Axium Packaging, a group specializing in the production of jars, bottles and closures in PET, recycled and bio sourced PET, PP and PCR PP for personal care and food markets, has moved into its new production facilities; a 22,000 sqm industrial building acquired during the 1st semester of 2021.
Located near the city of Saint-Etienne, France, the premises have been entirely reorganized to enable the installation of Axium Packaging headquarters as well as production plants from Acti Pack, specializing in PET and RPET bottles and jars, and from Loire Plastic Industrie, specializing in plastic injection of boxes and closures. Today, the site gathers more than 175 staffs. Six months of work and a total investment of 16 million euros were required to achieve the whole operation.
Production capacity increased by 15%
After a transition period in order to allow the companies’ move in the best conditions, the two production units are fully operational again.
The new production hall of Loire Plastic Industrie, with a surface area of 4,000 sqm, integrates an automated and computerized machinery of 25 injection moulding machines, a maintenance and tooling preparation area as well as a finishing area for assembly and contract packaging.
As far as Acti Pack is concerned, the new production workshop with a surface area of 5,500 sqm has seen the installation of 25 injection stretch blow moulding machines equipped with an automatic packaging line.
A tooling maintenance area completes the new installation.
In addition, new common storage solutions are available to meet the requirements of strategic development from the group: a storage hall with a surface area of 11,000 sqm to store up to 12,000 pallets of finished products and all raw materials and components necessary for the production. Computerized stock management ensures traceability and FIFO  management of complete storage.
With this new site, Acti Pack and Loire Plastic Industrie are forecasting their production capacities to rise by more than 15%. New industry 4.0 oriented equipment integrated the two production workshops at the beginning of 2022.
“Complementary in their plastic packaging portfolio, Acti Pack and Loire Plastic Industrie benefit thus from a closer cooperation to strengthen their products and services offers and their development strategy,” said Axium Packaging in a statement.
Bringing together all French production also leads to a slight reduction of the group’s environmental impact, in line with its CSR approach based on two main pillars: the development of eco-designed products and the increased use of recycled and bio-sourced materials, as well as the standardization of the group’s code of conduct.
Formed in 1999, Axium Packaging is made of five companies specialising in plastic packaging: Acti Pack (PET bottles and jars by injection stretch blow moulding), Acti Pack CZ (products by ISBM of PET and EBM), KKT Kaller-Kunststofftechnik GmbH (packaging in PET and HDPE), Loire Plastic Industrie (injected boxes and closures), LAPAC (plastic injection of closures and sticks). The group currently employs about 380 people on several European sites for an aggregated turnover in 2021 of 62,8 million euros.