Alpla acquires rigid plastic plant of Amcor in India

Expansion of activities in the Western region of India

Alpla Group
Part of the workforce at the newly acquired Alpla Pune plant. Photo - Alpla

Alpla Group, packaging solutions and recycling specialist is acquiring a facility in Western India for the production of preforms for PET bottles from the packaging company Amcor. The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose any details of the contract yet.

Alpla took over the plant for rigid plastics from the global packaging specialist Amcor with effect from 28 September 2020. The plant in Alandi, West India, is in the immediate vicinity of the metropolis of Pune. It manufactures preforms for the production of PET bottles for the beverage industry. The customers include Coca-Cola and the Indian dairy company Amul.

With this takeover, Alpla is expanding its core business in the PET area in India. Alpla will take over all 50 employees. Vagish Dixit, managing director Alpla India, said, ‘The newly acquired facility near Pune will primarily help us to better serve the market in the Western Region of India and further expand existing partnerships with customers such as Coca-Cola.’

Austria headquartered Alpla is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 20,800 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps, and molded parts at 181 sites across 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in various areas, including food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils, and lubricants.

Alpla operates its own recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Poland, and Spain, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. By signing the New Plastics Economy’s Global Commitment in October 2018, ALPLA pledged to achieve certain goals by 2025 — all packaging solutions are to be fully recyclable, and the volume of recycled materials is to increase to 25 % of the total materials used. A sum of EUR 50 million (approximately Rs 430 crore) has been earmarked for Alpla’s expansion of its recycling activities.

ALPLA India began its journey in 2006. The regional headquarters are located in Hyderabad. India has grown rapidly and operates in a total of 9 manufacturing plants  located in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Pune, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Assam. Alpla Pune is the ninth location of Alpla in India and the second in the country’s west.

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