COLUMBUS, IND. (Jan. 12, 1:50 p.m. ET) — Lindal Group has just completed an expansion of its Columbus aerosol valve production operation, the company announced Jan. 4.
Lindal invested $1 million in the project, including new production lines, but further machinery details were not disclosed. Lindal develops and produces valves, actuators and spray caps for aerosol products in countries around the world.
The Columbus expansion shortens the distance Lindal faces to ship to customers in the Midwest, the eastern U.S. and Canada, which have been supplied out of the company's Phoenix, Ariz., facility, stated Martin Kleinman, a spokesman for the firm, in an e-mail. Columbus is now Lindal's only U.S. production operation. Other plants in the Americas are in Lerma, Mexico; Cabreuva, Brazil, and Garin, Argentina.
“The proximity to key multinational accounts will shorten supply chains and provide enhanced returns for our trade partners,” said Robert Brands, president of the Americas for Lindal Group headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.
“Columbus is now our lead facility here in the Americas, operating 24/7,” stated Lindal plant manager Jerry Miller in a news release. The production plant opened in 2003 for aerosol valve assembly.
Columbus has added Lindal's bag-on-valve technology, injection molding and valve production in the expansion. Columbus has boosted its staff by 25 in the past six months and more will join its workforce in the first quarter.
Bag-on-valve technology was relocated from Phoenix, where Lindal maintains warehousing, according to Kleinman. Bag-on-valve systems comprise an aerosol valve welded to a bag. Compressed air outside the bag in the can pushes contents through the valve when the valve is actuated. Lindal claims the system uses less material, less energy to create and it speeds production capacity. It allows two different mediums to be filled separate from each other which are mixed during valve actuation.
Lindal boasts subsidiaries and licensees in more than 15 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Its dispensing systems are popular in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food applications.