Bericap, one of the leading global manufacturers of plastic closures, has taken over Mala Verschluss-Systeme GmbH, thereby extending its product portfolio to include aluminium closures. Mala is a family owned company based in Bad Liebenstein, Germany. In 2020 it generated annual revenue of 40 million euros from the production and sale of aluminium screw cap closures for spirits, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and edible oil.
Bericap and Mala’s business models and product program are stated to complement each other perfectly. Whereas Bericap focuses on the production and sale of plastic closures for the food, beverage and chemical industries, Mala specialises in aluminium roll on pilfer proof (ROPP) and long cap closures for the wine and spirits market.
Mala intends to gain access to new markets and Bericap’s product portfolio will be extended to include aluminium closures. The acquisition will allow Bericap to continue on its growth trajectory and, with Mala on board, it has the opportunity to open up new market segments and to develop innovative closure technologies combining plastic and aluminium.
Completion of the product range
Mala has over 200 employees at its sites in Bad Liebenstein and Schmalkalden-Wernshausen and markets its closures globally. “The extension of our product range to include Mala’s aluminium roll-on caps enables us to tailor our solutions even more precisely to the needs and requirements of our customers. The acquisition has allowed us to complete our already comprehensive range of closures for PET and glass bottles.” said Christian Krautkrämer, Managing Director at Bericap.
Now Bericap is able to offer alternatives in aluminium, in addition to the established range of plastic closures, for edible oil, vinegar and mineral water. Spirits manufacturers will also appreciate Bericap’s new single-source supplier setup covering all their needs, from simple ROPP aluminium closures to multi-stage highly safety closures. Production of aluminium closures for wine can also be ramped up thanks to the global Bericap production network.
“Mala’s design capabilities and specialised production equipment for aluminium closure finishing and decoration are impressive. The company offers exceptional flexibility in customer projects with its own in-house pad printing, side offset printing and hot foil embossing technology. Together we can leverage our full potential and grow our business footprint in expanding markets,” added Christian Krautkrämer.