Luxembourg-based packaging solutions provider UNITED CAPS (formerly PROCAP) announced its plans to build a new plastic caps and closures manufacturing facility in Malaysia in May 2017.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will be located in the Kulim High Tech Park in Kulim District, Kedah, Malaysia. It will serve as UNITED CAPS’ first production facility in south-east Asia and is expected to be fully operational in early-2018.

The facility will produce more than 300 million closures in the first year of its operation. It is being developed as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy aimed at setting up manufacturing operations close to regional demand.

The Malaysian facility will enable the company to meet the growing demand for caps and closures. It will also enable UNITED CAPS to localise the production of its closure technologies in the south-east Asian market.

The project is expected to create 20 new jobs in the region.

UNITED CAPS’ Malaysian plant details

The new state-of-the-art facility will produce a wide range of plastic closures and caps for infant nutrition and agrochemicals, including the standard closures – Greencap, Proslit and Protecscoop.

“The Malaysian facility will enable the company to meet the growing demand for caps and closures.”

The facility will be capable of designing lightweight and eco-friendly closures made from plant-based plastics. The closures will use lesser materials, which ultimately helps in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

UNITED CAPS is also expanding its sales and distribution channels in the Asian market as part of its expansion into the region. The expansion will enable the company to distribute the products manufactured at the Malaysian facility and better serve its customers in the region.

Products manufactured at the new facility

Greencap, Proslit and Protecscoop are some of the innovative standard closures manufactured by UNITED CAPS.

The Greencap snap closures produce more than twice the capping speeds of traditional closures. The light-weight closure features a better surface finish, which is suitable for the packaging needs of the Asian market.

The UN-compliant 50 and 63 Proslit closures will be available with standard polyethylene foam and induction heat seal liner, which offers resistance against cracking. The closures feature a polyamide (PA)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chemical barrier making it reliable and suitable for all chemical products.

The 360° wheel design of the Proslit closures offers a fine grip for easy opening. The closures also feature branding options for maximum shelf standout.

The Protecscoop closure is designed for preparing feeding bottles using one hand. The flip-top hinged closure features a contamination-free foil-sealed chamber that protects the attached scoop until it is used.

The scoop is available in the dose ranges between 8ml and 13ml. The handle of the scoop is in the form of a thumb, which makes it easy to use.

Marketing commentary on UNITED CAPS

Founded in 1939, UNITED CAPS is a plastic caps and closures manufacturer. The company’s product portfolio includes a wide range of industrial sectors such as beverages, dairy products, baby foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and agrochemicals.

UNITED CAPS has presence in multiple countries in Europe, Africa, America, Asia, and Oceania. The company has seven production plants in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Llagostera and Luxembourg, as well operates 16 sales representations across Europe.