Albéa, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of packaging for beauty, personal care and pharmaceutical products, opened a new production site in Bottanuco, a town located near Milan, Italy. Launched in January, the new facility has an area of 18 400m2 and a production capacity of 160 million units per year.
Thanks to its integrated injection, extrusion-blow moulding, decoration, surface treatment and assembly technologies, it is now the group’s European Centre of Excellence for mascara, eyeliner and lip gloss. The teams in Bottanuco will support Albéa’s global, regional and local customers with their product launches, from development to production. Joining other manufacturing sites in Mexico, Brazil and China, the new plant strengthens the company’s position in the mascara packaging market.
‘The creation of this centre of excellence demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers with their launches,’ says Guillaume de Demandolx, executive VP of Albéa cosmetic rigid packaging. ‘This completely integrated site should not only improve our responsiveness and industrial efficiency, but should also allow us to offer a wider range of high value-added services.’
The company’s Tips Studio initiative will also be setting up its global centre of expertise at the site. The centre offers customers a comprehensive library with fibre and plastic brushes as well as rapid prototyping capabilities and a make-up test laboratory to evaluate the combination of applicator, wiper and formula.