MOSCOW (MRC) -- ALPLA Group opened a state-of-the-art production site in Lanseria near Johannesburg, said the company.
In the new headquarters for Sub-Saharan Africa, the internationally active plastic packaging specialist is merging five previous locations in South Africa under one roof. All ALPLA technologies, processes and materials are combined in the Lanseria plant and the first apprenticeship programme of ALPLA in Africa will start at the beginning of 2023.
35,000 square metres of covered production, administration and storage space, another 12,500 for future expansion, and 30,000 square metres of roof area equipped with solar panels: with the new plant in Lanseria, ALPLA is setting the course for further growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. After around two years of construction and relocation, the international packaging company celebrated the opening of the ultra-modern location on 12 October in the presence of the South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy, the Premier of the Gauteng province Panyaza Lesufi, Austrian Ambassador-Designate to South Africa Romana Konigsbrun and many other high-ranking guests.
‘All of Sub-Saharan Africa is on the upswing, the markets have enormous potential. Our investment in South Africa is a clear commitment to the continent. In this way, we are increasing our competitiveness and guaranteeing the long-term regional supply of safe, affordable and sustainable packaging solutions,’ explains ALPLA CEO Philipp Lehner. ‘Here in Lanseria we concentrate our expertise, optimise production processes, use state-of-the-art equipment and create energy-efficient operations,’ adds Mike Resnicek, Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa at ALPLA. The plant has one of the largest solar installations on a privately owned manufacturing building in South Africa.
As per MRC, ALPLA Group (Hard, Austria) is boosting the presence of its pharma division in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with the acquisition of the Polish company APON. APON produces plastic packaging for the pharma industry at its site in Zyrardow near Warsaw. The acquisition continues the growth and expansion course of the ALPLApharma business division established in 2019.