September 26, 2022
Two weeks ago, the Management Team of CurTec paid a visit to the construction site in Westminster, SC. Bart, Roy, Niels and Claudia together with Steve Verschaeve witnessed the completion of the foundation construction process. The total construction will take another three months.
Tomorrow a number of CurTec representatives will visit the factories of Bekum and Engel in Austria where the machines for the US plant are being built.
July 5, 2022
Last week, Project Director Steve Verschaeve, Sales Director Sean Connolly and Operations Director Roy Kuipers, accompanied by two Agracel officials, broke ground which symbolized the start of constructing the US production facility in Westminster, SC.
Construction will take roughly six months and with machines and molds on order in line with the construction plans, we will probably start production in April 2023.
March 16, 2022
CurTec has decided to realize a new production location in the United States. Last December we traveled to Oconee County (South Carolina) to select a site for building the new factory. The opening is planned for spring 2023.
The site is part of the Oconee Industrial & Technology Park, consists of 24 acres (100,000 m2) and is strategically located towards customers, suppliers, talent and transportation. It will be CurTec’s first production location outside The Netherlands and will serve as the main production facility for North America. The new 33,000 sq./ft. (3,000 m2) facility marks the next phase of international growth and can easily accommodate future expansion.
CEO Bart van Berkel: “Over the past years, we have seen a strong increase in demand for High Performance Packaging by pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals and food ingredients customers in North America. By starting manufacturing in the US, CurTec is taking the next step in strengthening our market position, increasing our service level to new and existing customers and decreasing the carbon footprint of operations.
We have explored many areas in the US and were most excited about Oconee County because of its talented workforce, strong commitment to technical education and great location. We look forward to become part of the community.”
Project Director Steve Verschaeve: “The project is making strong progress as we are in the final stages of both civil and structural designs for the facility. The machines and molds are already on order and our goal is to have the building completed by the beginning of 2023 and start production in the spring of 2023.”