Alba Group Acquires New FA-Line Presses

World Leader in Laminate Tubes for Cosmetics and Oral Care Packaging Acquires New FA-Line Presses from Nilpeter

August 2019: Alba, the world”s largest manufacturer of laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging, has further invested in Nilpeter technology with the acquisition of new FA-presses for company sites in India, Brazil, and Poland. Most have already been installed, with installation on going in Brazil.

The collaboration between the two market leading companies dates back to 2008 when Alba, through their former UK division, Betts Group, acquired two original FA-4 flexo presses for locations in India and Indonesia.

A Comprehensive Vetting ProcessInterested in adding new technology, the Alba head office in France reached out to Nilpeter once again, and after a comprehensive vetting process with testing, trials, and visits with competing suppliers, chose Nilpeter’s All New FA to be installed in India, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to the advanced technology of the new FA, the high ease of use, and impressive press performance with tough laminate tube materials, Alba emphasized Nilpeter’s global support setup, worldwide reach, and 24/7 hotline for troubleshooting and live technical assistance. The new FA-presses will be put to good use in the fields of laminate tubes for oral care packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other various personal care applications.

Learning and Growing Together“In short, we are delighted to continue the close working relationship we have developed with Alba over the years. It is truly mutually beneficial – working together, learning from each other – gaining and improving in laminate tubes, and growing together through the process. And the potential for more is evident. We cherish the collaboration and look forward to many years of mutual success,” says John Hammond, Sales, Nilpeter UK Ltd.

Built Around the Modern Print OperatorThe new FA is the most versatile flexo press on the market – designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. A benchmark of flexibility and modularity, the FA allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget. Future customisations are often done with a simple press of a button. All main components are produced in-house, meaning higher production quality and control. Nilpeter’s LEAN production flow and uniform facilities in Denmark and the US assure delivery worldwide. Alba’s new FA-presses are prepared for the addition of digital printing stations, which will allow them to print variable data in the future. Furthermore, Nilpeter has developed a zero waste/defects solution to ensure Alba meets market quality requirements.

About AlbaAlba, the world”s #1 cosmetics packaging wholesaler, manufactures the packaging and beauty solutions you use every day: Tubes, lipsticks, mascara, perfume, and lotion pumps, applicators, as well as packs filled with formula, comfort kits, and much more. As a beauty packaging supplier, Alba serves prestigious and emerging brands, those who are independent and those steeped in history, small and large, local and international.

Final tests are conducted on one of Alba’s new Nilpeter FA-Line press, before packing and shipping to Alba Levice in Slovakia.

Pierre Thillement, Alba France, running the numbers at the recent Factory Acceptance Test with Nilpeter in Slagelse, Denmark.

The Alba Team learning the ropes with their new FA-Line press alongside Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd.