Alga Plastics Co. is joining with Vitalo Plastics of Meulebeke, Belgium, to design and thermoform custom packaging for customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
``Globalization is more and more the case. The world is growing smaller,'' Alga President Rick Fiske said in a telephone interview.
Fiske said the combination is for light-gauge packaging, especially in the telecommunications and medical-device sectors. The relationship should help the firms bring products to market quickly and help multinational companies provide the same packaging throughout the world, he said. Alga will serve the North American, Canadian and Latin American markets, while Vitalo will serve Europe and Asia.
Each company also will continue to distribute its own products under its own name.
Alga, celebrating its 40th year, is a privately held, employee-owned custom thermoforming company in Cranston, R.I. It specializes in medical, electronic, consumer and industrial light-gauge packaging. Alga employs 50, operates a Class 100,000 clean room and has been ISO-9001 certified since 1995. It has a 60,000-square-foot facility in Cranston, R.I.
Vitalo, which was founded in 1936, employs more than 400 and has annual sales of $50 million. It has plants in Meulebeke, Belgium; Manila, Philippines; Guangzhou, China; and Prachinburi, Thailand.
The partnership was established through the efforts of Fiske, Alga Chief Executive Officer Joan Parkos Moran, Vitalo Chief Executive Officer Chris Heggerick, Vitalo medical accounts manager Francois De Quinnemar and Kristof Derudder, Vitalo's electronics/telecommunications accounts manager.