Less than 2 years after having opened a new production facility in Romania and a JV in the USA in 2011, Gualapack proceeds with its international deployment and opens, in September 2013, a new production site in San Jose, Costa. The choice for Costa Rica comes from the country unique geographical situation with an immediate access to the 2 oceans circling the South American continent.
Gualapack Costa Rica will produce the complete Cheerpack DP range, a spouted stand up pouch, particularly adapted and appreciated for the fruit puree, baby food (together with the Gualapack patented anti-choking BabyCap), dairy snacks, beverages or sauces and condiments. The facility, with a covered surface of around 6,500 sqm out of a total surface of 7,000 sqm, is already operative with nearly 30 employees. Gualapack Costa Rica productions are aimed to the complete Central-South American continent (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Honduras, ...) and shall, within 2017, employee more than 160 persons. Gualapack Costa Rica is part of the GualapackGroup.
THE NEW GUALAPACK PLANT IN ROMANIA HAVE BEEN VALIDATED BY CUSTOMERS
In January 2012, after 10 months of operation, the tough validation process of the new Nadab Gualapack manufacturing plant - led teams of auditors from our main customers, with the aim of verifying the new operation's ability to guarantee proper levels of quality and reliability in the supply of Cheerpack packaging - has been successfully completed.
Validation by important multinational companies, just one year after having planned to build a new plant, represents for Gualapack an important achievement and is a milestone on the path to increasing Gualapack's production capacity. The Nadab plant was in fact built using the same standards of the modern Gualapack plant in Alessandria, and is, in all respects, a clone. It is strategically located between Western and Eastern Europe, and 3 precise, strategic targets are behind the creation of the new production unit.
The first target meets the ever growing need for Gualapack to increase production in order to keep up with the rapid growth of the company and the demand for Cheerpack pouches. Even though the Headquarter and the original production plant remain in Alessandria, the company has chosen to increase its capacity as well, by setting up a new plant which reflects the organizational model and high quality standards of Gualapack.
The second target is to increase further the level of service to customers. Thanks to the new plant Gualapack can now guarantee greater reactivity in delivering customers and has a contingency plan in case of force majeure events.
Lastly, the Nadab plant gives the company the opportunity to confirm the commitment in internationalizing the GualapackGroup, currently on the market with production sites in Europe, the USA and the Far East. This widespread, International coverage allows the group to play a major role in the flexible packaging market.