LINDAL Group has announced the opening of its new €14 million facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The international aerosol dispensing company originally broke ground on the 30,000 square-metre site in 2020 and has taken 370 days to complete the facility on time in full.
The state-of-the-art facility includes new equipment to increase capacity and represents LINDAL’s largest investment to date. The sustainably built facility with advanced manufacturing equipment will initially house 130 employees, with the capacity to accommodate up to 250 in the future.
Marcio Vacilotto, LINDAL Brazil’s operations director, who managed the construction, said: “Constructing a building of this magnitude through the pandemic required meticulous planning and positive teamwork from everyone involved. We are thrilled to be fully operational and servicing our customers within the timeframe we committed to.”
Strategically located 10 kilometres away from one of the most connected, high capacity highways in Brazil, and in proximity to one of the country’s major shipping ports, the plant has been designed to be adaptable and facilitate leaner manufacturing processes.
This concept includes the construction of a semi-permanent wall made from thermo panels, which can be moved to extend the plant in the future. Additionally, the entire floor within the plant has been built using 10T floor resistant concrete, capable of accommodating a range of heavy machinery, making way for further flexibility and expansion.
“The idea behind the layout is to reduce internal material movements, length of transportation, and to increase the efficiency of processes such as palletising, box erection, and wrapping,” added Vacilotto.
“This design allows for different technologies, such as conveyors or tuggers, to be more freely incorporated as our customers’ requirements evolve.”
The building is the first industrial building in the whole of Brazil to receive EDGE certification from Green Business Certification. No waste generated at the plant is sent to landfill and a series of energy and water-saving measures have been implemented.
Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, there has not yet been a formal opening ceremony. Instead, several key customers have viewed the plant virtually.
“This facility has set a precedent in terms of meeting customer demands, improving our sustainability credentials and operating in a prosperous and dynamic Brazilian aerosol market,” said LINDAL’s CEO, Francois-Xavier Gilbert.