UNITED CAPS is planning to build a new manufacturing plant for closures and caps in Dinnington, Rotherham, UK.

The new manufacturing site will be the company’s first plant in the UK and forms part of its ‘Close to You’ strategy, which is focused on setting up manufacturing operations close to areas of regional demand.

The new plant was originally announced in July 2018 and is planned to be built in phases.

It will initially manufacture beverage and dairy closures.

UNITED CAPS is expected to invest more than €20m ($23m) towards the construction of new facility.

The proposed facility will initially employ a team of 20 staff and is slated to enable the company to meet the rising demand for caps and closures within the UK market.

The first phase of the project will include installation of machinery and is anticipated to increase the company’s turnover by roughly 15%.

Production at the new facility is expected to commence by the end of 2019.

UNITED CAPS’ Dinnington plant location

Rotherham was selected as the site for the new facility due to its close proximity to the M1 motorway, as well as the availability of a skilled labour force.

"The first phase of the project will include installation of machinery and is anticipated to increase the company’s turnover by roughly 15%."

The price of land was another factor considered during the location selection process.

Rotherham Council, one of the local authorities of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, has agreed to assist UNITED CAPS over the course of development of the factory.

UNITED CAPS’ new manufacturing plant details

UNITED CAPS’ new manufacturing plant will cover an initial area of 5,000m² with the option to expand to 20,000m² based on further demand for closures.

It will manufacture beverage and dairy closures and caps from the outset, with plans to add additional segments as and when required.

The Dinnington facility will primarily manufacture plastic closures for flat and medium carbonated drinks.

It will also produce closures for fruit juices and dairy products packaged in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

The new site will provide UNITED CAPS’ customers with access to expert resources at its Messia research and development (R&D) facility.

Products manufactured at the new facility

UNITED CAPS’ new closure and cap manufacturing plant will be used to produce the company’s innovative mono-piece screw closures, which are mainly used with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

The closures are made from organoleptic resin and are used for the packaging of liquid dairy products, carbonated beverages and still drinks.

They come in various designs and specifications in accordance with customers’ requirements.

In addition, the new manufacturing facility will also produce caps for glass jars or cans used to package dairy products.

Marketing commentary on UNITED CAPS

UNITED CAPS was originally founded in 1939.

The company is engaged in the development, production and marketing of plastic caps and closures for applications across both food and non-food based sectors.

Formerly known as PROCAP, the company is headquartered in Luxembourg.

UNITED CAPS also provides custom-designed, speciality closures for a wide range of industries such as the pharmaceutical, food, beverage, cosmetics, agrochemicals and automotive sectors.

The company currently conducts operations across Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania.

Its manufacturing facilities are located in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg and Spain.

The company also has 16 sales representation operations across Europe.

UNITED CAPS employs more than 500 workers across all its facilities.

The company recorded revenues of more than €137m ($164m) in 2017.