It has been technological innovation in conjunction with Italian style that has enabled Giflor to win over the international packaging community during the past 50 years. As the Vincenza-based closures company celebrates half a century of success, Nadia Copovilla, CEO, reflects on how Giflor has become one of the most important global references in the industry.
How was the name Giflor chosen?
It was the entrepreneurial intuition of Giuseppe Fracasso that founded Giflor back in 1973. He chose the name Giflor as an amalgamation of his own name, along with that of his wife, Flora. Through the support of his wife, the company was established with particularly strong values of aesthetics, customer service and innovation. Those values remain unchanged and are now the driving force behind Giflor.
Both innovation and aesthetics are key in Italian culture. Marco Polo, Dante, Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Colombus), Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci are considered to be some of the world's greatest pioneers who left a significant mark on the world, and they are all Italian. In conjunction with our passion for the Arts, music and fashion, Italy is, and always has been, a melting pot of creativity.
Fabio & Mattia Fracasso
Italian passion for detail, high quality and well-crafted wares is known around the world, and at Giflor we express this passion through our work, always working to improve upon our products and offer the best-quality closure offering on the market. Although the business is now in the hands of Giuseppe and Flora's sons, Fabio and Mattia, we continue to grow through creative development with the same values supporting our work as when Giflor began.
How has Giflor grown during the past 50 years?
The 2 most important areas of our growth during the past 5 decades have been our technology and our financial expansion. Giflor now has a team of 60 employees and a production area that spans 10,000m2. We have 31 electric, hybrid and hydraulic injection and bi-injection moulding machines, and a turnover of €16.2m of which 70% was generated in the foreign market.
We are still based in Vicenza, but our injection-molded plastic closures are now available in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Last year, our closure division manufactured 240 million plastic caps which are used for beauty and cosmetic products, para-pharmaceutical and OTC healthcare lines, and even pet care products.
What is Giflor's 'secret' to global success?
There is no secret to Giflor's success. We have always worked hard to ensure that our products are the best, delivering not only reliable well-functioning product lines but also aesthetically pleasing closures that are relevant to the market.
Research and development never stop at Gifor and our Giflor Lab team is always looking forward and trying out new ideas so that our company's offering is at the cutting edge.
Again, this comes back to our corporate values, striving to innovate and offer top-quality products that serve their purpose throughout their entire lifecycle.
What have been the most recent innovations introduced by Giflor?
Giflor's closures are divided into 4 categories: The Classic line, Just Colors, the Eco Low Profile caps and the E-closure line. Of these, the Eco-Low Profile and E-closure lines are the 2 most recent innovations.
The Eco Low Profile (ELP) caps are Giflor's unique, patented line of closures that are lighter weight and require less plastic in their manufacture. The key to the success of this line has been that it offers the same excellent quality for which Giflor is known, without any compromise. Our product designers recognized a need for products that required less resources for their manufacture and this line fulfils that space in the market. Whilst these recycle-ready caps may be smaller in size, their impact on the market has been immense. Not only do we now develop closures for bottles, but we also manufacture special ELP closures for tubes as well as closures manufactured from post-consumer recycled plastic material.
Giflor's E-closures line also fulfils an important space in the market; for packaging that meets the requirements of e-commerce. In addition to being impact resistant and maintaining their integrity throughout their life cycle, Giflor's E-closures ensure no leakage under extreme conditions, providing significant assurance to both brands sending products and consumers receiving those products. E-commerce sales are projected to continue their rapid growth during the next few years, so this is a massive market of which Giflor is part.
What is next for Giflor?
During the next 5 years, we want to reach €25m in turnover and further expand our presence in international markets. We will continue to invest in research and development through Giflor Lab to ensure that our products meet the newest requirements of the market in addition to highlighting the quality of our lines by achieving the world's top certifications and awards in packaging. Our values of aesthetics, customer service and innovation will be at the heart of our next generation of closure products as we continue to set industry closure trends that are "Made in Italy".
Clearly respecting the environment, Naturé Moi partners with Giflor
Naturé Moi is a pioneering brand in the natural hygiene market whose formulas are both respectful of the skin and of the environment. Giflor has added value to the Naturé Moi packs with the Eco Low Profile closure model 844 manufactured with less raw material.
Strategic opportunity sees Giflor acquire ITAP International
Giflor, a Vicenza-based injection-molded plastic closure systems manufacturer for the cosmetic, personal care and pet care, food, para-pharmaceutical and OTC industries has acquired 100% of ITAP International, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of plastic bag-in-box taps for food use.
Baltic care for healthy skin as Margarita chooses Giflor's 556
Margarita products are designed to protect the skin even in the most difficult climatic conditions, such as cold, rain and wind. Combined with Giflor's 556 closure the complete pack represents the spirit of the Lithuanian brand thanks to its simplicity of shape and use.
Giflor's quality is confirmed with AA+ distinction
Giflor Closure Technologies has obtained grade AA+ of the prestigious BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standard) certification, the most stringent international standard for packaging operators, and, in particular, for manufacturers of components intended to come into contact with food
Giflor's 838 cap conveys the distinctive personality of Dicora Urban Fit
In terms of aesthetic impact, the pack of Dicora Urban Fit products is disruptive for its soft-touch material, unique bottle shape combined with pastel nuances. For the bath gel line, the Giflor's 838 cap becomes the perfect closing system to convey the product's distinctive personality.
Eco Low Profile tube caps wow the packaging market with multiple awards
At Giflor, we never stop innovating! We are always working hard to design and develop new closure solutions to meet customer needs. This year, one of our lines of products, the Eco Low Profile caps for tubes, has been receiving quite a lot of recognitions and we couldn't be prouder.
I PROVENZALI unites with Giflor for organic baby care line
The I Provenzali Organic Baby Line has been designed specially for babies' skin and is dedicated to parents and carers looking for a natural cosmetic with a safe and nourishing formula. Giflor's 556 closure was chosen for its outstanding functionality to ensure the properties of the formulation.
Starbrands' Duo Super Care line gets a super closure from Giflor
Feeling well and natural, strong visual impact, ease of use: thanks to its unique patented design, Giflor’s 855 closure perfectly matches the spirit of Duo Super Care shampoos, providing the customer with a pleasant and enjoyable experience under the shower.
Bottega Verde 'embraces the feeling' with Giflor
Bottega Verde recently launched a brand new product line inspired by nature that offers a unique body and sensorial experience inspired by natural scents and body wash massage effects. The company chose Giflor's caps to convey its nature-oriented inspiration.
Giflor is international in 2023
2023 is going to be a very busy year for the Giflor team, having already confirmed its presence at some of the most important international trade shows in the packaging industry throughout the year. In 2023 we will be showcasing our company's new projects and products at influential trade shows in both Europe and the USA.
2XP and Giflor make the perfect combination
Australian 2XP products are sold across the world, therefore the packaging format and resistance are fundamental when shipping to ensure the packs arrive intact. Giflor's Eco Low Profile cap 743 is the perfect combination to withstand stressing transport conditions avoiding accidental openings and leaks.
Mario Fissi 1937 Firenze elects elegance and sustainability with Giflor's closure systems
Mario Fissi 1937 Firenze has chosen the green design of Giflor closure systems for two of its most successful personal care product lines as “elegance and sustainability are the key elements of this exciting and engaging project”.
“Less plastic, more impact”: Reducing packaging size increases product visibility and appeal
Biocare had no doubts when it selected the most suitable closure system for tubes that would enhance its market positioning. Inspired by nature, the brand decided to partner up with Giflor, for sharing the same values and respect for the environment.
Quality and transparency: the key to win over pet owners
The latest trends show the number of consumers that keep a close eye on the quality of the ingredients and the packaging of pet products is increasing. That's why Yuup! and Giflor have been working side by side to provide both quality and transparency in their new collection of unique pet care products.
Giflor seals the deal with its e-commerce E-closures line
Always looking to the future, Giflor's R&D department started developing closure systems specifically suited to e-commerce in 2003, with the creation of its E-closures line. These caps meet the needs of all major industries and are today globally recognized as a guarantee of style, functionality and a positive unboxing experience, without unpleasant surprises.
Giflor celebrates category win for Tube of the Year 2021 with Just Colors Eco Low Profile Cap
Just Colors Eco Low Profile Cap is awarded Silver for the Innovative Component or Process category at the Tube of the Year 2021 competition. The product is praised for its sustainability and bi-color possibilities.
Vitélite chooses Giflor to ensure convenience without compromise on quality or aesthetics
To be more visible, quality too needs a refined look, especially in a competitive and sophisticated industry such as the care one. That is why Vitélite chose the premium design of Giflor’s closure systems to complete the packaging of its shampoo and conditioner line.
Sustainable packaging proves a Royal Affair
When The Royal Affair started looking for a packaging solution that was entirely sustainable, and at the same time could convey that sense of "royalty" evoked by the brand, there was no doubt that Kim Pai Tuba’s mono-material laminated tube equipped with Giflor’s Eco Low Profile closure art. 772 was the only choice.
- Jo Webb
- Created 23 Aug 2023
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