BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND — Ten Cate Plasticum, a Dutch packaging and closure injection molder, has moved into the French market since its takeover two years ago of Domiplast SA, a molder of mobile phones, electrical casings and caps.
The French injection molder, based at Chartres and now renamed Ten Cate Plasticum France, chiefly serves the automotive and office machinery sectors.
It has been taken on by Plasticum after the purchase of Domiplast's former parent company, Createc group, by Plasticum's parent, Royal Ten Cate NV.
Ten Cate Plasticum France makes closures for cosmetic packaging and durable products for international customers, including Siemens, Mitsubishi, Minolta and Philips.
The addition gives Tilburg-based Plasticum a valuable foothold in what is a very important and growing packaging export market in France. Now, the Dutch company is examining plans to expand capacity there, according to a Plasticum spokeswoman in the Netherlands.
Plasticum operates plants at three sites in the Netherlands —Ede, Rijen and Tilburg — plus one in Alfreton, England.
The firm claims to hold a 60 percent share of the British aerosol cap market.
Rapid demand for new caps and closures has seen annual sales at the British subsidiary, Ten Cate Plasticum (UK) Ltd., rise from about £1 million ($1.66 million) in 1991 to £11 million ($18.2 million) last year.
The Alfreton plant is equipped with about 32 injection presses, mainly Engel and Netstal models, with clamping forces of 140-250 tons. Plasticum operates a total of nearly 200 presses companywide.
The firm displayed a new range of aerosol spray caps at Pakex 98, a packaging show held March 30-April 2 in Birmingham.
The products included a one-piece, child-resistant snap cap for aerosol cans and a tough polypropylene copolymer overcap with a carrying handle for 5-liter bottles.
Plasticum's sister company, blow molder Ten Cate Mouldings BV of Oldenzaal, the Netherlands, showed its high density polyethylene containers aimed at the chemical, industrial, cleaning fluid and hot-fill food sectors.