Cosmetics packaging and accessories manufacturer Geka has opened its newly expanded headquarters in Bechhofen, Germany.
The facility has almost doubled in size to 22,000m2 (236,806ft2). The site features new technologies aimed at strengthening Geka’s manufacturing and decorating capabilities.
The headquarters’ new silk screen printing technology and upgraded hot foil printing capability will help the manufacturer increase the number of cylindrical and conical packaging items decorated each year. Additionally, the company has invested in and upgraded its metallization and lacquering process, which will increase the output and product quality level, claims Geka.
Sustainability is also a key focus for the expanded facility. For example, injection blow molding activities will be improved by ensuring that resins will feature ideal material properties, while also reducing energy consumption.
Additionally, Geka will introduce fully automated processes to support assembly, packaging, quality control and intralogistics. Interconnected robots, conveyor belts, machine vision systems and automatic guided vehicles will help streamline and speed up key processes. Geka claims the move will increase products’ quality and speed up time to market.
The new headquarters also has two floors of additional office space.
Going for gold
In other news, Geka announced that its branch in Elgin, Illinois has been awarded a Gold EcoVadis Medal. This places Geka in the top 5% of companies assessed by EcoVadis.
EcoVadis provides businesses with sustainability ratings and has assessed 75,000 companies worldwide. The organization evaluated Geka’s site across four areas: Environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.
Geka claims that many of its brushes, applicators and packaging systems are made with recycled and bio-based materials. Its sustainable product features include caps in post-consumer plastics such as 100% PCR-polypropylene (PP), bottles molded in 100% PCR-polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and mascara wands made from 100% renewable raw materials derived from the castor oil plant.