With three manufacturing plants onsite, this world-class packaging operation continuously invests in modern plant equipment and, since embarking on a joint venture with Weener Plastics in 2009, is recognised as Africa’s largest supplier of roll-on balls.
‘Our roll-on ball production centre is completely automated, with top-class Engel injection moulding machinery providing efficient manufacturing, and a clean and safe operation that’s geared for high volumes,’ states factory manager, John Painter. ‘Overhead conveyors transport each ball to a specific station along the finishing route, where precision tools ensure a highly polished and wholly symmetrical end product. We also produce the ball housing for a complete deodorant pack, which offers benefits for brand owners in terms of product compliance, convenience and cost,’ he comments.
In addition to roll-on ball production, Plastop operates top-line European injection moulding technology for the manufacture of deodorant bottles, eye droppers, jars, closures and closure linings.
‘We have some 350 highly experienced employees who can be relied upon to uphold the superior standards for which we’re recognised,’ continues John. ‘With customers such as Unilever we’re contracted to produce top-class product every time. Therefore, our work procedures are meticulously planned and checked using our Syspro and world-class manufacturing processes. This has contributed enormously to our growth and success.’
The finer details
Labelling, shrinksleeving and silkscreen printing are among the options offered in Plastop’s decoration department, with printing carried out on top-of-the range Omso printers. Housing assembly is also carried out in this plant.
‘Our ability to offer all labelling and decoration options plus final product assembly means that brand owners can rely on us for a total package,’ explains John. ‘We’re fortunate to work with some of the top companies in the local and international FMCG market such as Amka, Indigo Cosmetics, Tiger Brands, Sara Lee, Unilever, L’Oréal and Revlon. We can provide original modern designs in more than 600 colour options,’ he asserts. ‘By embracing leading technology and world-class practices we can assure our customers that they’re in partnership with the lowest-cost producer in this field, which adds value for them.’
Besides standard bottle, closure and jar containers, Plastop is also driving product excellence and creating a variety of exclusive designs that enhance iconic South African and international brand names.
As with any world-class manufacturing operation, Plastop boasts an impressive QA department, where a specialist team carries out standard checks as well as specific investigations and product developments. Two dedicated multi-million-rand clean-rooms for pharmaceutical products prevent cross-contamination.
Plastop’s development team is currently working on several new lighter weight recyclable designs, in step with the global focus on environmentally-friendly packaging.
‘We aim to exceed the ever-increasing expectations of our blue-chip customers with original designs that blend aesthetics with functionality, while keeping an eye on cost factors,’ remarks John. ‘Remaining competitive and true to our corporate values is what it’s all about,’ he concludes.
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