Packaging closures molder United Caps plans to launch a new manufacturing plant in western France in line with its strategy of locating local production close to its customer base.
Luxembourg-based United Caps recently negotiated the purchase of a 25,000-square-meter site at the Valframbert Business Park in Alençon, where it will construct its second French plant.
An initial building phase in the 12 million euro ($13.7 million) expansion project is scheduled to result in a 4,000-square-meter production unit and create 15 new jobs during two years, according to the company. It already operates a molding facility at Messia, France.
“We are especially interested in building a factory in Alençon because of its proximity to customers who will have access to our full portfolio of solutions,” CEO Benoît Henckes said.
Local clients would also be able to take advantage of United Caps's research and development center at Messia for product customization and development, he added in a statement announcing the French plans.
His company also plans to work closely with the nearby plastics and composites institute Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d'Alençon (ISPA) as a potential local source of skilled staff.
United Caps also is investing around 20 million euros ($23 million) on a new United Kingdom facility in Dinnington, England. Production is to begin at the end of this year.