LONDON — Gillette UK said it has launched a new, £10.5 million ($17.1 million) injection molding plant in England to make disposable razors for the European market.
The 93,960-square-foot facility at the group's London site includes a 36,720-square-foot mold shop.
The plant can accommodate 60 presses with 197-246 tons of clamping force, according to the unit of Boston-based Gillette Co.
Plant construction cost £8 million ($13 million), with the remainder of the investment going for moving and buying equipment.
The plant will start with 38 presses, mostly Demag models being transferred from the old Isleworth molding shop, which is to close.
Seven presses are being supplied from the company's plant in Berlin — five of them already have been shipped to England and one now is in production. Another will begin operating at the end of August, and yet another in September.
Gillette is buying three new machines for the plant. One will be used for development work. Two 325-ton Demag presses are earmarked to produce a new disposable razor for women.
The new plant will be the center of Gillette's disposable razor production in Europe, according to a company news release. It has been designed to handle the group's regional requirements for the next 20 years.
The Berlin plant, meanwhile, will be dedicated to making the new Mach3 razor.
The reconfiguration is scheduled to take about 10 months to complete, according to the company.