The new operation, which spans an area of 5000m2, involves a total investment that exceeds $5 million. It houses fully automated fragrance sampling and compounding machines, state of the art R&D and product testing facilities and sales and marketing offices to support future growth plans throughout Colombia and the South American region.
The location of the facility, within the free trade zone, will also help expand the division’s sales outside of Colombia where the company has ambitious targets. Coupled with increased manufacturing capacity, this means that CPL Colombia is well established to service new customers whilst being able to keep its lead times short and deliver excellent customer service.
Germán Ronderos, general manager of CPL Aromas Colombia said, “Previously, CPL Aromas Colombia manufactured 100% of fragrances we needed to meet the growing demand in the region. With the new factory, we have doubled our production capacity and we are able to expand it even further if necessary. We are going to turn Colombia into a fragrance hub for the entire region.”
The facility was built with sustainability in mind and designed to create as little impact as possible on the environment. Several systems were implemented:
- more than 280 solar panels create up to 30% of the energy used at the factory;
- LED light sources;
- ecologically sanitary batteries; and
- a rainwater harvesting system.
The new factory will operate according to CPL Aromas’ global standards and will have the means to provide support to the global production team as and when necessary. This significant investment ratifies the trust that CPL has in this dynamic region, its customers and the CPL Colombia team.