Ann Arbor, Mich. — Amcor Rigid Plastics has a new business line to serve small-volume production for emerging beverages companies.
The new program for lower volume products called UpStart wants to work with start-up companies as well as larger firms that “want to explore niche markets,” the Ann Arbor-based company said.
“Our goal is to assist regional and emerging brands with launching their new, customer products and then scale them up to larger equipment platforms,” said Frank Lin, marketing director for the company's beverage unit, in a statement.
UpStart, Amcor said, provides significant capital investment savings vs. a typical high-volume scenario. Tooling costs are lowered by up to 75 percent. Bottle production will come with “a wide variety of technologies, finishes, and shapes,” Amcor said.
Amcor said it has a dedicated network of small-volume platforms at four locations, in Chino, Calif.; Allentown, Pa.; Wytheville, Va., and Ames, Iowa.
Amcor Rigid Plastics is a unit of Amcor Ltd. and calls itself one of the world's largest makers of plastic packaging for food, beverage, spirits, personal and home care, and health care. The company has 58 locations in 12 countries.