The use of flexible packaging is expected to see continued growth in Latin America over the next several years as consumers in the region become increasingly receptive to the many advantages of flexible packaging formats. To better serve this growing trend, Zip-Pak, the global leader in resealable solutions and equipment, recently expanded its products and support services to Latin America with the establishment of a new 46,000 sq. ft. (3,502 m2) production facility in Cabreúva, São Paulo, Brazil.
UNMATCHED RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
The plant, which opened in February, provides food-grade zippers and zipper applicator systems for a broad range of consumer products marketed in flexible packaging. This local presence greatly enhances Zip-Pak’s ability to service the needs of this growing and dynamic global market. The resealable resources now available to the Latin American packaging industry are truly unmatched.
These resources include Zip-Pak Brazil’s unique mobile field services team, led by Flávio Zampirolli, Field Service Engineer, who joined the company last year. Zip-Pak’s field services team members are highly experienced equipment and packaging experts. They readily travel to packaging facilities throughout Latin America, assisting with zipper specification, applicator equipment selection and integration, and even training. This hands-on support helps customers take the idea of a resealable closure from concept to commercial reality in an efficient and effective way. As the only zipper supplier with an in-house equipment division, Zip-Pak’s engineering team can readily develop custom retrofit packaging systems, simplifying the transition to consumer-preferred resealable packaging without significant capital investment.
UNIQUELY FLEXIBLE SERVICES – FROM PROTOTYPING TO TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Another distinct advantage that Zip-Pak brings to Latin America is the ability to create prototype packaging for testing and evaluation. Zip-Pak Brazil’s development lab can produce mock-ups for potential customers by applying a specified zipper closure to that customer’s actual film, to fully demonstrate the appearance and functionality of the final package. They can actually see what a finished package will look like and how it will function to help customers fully understand and appreciate the added value that a resealable closure will bring to their brand.
PROVEN EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
Zip-Pak already supports and supplies resealable products, technology and equipment to a number of leading multinational consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies that market to Brazil, Brazilian-based CPGs, and numerous other leading Brazilian brands. The new facility and mobile technical services team enables Zip-Pak to provide even better support to existing Latin American customers to ensure smooth ongoing operations.
Zip-Pak’s Brazil facility offers a large selection of resealable solutions, including string zippers, double track zippers, and flange zippers. All closures are ideal for form-fill-seal applications and are well suited for a variety of consumer product categories, including produce, pet foods, bakery items, tortillas, cheeses, confectionaries, and frozen foods. As part of its “global to local” customer service commitment, the Brazil facility can also warehouse and distribute many other zippers produced by Zip-Pak facilities located in North America and Europe.