologna and were intrigued by Giflor's display and product offerings. This introduction to Giflor, its products, and most importantly its people have obviously progressed quickly and finally after a number of smaller projects seems now to be on the development of impact business.
Giflor adds a new option to its Just Colors range
Giflor' Just Colors (Match emotions) range of products has grown once more with the addition of a new bicolor cap specifically for 28/410 necks. The new closure features a fusion of Italian design and perfect engineering, to create a cap that not only looks superb, the flip-top portion fits perfectly into the mount to create an excellent seal.
- Isabel Thomas
- Created 27 Mar 2019
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