Alcan Opens New U.S. Facility
by Erik Swain, Senior Editor
|Alcan Packaging, Margo, has opened its new facility in Bethlehem, PA. The plant's capabilities include carton manufacturing and contract packaging services.|
After years of preparation, Alcan Packaging's Margo division has opened its new facility for contract packaging and specialty cartons in Bethlehem, PA.
The 142,000-sq-ft facility, which can be expanded to as much as 225,000 sq ft, recently received an audit from FDA that did not produce a single Form 483 observation.
At press time, carton manufacturing and bottle filling at the new plant had already begun, with blister lines scheduled to begin production in January 2003, according to Rick Sury, Margo's vice president for strategic partnerships and partnership services.
The plant's contract packaging capabilities include anticounterfeiting, child-resistant/senior-friendly packaging, compliance packaging, controlled-substance packaging, electronic article surveillance labeling, in-line printing and bar code scanning, liquid unit-dose packaging, sample and promotional packaging, and product launches.
Carton capabilities include structural and graphic design, prepress services, blister cards, lithographic and screen printing, aqueous and ultraviolet coating, hot stamping, embossing and debossing, and die-cutting.
Before the new plant opened, Margo's only North American facility was in Quebec, Canada. The company decided to open a plant in the United States because, among other reasons, about 75% of its business comes from the United States, Sury said.
Much customer input went into the design of the plant's facilities and procedures. In winter 2001, the company held a seminar for customers to discuss what they were looking for in a contract packaging facility. Before the plant opened several customers had a chance to inspect it.