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[post_date] => 2018-02-19 12:21:31
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[post_content] => Schütz has signed an agreement to acquire its Mexican licensee, Envases y Laminados (ELSA). Founded in 1960, ELSA, Schütz says, is the country's "leading supplier of rigid industrial packaging", producing a wide range of designs, including steel, plastics and fibre drums and assorted smaller plastics systems across six different manufacturing plants.
Moreover, since 1997 it has operated as a Schütz licensee, producing Schütz-designed composite intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and plastics drums. ELSA was also the first Mexican producer of industrial packagings to achieve ISO 9001:1994 certification and in 2012 received FSSC 22000 certification for the production of plastics drums and IBCs.
"We are excited about this unique opportunity to be present in Mexico with a fully owned subsidiary," says Schütz CEO Roland Strassburger. "ELSA is well established and Mexico offers interesting growth perspectives for our industry as our customers perceive Mexico to be an integral part of the NAFTA region. In addition, we feel very much honoured being entrusted by Carlos Mata with leading his company, which he has built up to be the market leader in Mexico over the last decades, into the future."
Commenting on the news, Mata, ELSA's sole manager and owner and who now intends to retire, states: "I am extremely pleased to pass my company on to Schütz, a family-owned business like ELSA, which stands for high-quality products and services worldwide, a long-term business approach and solid financials enabling a strong further development of ELSA in the years to come."
NEW AND IMPROVED
Headquartered in Selters, near Frankfurt, Schütz operates a global production network spanning all six inhabited continents, most recently opening a new IBC production and reconditioning plant in the Polish town of Zory. Located close to the Czech and Slovakian borders, the 23,000-m² facility is well served by "excellent infrastructure" linking it not only to the rest of Poland, but also to Austria, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. "The factory, which was specifically built as a gateway to central Europe, enables even faster collections and more flexible services thanks to shorter distances," the company reveals.
Over in Spain, meanwhile, Schütz has executed "one of the largest investments in the company's history" at its drum and IBC plant in Tarragona. "The investments include the complete conversion and expansion of internal infrastructure, a wide range of new equipment, extensive modernisation of machines and facilities and the complete reorganisation of production and logistics processes to optimise efficiency," Schütz reports.
"The centrepiece of the current large-scale renewal and expansion programme is IBC production and all associated process areas. The entire hall complex for container production was completely redesigned and modernised," it continues, adding that "the entire existing assembly line" has now been replaced with a cutting-edge new system. "This," it says, "has significantly increased the degree of automation in assembly, leading to increased process reliability and productivity as well as improving workplace ergonomics for our employees."
Furthermore, Schütz has also now installed "a state-of-the-art, six-layer blow-moulding system" for the production of Ex containers, EVOH containers and IBC inner bottles with sight strips. "Building a completely new, fully-automatic conveyor, storage and logistics system, including intermediate storage for inner bottles, on an area of more than 1,000 m² also further increases the performance and flexibility of our production operations," it states.
[post_title] => Schütz: Growth perspectives
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