International manufacturer and supplier of packaging for beauty products Quadpack is investing more than €6 million in its factories in Kierspe, Germany, to meet growing market demand. The investments are aimed at the creation of a decoration centre and the strengthening of its injection and injection assembly and assembly capacities. Quadpack is already a reference in thick-walled PET injection and wants to become a reference in the sector in terms of sustainable manufacturing and decoration.
Skin care is expected to grow by 10% in 2022, amid optimism in the industry. Market research indicates growth potential for clean beauty skin and hair care, as well as for business segments such as dermo-cosmetics. The Quadpack plant in Kierspe is in the process of expanding to meet the growing demand, especially in terms of airless packaging, and decoration services have been internalized to accelerate the time to market. The plant's sales in 2022 are expected to increase in line with growth in 2021, which recorded a 25% increase over the previous year.
The investments concern the increase of personnel, the installation of new moulds and injection machines, as well as the optimisation of assembly equipment by Industry 4.0. An industrial process management (MES) system is implemented to improve production lead times, efficiency and agility of the supply chain, while optimizing the control of manufacturing operations. The MES will be connected to the SAP S4/HANA cloud in 2023 as part of the company's digital transformation.
When the project is completed, production capacity will be increased for all current product categories. Airless capabilities will be the most affected.
With the acquisition of decoration specialist Stefan Wicklein Kunststoffveredelung GmbH in Steinbach am Wald in 2021, Quadpack will be able to offer services and expert decoration know-how in its factories in Steinbach and Kierspe, with 900 m2 of dedicated decoration facilities.
To ensure sustainable production, Quadpack's plants rely 100% on renewable energy and follow a continuous waste reduction program. The Kierspe plant holds an EcoVadis Silver Medal and is ISCC certified. The production of SAN and SMMA is gradually switching to PET and rPET plastic to improve recyclability. Quadpack also tests different decorating techniques and works with ink, varnish and film suppliers in search of more durable materials.
"Our Kierspe plant is already a centre of expertise in PET injection, enabling us to achieve our sustainability goals. We can now add our expertise in decoration, in order to reduce transport, improve Scope 3 CO2 emissions and accelerate production times, explains Fabrice Revert, COO of Quadpack. A growing demand for our "Made in Europe" solutions is growing as the market recovers and environmental awareness grows. Our investments in Germany bring production closer to the majority of our customers. Our goal is to continue to improve our customer service while making a positive impact on our planet. »