The ALPLA Group is expanding its product portfolio with innovative systems for pumps made of plastic for soap, lotion or shampoo dispensers. For this purpose, the packaging and recycling company is entering into a joint venture with South Korea’s HANA Innovation, which has developed a patented pump made of a mono-material with maximum recyclability. Together, the two partners want to promote the sustainable system worldwide and push further developments.
ALPLA is opening up new markets with pumps and started producing standard pumps for soap and shampoo dispensers in Hyderabad, India, in 2020. By signing a joint venture with HANA Innovation, ALPLA now plans to continue its growth course in the strategically important injection molding (IM) sector. With its solutions for the cosmetics industry, HANA Innovation is a recognized supplier of pumps and lotion dispensers. Founded in 1993, the company has developed fully recyclable solutions made of plastic mono-material.
“The potential for high-quality, recyclable pumps is enormous. As a system provider, we can offer matching bottles at the same time. With this new partnership, we are combining our strengths as a globally operating company with the technological edge of HANA Innovation,” says Michael Feltes, Global Business Development director IM at ALPLA. Sung Il Kang, chairman of HANA Innovation, emphasizes the operational advantages of the joint venture, “The cooperation opens up opportunities for further global commercialization of our products and accelerates the development of sustainable, future-proof solutions.”
Recycling and customization
The ECO pump system developed by HANA Innovation is made of 100% polypropylene (PP), which makes it fully recyclable, and can also be manufactured from post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. In addition to its ecological advantages, the pump convinces with its convenient handling. A smooth spring execution guarantees linear and even force over the entire pump stroke. In the future, the pumps – like all ALPLA products – can be customized.
With the new cooperation, the two companies want to push the worldwide distribution of sustainable pumps with the revolutionary patented plastic spring technology and in addition offer complete systems including the bottle. ALPLA has worldwide production capabilities in injection molding, complemented by many years of recycling expertise and an international network.
The formation of the joint venture is subject to legal and regulatory approval by the relevant competition authorities. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the partnership.
ALPLA is one of the world’s leading companies in the manufacture and reuse of plastic packaging. Around 23,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and molded parts at 190 sites in 46 countries. The packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.
ALPLA operates recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Romania and Thailand.