Voorhees, N.J. — New Jersey-based packaging, device and component supplier Comar LLC will build its dropper assembly product line.
Market developments pushed demand for droppers to "unprecedented levels," pushing the supplier to support growth for the major capacity expansion, according to a Jan. 13 news release.
In the statement, the company credited the boost in demand to macro-economic factors like high-end health and beauty serums, use of cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures, an aging population and a trend toward regional supply chains.
"We've been challenged to keep up with the increase in demand but are very pleased to announce plans to increase capacity across all components via investments in additional injection molding machines, glass pipette forming machines and additional molds and assembly equipment," Comar CEO Mike Ruggieri said in the release.
The dropper assemblies at Comar include plastic or glass pipette substrates, bulbs made of rubber or thermoplastic elastomer, closures, custom printing stock dies, packaging options and CE registration.
Comar ranked No. 22 on Plastics News' North American blow molders list with $125 million in sales in 2018. The company has eight manufacturing and distribution locations.
The investments in machines and changes to the assembly should be complete by the end of the first quarter in 2020, and by 2021 the company expects to increase capacity by 60 percent, he said.
The in-house investments are in addition to the company working with component suppliers to support growth and will collaborate on a supply chain to shorten lead times.