Alcoa Packaging and Consumer Group of Pittsburgh is being reorganized, with manufacturing split into two new business units, and a new research and development group being formed.
Sales and marketing will be the responsibility of two new units, and manufacturing plants will focus solely on production, a model in line with consumer product companies like Procter & Gamble Co.
``We are creating a new innovation group across all of our packaging businesses that will be working with the business units and customers [to] ... bring the products to market faster,'' spokesman Kevin Lowery said in a Nov. 3 telephone interview. The manufacturing units include:
* Alcoa Packaging, which will focus on growing market segments including medical, pharmaceutical, health care, food, electronics and film products. The group will be headed by Bimal Kalvani, who was president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
* Reynolds Food Packaging, which will focus on food service with Alcoa's thermoforming and food-packaging businesses. Rebecca Liebert was named president.
The company is searching for presidents for its Consumer Products group and Alcoa Closure Systems International. Consumer Products was headed by Ruth Mack, who was promoted to vice president within parent company Alcoa Inc. and to group president of packaging and consumer. Alcoa CSI had been headed by Sandy Beach Lin, who left.
Alcoa has a large packaging business with significant plastics operations: The company ranked No. 14 on Plastics News' recent survey of North American film and sheet manufacturers, with estimated sales of $565 million, and No. 4 in thermoforming, with estimated sales of $350 million. The company also is a significant closures molder. But plastics packaging is a small part of parent Alcoa Inc., which generated $23.4 billion in sales last year.
This year alone, Alcoa has announced the closures of the Kama rigid sheet extrusion plant in Elyria, Ohio; a thermoformed packaging plant in Madison, Ga.; and an injection molding plant in Shreveport, La.