LINDAL Group has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art, 12,000 sqm facility in São Paulo, Brazil.
The international aerosol dispensing company originally broke ground at the 30,000 sqm site in 2020, completing the project in 370 days, which is fully on time, according to Lindal.
The total investment of €14 million ($16.406 million) includes new equipment to increase capacity and represents LINDAL’s largest investment to date.
The new, sustainably-built facility with advanced manufacturing equipment will initially house 130 employees with the capacity to accommodate up to 250 in the near future.
Managing the construction, LINDAL Brazil’s Operations Director, Marcio Vacilotto, said, “Constructing a building of this magnitude through the [COVID-19] 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’d committed to.”
Facilitating leaner manufacturing
Strategically located 10 km 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 purposefully 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. In addition, the entire floor within the plant has been constructed using 10T floor resistant concrete capable of accommodating a range of heavy machinery, making way for further flexibility and capacity 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,” further explained Vacilotto.
“The design allows for different technologies, such as conveyors or tuggers to be more freely incorporated as our customers’ requirements evolve.”
Gaining sustainability accreditation
The new building has also been accredited with an EDGE certificate from Green Business Certification Inc.—the first industrial building in the whole of Brazil to receive this accreditation, said LINDAL. Zero waste generated at the plant is sent to landfill and a series of energy and water saving measures have been incorporated. For example, there is a rain-water harvesting system and skylights providing daylight to 50% of the top floor; LINDAL is also making plans for a solar-paneled roof.
Due to the pandemic and restrictions currently in place, there has not yet been a formal opening ceremony for the new factory. Instead, several key customers have had the chance to view the plant virtually and experience the scale, equipment and capabilities of the new facility. LINDAL plans to host an opening event to recognize the full launch of the plant once the situation improves.
LINDAL CEO Francois-Xavier Gilbert, said, “This facility has set a new precedent in terms of meeting customer demands, improving our sustainability credentials and operating in a prosperous and dynamic Brazilian aerosol market.”
LINDAL Brazil’s Managing Director, Moacir Camargo, concluded “this state-of-the-art facility demonstrates the LINDAL Group’s commitment to the market, enabling a broader product portfolio offering to support our customer’s ever-growing needs for product and service excellence. This new site will consolidate LINDAL’s leadership in the supply of valves and actuators for the Brazilian aerosol market, enabling sustainable and more efficient production, whilst adding value to our customers through this substantial new investment and capability”