- In the presence of the South African Environment Minister, Ms Barbera Creecy, the ALPLA Group opened a state-of-the-art production site in Lanseria near Johannesburg.
- 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.
Combined competencies and technologies
The new location in the industrial area north of Johannesburg combines and builds on the five previous plants in Harrismith, Denver, Isando, Kempton Park and Samrand. The departments, employees and machines were relocated step by step. Around 350 employees will start working in Lanseria and their number is subject to further growth. The new plant will produce bottles, closures and special packaging for the food, personal and home care, chemical, cleaning agent and pharmaceutical industries – a total of around 3.5 billion pieces per year.
ALPLA uses six different technologies, including injection and compression moulding, injection stretch blow moulding and extrusion blow moulding. In addition to international corporations, ALPLA also supplies smaller local companies with plastic packaging solutions. ‘The new plant with its modern equipment meets all international quality standards, is operated efficiently and increases flexibility. Our customers in the region will benefit from this service in the long term,’ says Javier Delgado, ALPLA Regional Managing Director Africa, Middle East and Turkey.
Success story apprenticeship
With the new plant in Lanseria, ALPLA is also promoting its own training of specialists and has established a dual education and apprenticeship programme. This dual system of practical and theoretical training based on the Austrian model is already in operation at the ALPLA locations in Germany, Mexico, India, Poland and China. From 2023, the first 12 South African apprentices are to begin their training in the plastics technology and machining technology trades in the ‘Future Corner’ training centre in Lanseria.
Independent personnel development is an important building block for the future of the company, as Resnicek emphasises: ‘Global know-how, ability to run on state-of-the-art equipment, innovative spirit, team spirit and problem-solving skills characterise our “Family of Pioneers”. We introduce young people, mainly from the Lanseria community, to the world of ALPLA and offer them the opportunity for professional and personal development. We look forward to the African and South African premiere of this successful model.’
Author: Bryan Groenendaal