Constantia Flexibles Adding 15,000 Square Feet and New Employees in South Carolina

Constantia Flexibles will invest $12 million to expand its main U.S. manufacturing facility in Blythewood, SC. Currently performing laminating, coating, rotogravure printing and slitting, the factory produces foil-based structures for blister packages, child-resistant packaging, and lidding for portion controlled containers. 

The facility has already been expanded twice, once in 2001 and again 2005. This year's expansion will add 15,000 square feet of factory floor space to accommodate new packaging equipment and more than a dozen new employees, the company reported in a press release.

“Like previous expansions, the current project reflects Constantia Flexibles’ solid growth in sales, and its leadership as a packaging innovator,” said Steve Godwin, Chief Operating Officer, USA for Constantia Flexibles, in the release. “More room means additional equipment and new employees to build further upon our successes. We’re excited as well as proud, and we look forward to the expansion’s completion this coming fall.”

In 2012, Constantia launched the paper-free easy-PIESY, an aluminum/PET/aluminum lamination that requires less heat during the sealing process than traditional paper-back foil structures, the company reports. Requiring no changes to existing heat-seal lacquer or tooling, the blister lidding also accommodates reduced sealing temperatures, leading to higher productivity and less stress on machines. 

The company also released Dispense Lid to control dosing of tablets, capsules, or liquids from plastic bottles. The Dispense Lid features a liner with a small opening that induction seals to high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene bottles. 

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