A manufacturer of aluminium and plastic primary packaging for perfumes, cosmetics and skin care products since 1951, Inca’s history is very much related to the processing of aluminium components.
“We have learnt to shape this material into all possible shapes and sizes, regardless of the quantities required, thanks to the great flexibility of our industrial process,” says Stefano Parodi, the new CEO.
A specialization that the company now considers a huge advantage, due to the 100% and indefinitely recyclable nature of aluminium is a material.
The company employs 160 people and achieved a turnover of EUR 20 million in 2022. Inca’s production equipment includes twenty transfer presses, two anodizing lines and around fifty assembly machines, as well as ten lines of plastic injection machines.
After its acquisition, the company renewed its management while continuing to rely on several historical Inca collaborators, including Alessandra De Giorgi in Sales Department, Giorgio Dianin in Development and Innovation, and Walter Zanzi in Industrial Organization and Supply Chain.
“At the same time, we are going to add to the team new experienced figures, specialized in the industrial transformation of the exclusive aluminium-based products we manufacture,” adds Stefano Parodi.
The new team intends to rely on the company’s "heritage of skills" and on its industrial tool which makes it possible to offer a "turnkey" service from design to the complete production of the packaging component.
“We have expertise in all the stages. We dispose of a wide range of stamping machines, which allow us to shape aluminium into simple or complex forms in small or large batches. We are fully equipped with polishing and brushing machines adapted to work on cylindrical or shaped parts. Our two anodizing lines allow us great flexibility in production and final finishing,” continues the manager.
Inca also incorporates other decoration techniques such as screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping and sublimation.
The company also has a fleet of injection moulding machines allowing them to produce any type of plastic components, as well as a wide range of machines capable of assembling together various combinations of materials, whether they are aluminium, plastic or glass.
Recent launches and innovations
Inca recently produced the series of luxury lids for the Volzhenka brand of caviar made from very pure aluminium, resulting in a very shiny surface. The customer’s logo is engraved in relief on the lid and the side is personalized with laser-decorated sturgeons motif.
Another launch is Valmont’s Luminosity line of skin care products with customized aluminium caps with an embossed logo. The surface is lacquered in pink through the holographic technique, which creates changing reflections depending on the light.
Also noteworthy is the decoration by sublimation of the perfume bottles of the Italian brand Carthusia, 50 ml and 100 ml and roll on, for the product Linea A’mmare.
At the Paris Packaging Week, Inca showcased a high-end eco-designed, refillable, 100% recyclable aluminium travel spray, decorated with a honeycomb pattern.
Lowering the environmental footprint
Inca’s teams have also initiated a series of concrete actions in order to improve the production processes so that the impact on the environment is reduced as much as possible: new purification station, replacement of mineral oil by biological oil, optimization of energy consumption.
In addition, Inca is working on product design with the use of recycled aluminium (RE-AL), recycled plastics, the development of mono-material packaging and refillable packaging (lipstick with refill and travel spray cover).