CCL Plastic Packaging has formed an alliance with a German company making similar tube and closure products, extending the market reach of both companies.
The agreement, signed Dec. 8, gives licensing and distribution rights to Weener Plastik Packaging Group to sell CCL's products in Europe, while CCL gains similar rights for Weener's products in North America, said Tim McLaughlin, vice president of sales for CCL Dispensing Systems.
Weener, owned by Weener Plastik GmbH & Co. KG of Weener, Germany, is a custom injection molder of tubes, PET bottles and deodorant-stick packs and makes dispensing closures and systems, McLaughlin said. The company has plants in four European countries and also in Russia and Egypt.
CCL Plastic Packaging also makes plastic tubes, closures and deodorant sticks but has focused on North America until now, McLaughlin said.
``For the long term, we look to use [Weener] technologies and Americanize their product lines to make them more compatible with existing packaging here,'' McLaughlin said. ``Obviously, Europe has its own flair, and we want to expand upon that in our marketplace.''
The Los Angeles-based packaging unit is owned by CCL Industries Inc., a large Toronto-based containers and labels maker. The plastics packaging group has three U.S. molding plants.
CCL's Libertyville, Ill., facility completed an expansion of its production capabilities this year, doubling the number of presses to 36, McLaughlin said. The new machines were installed in June.