Minister Creecy will represent the President at the commissioning of a new production plant in Lanseria

President Cyril Ramaphosa, due to changes to his schedule, will unfortunately no longer speak at a rally marking the commissioning of a state-of-the-art plastics production plant by the ALPLA Group, a manufacturer leading international.

The President will be represented by the Minister of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy.

The event is scheduled for tomorrow October 12, 2022 at the ALPLA production facility in Lanseria, Gauteng.

In his 2020 State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa positioned infrastructure development and the creation of new cities as ways to stimulate the economy and increase employment.

ALPLA’s investment is a key contribution to the Lanseria Smart City master plan.

ALPLA Group’s $50 million commitment will not only promote sustainability and recycling in the country, but will create and sustain 350 jobs, with an apprenticeship program that will train 36 mechatronics and recycling technicians for the operations of ALPLA across Southern Africa.

The apprenticeship program will begin in 2023 with the first 12 South African apprentices from local communities starting their training in plastics processing and machining technology trades at the Future Corner training center in Lanseria.

In the new headquarters for sub-Saharan Africa, the ALPLA Group merges five previous factories which were located in Harrismith, Denver, Isando, Kempton Park and Samrand. Lanseria’s new site includes 35,000 square meters of covered production, administration and storage space, another 12,500 for future expansion and 30,000 square meters of roof space equipped with solar panels.

ALPLA is one of the leading plastic packaging and recycling companies.

Around 22,100 employees produce bespoke packaging systems, bottles, closures and injection molded parts at 177 locations in 45 countries.

The new plant will produce bottles, caps and specialty packaging for the food, personal and household care, chemical, cleaning agent and pharmaceutical industries – a total of approximately 3.5 billion pieces per year.

ALPLA uses six different technologies, including injection and compression molding, injection-stretch-blow molding and extrusion-blow molding. In addition to international companies, ALPLA also provides local small businesses with plastic packaging solutions.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Presidency: Republic of South Africa.

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