Taking advantage of a rise in plastic bottle use in Mexico, the Zeller Plastik closures division of packaging company Crown Holdings Inc. is opening a new injection molding plant in August in Mexico City.
The company is finishing construction of a 150,000-square-foot plant, said Nancy Kane, marketing coordinator at Zeller's North American headquarters in Libertyville, Ill. The facility will include manufacturing and a distribution center.
Zeller, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based packaging firm Crown Holdings, plans to shift work in Mexico from its 45,000-square-foot site in Tepotzotl n, Mexico. The new plant will operate under the Zeller Plastik Mexico name.
The new plant will boost production of customized closures for carbonated soft drinks and water bottles, two areas that are growing in Mexico, Kane said. About 200 employees will work at the Mexico City plant, which will have more than a dozen injection presses, she said.
Polycarbonate water bottles are quite popular in the country, where good drinking water cannot be taken for granted. Zeller's closures contain tamper-evident features so that empty water containers cannot be refilled unlawfully and resold, she said.
About a third of the plant's space will be reserved for warehousing, and additional space will be available to expand the facility. The facility also will make closures for personal-care items and other markets.
Zeller also has opened a 112,000-square-foot expansion at its Libertyville plant. The $6.8 million project increases total space to 193,000 square feet at the facility. The company will bring external warehousing operations in-house, giving Zeller immediate access to inventory. The facility also includes a quality-assurance laboratory and injection molding space.
The facility makes customized dispensing closures, primarily for personal-care and household items. Several new presses were added and the plant was reconfigured for more efficient operation, Kane said. Zeller moved to the Libertyville plant in 1993.
In North America, Zeller operates only the facilities in Illinois and Mexico.