The Barcelona-headquartered manufacturer of cosmetics packaging is investing about EUR 4 million in its manufacturing capability in Europe, with a focus on increasing capacity, speed to market and sustainability. Quadpack’s factories in Germany and Spain will focus on airless and sustainable packaging innovation within the company’s QLine portfolio of packaging solutions, which can be stocked, assembled and decorated anywhere in the world.
Quadpack Wood in Spain now boasts a biomass plant that is leading the factory to carbon neutrality - an investment amounting to EUR 2.5 million. Using wood scrap to provide air conditioning and heating, the new plant brings clean energy, cuts waste and reduces dust in the air, for greater health and safety. Thanks to this investment, the factory has already achieved a reduction of approximately 400 tons of annual CO2 emissions.
In addition, EUR 360,000 is being invested throughout 2021 on Industry 4.0, the start of a multi-year project that will include more factories and system implementation. The factory currently has 63 machines connected by Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will provide real-time data, giving process visibility and efficiency control of equipment.
A EUR 2 million investment is earmarked this year for high-speed production and decoration at Louvrette, Quadpack’s German-based manufacturing plant. Louvrette is the hub of Quadpack’s airless manufacturing and is set to become a decoration nerve centre. New decoration and injection-moulding equipment will allow the factory to deliver finished products with a shorter lead time. In March, Louvrette inaugurated an airless assembly line with a capacity of 11 million units a year. The factory is also investing in new airless moulds, aiming to increase its airless capacity to 20 million packs a year.
“Our investment in smart manufacturing will help our operations become more agile and more sustainable. We aim to ensure our processes have a positive impact on the environment, while delivering value to our customers, in a process of continual improvement,” said Quadpack COO Fabrice Revert.