Plastic caps and closures manufacturer United Caps has opened its extended R&D facility in Messia, France.

To mark the opening, the company conducted an open house, which was attended by representatives from Nestlé to celebrate the development of a new closure for the company.

The extension of the R&D facility, which involves addition of 200m² of floor space, is aimed at meeting customer demands and to maintain the 50/50 split between standard and bespoke product development.

Alongside the 30% increase in the floor space to 600m², the company increased the workforce by 30% and installed a 3D printer for fast prototyping.

“It was truly a golden moment for our company and our customers.”

United Caps has also undertaken a restructuring of the R&D organisation to be more responsive to market needs, resulting in an average reduction in development time of 10% to 20%.

United Caps CEO Benoit Henckes said: “It was truly a golden moment for our company and our customers.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

“It also gave us a platform to share our experience in the development of a new closure for Nestlé, another Golden Moment worth celebrating.”

The company creates around 50% of the products through the collaboration of its design labs with customers to develop bespoke closures according to their specific requirements.

Nestlé selected United Caps to develop a closure with a classy brushed metal look for its Nescafé Gold coffee that offers visibility on the shelf.

To design the new packaging, the company used a 100% metallic material to be wrapped around the skirt of a closure.

Henckes added: “While the entire project took two years, the first prototypes were delivered in less than a year.

“And the folks in our Messia R&D centre also pitched in to reconfigure operations and make time and room for this important project.”