History

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Over 90 years of experience

From tin can manufacturer to global closures specialist

From tin can manufacturer to global closures specialist

BERICAP is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic closures for beverage, food and industrial markets. The development of this family-run company based in Budenheim, near Mainz in the Rhineland-Palatinate, into a global champion is a genuine German small and medium-sized enterprises (in short: SME) success story.

Early alchemy: money from metal

The success story began with the founding of “Jacob Berg GmbH” by the entrepreneur of that name, in 1926. Initially the company produced hoops and tap bungs, primarily for wine barrels, and later on it started to manufacture tin cans. As early as immediately after the end of World War 2, though, the product portfolio underwent a radical change in order to adapt to market needs and customer preferences. The company moved out of tin can production and specialized instead in metal packaging for dyes, paints and chemicals. At the same time, the portfolio was expanded to include metal toys and the first plastic products.

The next radical change in strategy came in the mid-1970s. From then on, the company focused on production of tin cans and plastic closures. Research and development became increasingly important, and amongst other things this period saw the development of the first tear-open membranes and a pull-out closure for filling engine oils and car care products. In addition, the company started to expand abroad. In 1980 Jacob Berg GmbH acquired a majority holding in the French company RICAL SA – marking the birth of what is today the BERICAP Group. The name BERICAP was established – formed from the first two letters of the trailblazer Berg (BE) and of the French company RICAL (RI), together with the English term for what, even then, was already the company’s most important product: the cap (CAP).

Milestones of our company history


1926

1926

  • Foundation and first entry in the commercial register as Jacob Berg GmbH
1930 - 1949

1930 - 1949

  • Manufacturing of food cans
1950 - 1970

1950 - 1970

  • Production of metal canister for lubricants and chemicals
1971 - 1979

1971 - 1979

  • First factory for closure production in Germany
1980 – 1984

1980 – 1984

  • Foundation of a small subsidiary for closures in Spain in Pöble Nou near Barcelona.
  • Acquisition of majority stake in Rical SA in France. This is the beginning of BERICAP’s step abroad.
  • The name BERICAP was born by combining the BE from Jacob Berg and the RI of Rical the original name of the French plant → BE+RI+CAP=BERICAP.
1985

1985

  • Development of tear-out membrane for Edible oil
  • Development of 1st pull-up spout for lubricants
1990 – 1994

1990 – 1994

  • 1993 Start of BERICAP Ltd. UK
  • 1993 Start of in-house mold manufacturing
  • 1994 Start of BERICAP Bt. Hungary
1995 – 1999

1995 – 1999

  • 1995 Start of BERICAP Sp. z.o.o. Poland
  • 1996 Start of BERICAP Asia
  • 1996 Development of DoubleSeal: Superior tightness on PET
  • 1997 Start of BERICAP Inc. Canada
  • 1997 Start of BERICAP China I, Kunshan
  • 1998 Development and Launch of the first DoubleSeal tighness closure
  • 1998 Foundation of BERICAP do Brasil Ltda.
2000 – 2004

2000 – 2004

  • 2001 Start of BERICAP India
  • 2001 Start of BERICAP Kazakhstan Ltd.
  • 2002 Development and launch of 1-piece screw cap on hot fill packaging
  • 2002 Start of OOO BERICAP, Russia
  • 2002 Start of BERICAP Llc. USA California
  • 2004 Start of BERICAP Egypt
2005 – 2009

2005 – 2009

  • 2007 Start of BERICAP South Carolina, USA
  • 2007 Start of BERICAP Romania
  • 2008 Entry to agrochemical market
2010 - 2014

2010 - 2014

  • 2010 Development of the 1st Push-Pull closure for hot fill packaging without aluminum foil
  • 2010 Start of BERICAP Singapore PTE Ltd.
  • 2011 Start of BERICAP Argentina SA
  • 2013 Launch of the new BERICAP Valve
  • 2014 Start of BERICAP China II, Zhuhai
2015 - Today

2015 - Today

  • Digitalization for packaging: We have developed a wide range of anti-counterfeit solutions
  • 2015 Start of BERICAP Malaysia
  • 2018 Start of BERICAP Mexico

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