Plastipak likes to keep things bottled up! Through subsidiary Plastipak Packaging, the company produces more than 8 billion plastic containers a year for consumer products' manufacturers. Containers are used to hold beverages (soft drinks, water, juice, beer), cleansers (laundry soap, household cleaners), processed foods (coffee creamer, salad dressing), hygiene (mouthwash, perfume), and industrial and automotive goods (motor oil, windshield washer fluid). The company serves multinational, established companies, such as Kraft Foods, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, and Pepsico. Plastipak operates in the US, Europe, and South America. Founded in 1967, it is owned and led by the Young family.
Plastipak is riding the wave of its customers' success. As the company's clientele expands globally, they want Plastipak to expand with them. The company has more than 20 plants operating in North America, South America, and Europe. Plastipak has benefited from a diverse range of proprietary bottling relationships. Its bottles are used for high-profile waters, such as Pepsi's Aquafina. The company supplies wide-mouth containers for Procter & Gamble's liquid laundry detergents like Tide, and household products such as Bounce. Plastipak's packaging for Kraft Foods has improved the products' shelf visibility. Automotive customers are another key market. Plastipak caters to the container needs of companies such as Shell Oil and Chevron.
Not only does the company achieve growth through its business relationships, but also through its technology. If you think of a plastic bottle's design as architecture, you will understand that form does indeed follow function -- the shape of an object should be based on its intended function or purpose. The principle holds true with Plastipak's ThermoShape Lightweight Hot-Fill Technology that was introduced in late 2010. The company installed the first ThermoShape packaging line at Al Ain Mineral Water Company in Abu Dhabi, and a second line in France. The technology allows for the packaging of non-refrigerated, high-acid content beverages and foods without the use of preservatives. The bottle is almost 30% lighter than the typical PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle, uses 30% less PET, and offers extended shelf life without deformation because the bottle walls do not lose as much oxygen as typical PET bottles. The technology also allows existing glass and plastic hot-fill lines to be converted fairly easily to the ThermoShape system.
Timing and location also work in Plastipak's favor; its plants are situated near the filling sites of many of its customers. In 2009 Plastipak began construction on a facility convenient to Dr Pepper Snapple Group's new Southern California bottling hub. As the group's largest supplier, Plastipak has an opportunity to manufacture a plethora of plastic bottles needed for Dr Pepper Snapple's 50 different beverage products.
Plastipak Packaging is supported by a private fleet of trucks from affiliate, Whiteline Express to meet the call for reduced cost, on-time transportation. Recycling affiliate Clean Tech produces Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET materials for use in Plastipak's new food and beverage containers. It recycles more than 2 billion bottles annually. Plastipak Holdings is also affiliated with Luxemburg-based LuxPET, an injection mold maker of beverage PET preforms. – less