Food & Beverage Asia Aug/Sep 2018

38 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018 ON THE TABLE S ince its beginnings in 1939, UNITED CAPS has grown to become the global industry reference for the design and production of highly- performant plastic caps and closures today. The Luxembourg-headquartered packaging solutions manufacturer supplies to both food and non-food sectors, across segments including beverage, dairy products, edible oils, condiments, baby foods as well as agro chemicals, automotive and standard chemicals. Currently supported by eight production sites across Europe, UNITED CAPS is ready to further strengthen its position in Asia Paci̬c with the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Malaysia later this year. To ̬nd out more, Food and Beverage Asia caught up with Mr. Sebastien Hottlet, Business Director APAC, UNITED CAPS at this year’s recently concluded ProPak Asia. First Plant in Asia According to Mr. Hottlet, the new facility in Malaysia is in the ̬nal phases of construction and will be ready to begin production by the end of the year. “To tap on the huge growth potential we see in Asia, we decided to make signi̬cant investments in production capacities for the region. Through our Malaysian plant, we will be primarily producing closures for infant nutrition and agrochemicals – the two segments which are highly demanded for in the region. However, we also plan to add beverage and edible oil ranges to our portfolio soon,” revealed Mr. Hottlet. This milestone will enable UNITED CAPS to tap on numerous opportunities in the region. “The new plant will not only allow us to be close to our customers here but also give us a leverage to explore the huge market potential in neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. The competition is strong but we really stand out from the crowd in our product quality, processes and developments.” Quality and Innovation Take Priority In the caps and closures industry, factors such as the middle class boom in Asia as well as increasing automation in ̬lling lines are contributing to a growing demand for solutions that are inventive and of high quality. Mr. Hottlet explained, “With the purchasing power of the Asian consumers going up, more and more brand owners want to be in the premium segment. For packaging companies like us, the challenge is o ̫ ering innovative packaging at an a ̫ ordable price that looks di ̫ erent and brings added value to the end consumer with features that can improve product security or its overall aesthetic look.” NEXT STOP, ASIA: UNITED CAPS Set to Expand Footprint International designer and producer of closures and caps, UNITED CAPS is ready to build up its presence in Asia with its first manufacturing plant in Malaysia nearing completion. Mr. Sebastien Hottlet, Business Director APAC, UNITED CAPS shares more about the company and what it brings to the table that sets it apart from the rest of its competitors. Written by Amanda Soo UNITED CAPS at ProPak Asia 2018