Blow molder RPC Envases expands in Spain

Richard Higgs

Published: November 15, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Blow Molding

RUSHDEN, ENGLAND (Nov. 15, 10:15 a.m. ET) — UK-based rigid packaging producer RPC Group plc is expanding its Spanish operation and investing in new technology, despite the country’s current economic crisis.

RPC Envases, the company’s Spanish extrusion blow molding offshoot, has relocated one of its plants to a new 130,000 square foot site near Madrid.

A lack of space to expand its growing business in the town of Arganda Del Rey, just south of Madrid, prompted the Spanish subsidiary to shift production east to a refurbished facility in Campo Real.

To coincide with the move, RPC Envases is making new investment in its capacity to blow mould multi-layer bottles and jars for the food sector, as well as adding fresh technology to injection mold thin wall containers with in-mold labeling.

It did not disclose the sum invested, but described it as “significant.” Nor would it reveal details of its new thin wall container technology project, saying only that it involves the latest advances in injection molding and robotics.

The latest investment in the Spanish business, part of the Rushden-based group since 1997, follows three years of growth in spite of Spain’s economic crisis.

Although the national unemployment rate is running at 25 percent RPC Envases, which has 89 staff, has still managed to double its turnover, according to the group.

The firm carried out a review of its market position in blow molding and has turned for equipment to suppliers including Bekum, Magic and Automa, according to its general manager Juan José Martin.

“We undertook a self-critical attitude and a realistic assessment of our position in the market for blow molded plastic bottles.

“Through this approach, we have redefined the tool configuration and the type of blow molding equipment, which has helped us to reach much higher efficiency and introduce numerous improvements in all production areas,” he said.

One advantage of the new facility is its high level of hygiene which “may allow us to re-enter the market of high-end cosmetics,” the general manager said.

RPC Envases also looked to reducing the energy consumption and cost in the new plant, introducing variable speed eco-friendly compressors and adiabatic cooling equipment for hydraulics.

The move has increased the plant’s production and warehouse area, as well as enlarging the office space. The firm runs a second plant in Cadiz.


Comments

Blow molder RPC Envases expands in Spain

Richard Higgs

Published: November 15, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Newell Rubbermaid expanding production, employment in Kansas

March 3, 2015 3:31 pm ET

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is expanding and extending plastics molding technologies at its Winfield, Kan., manufacturing plant and distribution center.    More

Image

Clear Lam settles Doritos lawsuit

March 3, 2015 4:06 pm ET

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. has settled a months-old lawsuit against Frito-Lay Inc. alleging “breach of contract, false advertising, and...    More

Image

Coveris sees 'common culture' form after mergers, acquisitions

March 3, 2015 11:37 am ET

Coveris Holdings Corp. is a mega-rollup in packaging, a major international player, said Robert Larson, president of Coveris' Food and Consumer North ...    More

Image

Study: LLDPE to grow steadily

March 3, 2015 11:23 am ET

Research group Ceresana says linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is expected to grow steadily through 2021.    More

Image

P&G adding label to help guide consumers in recycling

March 2, 2015 3:29 pm ET

Procter & Gamble Co. will help prompt consumers to recycle rigid packaging by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle Label program.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events