HCP packaging to expand production facilities

By Katie Nichol

- Last updated on GMT

Global cosmetics packaging supplier, HCP Packaging, is expanding its North American production capacity by opening a new factory in Mexico.

The factory will be the company’s fifth manufacturing facility, firmly establishing HCP’s strong production capabilities. In 2006, HCP’s overall manufacturing capacity was doubled with the opening of a factory close to Shanghai.

The new production facility in Reynosa, Mexico, is intended to support the activities of the US plant in New Hampshire, which has recently witnessed a considerable manufacturing growth that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Tapping into the mascara boom

This manufacturing growth at the US factory, which focuses on the production of mascara components, is due to the boom in mascara technology over the last 12 months, say the company.

Steve Levine, President of HCP USA said in a statement: “We are extremely excited to announce this expansion to our North American manufacturing activities. The Reynosa factory will provide an excellent platform in support of our sales growth initiatives in this region.”

Referring to its decision to set up production facilities in Mexico, HCP said that as a result of rising transit costs and supply chain considerations, suppliers are increasingly drawn towards developing and expanding factories on a localised basis in close proximity to customers’ filling operations.

New facility on Mexico-US border

The factory will occupy a 60,000 square foot facility in the Villa Florida Industrial park in Reynosa, approximately 15 minutes from the US border. Manufacturing capabilities will include injection moulding, UV lacquering and vacuum metallising.

HCP Reynosa, which is expected to by fully operational during the first quarter of 2010, will employ approximately 130 people, says the company.

Plans to transfer a portion of activities from HCP factories in Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Shanghai, PRC, have also been outlined.

The HCP Packaging group, which recently launched the ‘one-handed’ mascara pen, offers a wide range of colour cosmetics packaging solutions in including compacts, mascaras, and click pens.

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