Global packaging manufacturer RETAL will invest a further €4 million in its Lithuanian operations, this time for a new 4000 square metre warehouse and administration building for a state of the art laboratory in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone (FEZ).
To meet the growing product demand from its customers throughout Europe and beyond, RETAL (Baltic) recently signed the contract with Klaipeda FEZ to expand its existing premises. RETAL Baltic is already located in the Zone, manufacturing APET film that is used for food and other products, as well as HDPE bottle closures (caps), used for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.
RETAL Baltic, a part of Retal Industries Ltd, has been growing by 20% year on year over the last five years, with 2018 set to post a record turnover of €44 million.
In 2017 RETAL Baltic produced and sold 12,000 tons of APET film and 2.5 billion caps to customers throughout the EU as well as in Africa.
With nearly 400 people working in Klaipeda at RETAL Baltic and the NEO Group, and over 200 people in Lentvaris and Vilnius, about 600 people work for RETAL companies in Lithuania.
The headquarters of Retal Industries is located in Limassol, Cyprus.
Employing more than 2,800 people in 23 production sites in 12 countries, RETAL delivers high-quality products certified by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 to customers in 60 countries.
Anatoly Martynov, the owner of Retal Industries, speaks from over 25 years' experience in the industry. Martynov explains: "For over 10 years, we have continuously invested funds, know-how and experience in developing our dynamic enterprises in Lithuania. Lithuania is a strategically important region for RETAL in Europe. We plan to continue to grow our business and invest for the future to ensure stable market positions, partnership relations with customers and attract the cooperation with leading industry experts.”
Viktorija Jureviciute, General Manager of RETAL Baltic, says, "Klaipeda FEZ is an excellent location for RETAL for a number of reasons: the stability of Lithuania makes it favorable for investment; the Free Economic Zone aids business development; we have good relations with local governmental authorities; and we achieve superior results through the quality of our people.
RETAL is proud to present our proven portfolio of films at this year’s FachPack, from 25-27 September at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany.
Viktorija Jureviciute, RETAL Baltic General Manager, “RETAL is one of the strongest producers of metallized APET films in the European market and we are actively growing our already solid portfolio of PET and PET/PE films. We will be presenting a number of designs and samples at our stand and welcome the chance to meet customers.
FachPack is considered the packaging producers’ trade exhibition, with 2018 the first year that RETAL has its own stand, having attended for over ten years. Offering ‘an outstanding spectrum of products for packaging, packing machines and packaging processes...’, FachPack is well-suited to RETAL and its customers.
Jureviciute adds, “As a dedicated European packaging show, FachPack is the ideal place for us to present our packaging film solutions to a targeted audience. RETAL is already well known in the film market - we have been producing PET film for over ten years.”
With German-speaking countries represented, as well as visitors from neighbouring countries including France, Belgium and the Netherlands, RETAL's multilingual sales team will be on hand to discuss the company’s range of reliable PET and PET/PE films at this event.
RETAL will be delighted to welcome visitors to Stand 138, Hall 9, with free tickets available for our customers who register at www.fachpack.de/voucher using the code B394260.
At NPE2018: The Plastics Show, RETAL launches hotfill packaging solution that brings producers huge cost savings.
Offering substantial ecological advantages, RETAL's hotfill solution delivers reduced weight and allows for lower shipping costs with designs that meet the requirements of top global brands and look fantastic.
Vlad Gaskarov, RETAL R&D Specialist, says, “We have created a hotfill packaging solution that makes the current design obsolete. It’s a true disruptor in the sector and we’re excited to launch it at this year’s NPE. Not only is it substantially lighter than the current packaging on the market, but it also allows producers to blow the bottles in their own facilities. Brands no longer need to buy empty plastic bottles and have them shipped hundreds of miles. With the new RETAL hotfill packaging solution, there’s no more shipping air - they blow their own bottles. That’s good for brands and good for the environment.”
For the North American market RETAL has developed a single-serve design that shaves between 10 to15% off the current weight, with the maximum weight saving when combined with a RETAL neck - a true complete packaging solution. A full range of bottle sizes is planned - with all these valuable innovations IP free. Gaskarov adds, “We have optimized the panel design thanks to better material distribution and the use of an even wall thickness throughout the bottle. This fulfils the requirements of some of the world’s leading beverage brands, which are amongst the strictest in the market.”
RETAL’s major investment in state-of-the-art equipment at its facility near Pittsburg has enabled this leading packaging manufacturer to deliver preforms to make the ‘glass-like look’ of PET using recycled PET - commonly known as rPET.
It is with pride that RETAL can confirm that its rPET preforms have been chosen by Nestle North America for its Pure Life Purified Water 700ml bottles.
Admir Dobraca, General Manager RETAL PA, said: “Every aspect of RETAL’s rPET converting is under strict control - that is how we can be sure that our preforms offer that glass-like look of PET but with the environmental advantages of using 100% recycled PET. We process using superior injection and drying equipment, making RETAL rPET preforms perfect for mineral water applications like Nestle Pure Life.”
Nestle Waters North America said in a statement, “We work with a number of strategic suppliers, including producers of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET. We are expanding our roster of suppliers to purchase even more recycled plastic, which we plan to use in our other bottled water brands across the country.”
The confirmation that Nestle Pure Life Purified Water 700ml bottles are made from RETAL rPET preforms is a great illustration of RETAL’s ongoing dedication to developing and delivering sustainable packaging solutions and highlights the flexibility in its production processes as an added value to customers.
Over 100 customers attended the packaging innovations conference PET Vision in Moscow, co-hosted by RETAL on 19th April.
Together with packaging design and engineering partner PET Engineering, RETAL hosted this forward focused event. A wide range of issues that impact on our industry were discussed, with PET Vision providing a valuable forum for key industry players to meet and collaborate. Topics included:
RETAL also presented its latest advanced technical capabilities, while PET Engineering revealed new packaging design concepts at the event.
Milos Kuzman, RETAL’s VP Sales and Service, said: “PET Vision was a valuable way for us to share our innovative, industry-leading complete packaging solutions. We took the opportunity to exchange ideas, particularly regarding lightweighting, smarter use of resources and specific ways in which we can help our customers differentiate through packaging. The event was a good illustration of the ongoing collaboration with our close partners and will ensure the most effective packaging solutions for the success of our customers.”
PET Engineering launched the first Pet Vision conference in 2010 and this year invited RETAL to co-host the event, due to their long-term partnership.
RETAL demonstrates and boosts its strong commitment to sustainability with the appointment of its first Sustainability Director.
Experienced sustainability and CSR specialist Emmanuel Duffaut joined RETAL on 1st March 2018 and he is already making a positive impact. With a strong background gained across R&D, production and sustainability positions in the food industry, Emmanuel also brings with him an understanding of the needs of RETAL’s customers - the food and beverage companies that use PET.
Duffaut says, “RETAL is a responsible business with a priority objective to improve its sustainability performance across its entire value chain, and I am very excited to be leading this project.
Aligning our effort with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, our main objective will be to reduce our products’ environmental footprint, with special focus on climate change mitigation, and to ensure the highest level of compliance on the social and working conditions aspect, both in our factories and in our suppliers’ facilities.
To that end, after a complete due diligence, we will define realistic but ambitious goals and report publicly on our progress.”
As a major player in the PET value chain, RETAL is looking forward to taking on the challenge and the responsibility of creating a Plastic Circular Economy. The company will continue to reduce plastic pollution and foster the reuse and recycling of plastic material.
RETAL pays special attention to the local communities where it operates and, in addition to the economy generated around the company's activity, it seeks to help and participate to their sustainable development.
RETAL's largest closures production facility has been rewarded for its focus on consistent quality, continuous innovation and ongoing investment with an industry-recognised quality assurance certification from one of the world's most famous beverage brands.
This Certification Program is widely acknowledged as an industry standard for packaging manufacturers, rewarding reliable and quantifiable quality through approved high-level testing and evaluation of trusted global suppliers.
RETAL's state-of-the-art facility in Lithuania serves Europe with a wide range of closures and films. This quality certification has been specifically awarded to the plant’s R&D laboratory for the manufacture of plastic closures.
On the 8th December 2017 the leading global drinks brand awarded RETAL the certificate, which is valid for five years. It represents the ongoing RETAL focus on delivering multi-national quality control for its customers by providing them complete packaging solutions and proven service. As one of very few European packaging manufacturers to be given this certification, RETAL is proud to work to the strict standards this demands.
Dr. Naglis Svickus, Quality Manager for RETAL Baltic, says, “This certification is a great representation of RETAL's commitment to quality and rigorous testing, as well as recognition of our investment in the latest equipment.”
The investment saw RETAL purchase advanced testing equipment, including the highly-respected precise geometry measurement O-Inspect device from Zeiss. Svickus adds, "We are able to skillfully perform measurement testing both by the contact method and optically. RETAL closures deliver verifiable and reliable results and this certification is our guarantee.
RETAL is pleased to announce its participation at NPE2018: The Plastics Show on May 7-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. RETAL welcomes visitors to stand S14059 in the Bottle Zone to share its latest packaging solutions across an extensive portfolio of preforms, closures, containers and films. RETAL is keen to understand the needs and challenges of customers and can even prepare a customized offer for your business at the show.
RETAL Lithuania will install solar panels on the roof of its factory buildings following its successful grant from European Union Structural Funds, with the construction completing in 2018.
The panels will be installed on RETAL's administration, warehouse and production buildings in Lentvaris, LT, covering an area of 15,000 m2 – making this the largest solar roof project in Lithuania to date. The panels are expected to meet the yearly electricity demand of the administration and warehouse buildings by generating over 1,200 MWh per year.
Giedrius Viederis, General Manager of RETAL Lithuania, comments, “This technology fits perfectly with our responsible approach to the environment, and we expect our customers will appreciate that the zero CO2 energy from the solar panels will contribute to producing their products.”
RETAL Lithuania is implementing the project ‘Solar power plant by RETAL Lithuania’ (project identification code No. 04.2.1-LVPA-K-836-01-0028) under the Operational Program for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 priority axis 4 ‘PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTION AND USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY’ measure No. 04.2.1-LVPA-K-836 "Renewable Energy Sources for industry LT+”
The annual, ninth competition among suppliers, held by COCA-COLA HBC RUSSIA in Moscow museum park Ethnomir on April 18, has become most ambitious since the establishment of the award. The main objective of the competition was to encourage and support best COCA-COLA partners. The winner of 2016 has been chosen among more than 5000 companies. In addition to the traditional selection criteria – the highest quality of delivered products and services – the principles of sustainable development of partners in business, as well as the efficiency and innovative component in their work have been adopted. As a result of such an acute and complex evaluation, RETAL company has acquired the grand prix for “Best Supplier-2016”.
The main prize from the No.1 worldwide brand in the market of carbonated beverages has become a fair result of a long-term cooperation between RETAL and COCA-COLA.
The first steps to achieving the Grand Prix in 2016 have been already made three years ago, when RETAL has launched its strategical task for reducing the weight of primary packaging. Owing to such work during 2013-2016 and a subsequent weight and preform thickness reduction, more than 4600 tons of PET-granulate has been saved, and the share of secondary raw materials in packaging increased almost 6-fold. This has made the business of both companies more advanced, environmentally friendly and responsible.