Albéa completes €6m investment with Italian mascara integration

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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Albéa completes €6m investment with Italian mascara integration
Cosmetics packager Albéa has further enhanced its production capacity with further investment in Italy, following on from previous expansion in France.

The French mascara pack maker announced  it will open  a  new  manufacturing  site  in  Bottanuco,  Italy,  the  European  Center  of Excellence for mascara in  2014, along with the expansion and integration of two existing sites in Verderio and Imbersago.

Albea says that with this move it hopes to offer to customers better speed to market, further flexibility and supply chain efficiency and speed-to-market. 

“The customer-driven effort represents a major investment in resource,”​ says the company in a statement.

Going ‘glocal’

“It will be seamlessly orchestrated as part of the Albéa’s ongoing effort to deliver a comprehensive ‘Glocal’ world of solutions, with cutting-edge, local production, service, teams and expertise – and global support for the most complex international launches.”

The company’s Italy-based mascara production currently services the region’s most demanding and prestigious mascara makers, and the hopes are that with the creation of a single, integrated site, production efficiency and supplier-customer  interaction  will be enhanced.  

When completed, the new Bottanuco mascara facility, just outside of Milan, will have a production  area  of  13,000m²  and  warehouse  capacity  of  3,000m².

Warehousing,  tooling, injection-  extrusion-  and  blow  molding,  decoration  and  assembly,  thermal  varnishing,  UV lacquering and metallization will all be integrated.

French investment

The move comes after Albea had also announced it will invest in its tube facility in North-East France, completing a six million euro investment.

The new 600-employee site in Argonne will focus on four primary areas: “caps, laminate tubes, small diameter plastic tubes, and premium plastic tubes for the prestige market.”

“The Argonne facility will enable the company to maintain its leadership position in Tubes, in full compliance with new regulations,”​ says Albea.

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