Toly Group: an important reality in the cosmetic packaging panorama
Toly Group was founded in the early 1970s by Dr. Zoly Gatesy in the UK, shortly afterwards moved to Malta with 40 employees and in 1975 specialised in the cosmetics industry.
Toly still remains in Malta with its Corporate Offices and Innovation Centre that serve the entire group worldwide. The group has production plants in Malta, China and Korea, as well as sales and marketing offices in the UK, USA, France, Belgium, Italy, Hong Kong, Korea and Brazil, with over 1,000 employees.
Over the years the company has successfully diversified into providing high-quality packaging solutions for the make-up, skin care and fragrance sectors.
In recent years, it has adopted 3D printing technology, achieving significant advantages in terms of time and cost.
How Toly Group uses 3D printing
From the words of the testimony of Engineer David James Sciberras, we discover that the company uses 3D printing to create prototypes of different variants of its products in order to determine the shape and operation with its customers, plus models are made to present the new designs.
Toly has a variety of small desktop FDM machines used for fast prototypes. The last one purchased was the Projet 2500 Plus by 3D Systems. Engineer explains that printers are constantly in operation in the company.
The main advantage of 3D technology is the flexibility to test new product variants at a relatively low cost and at the high speed required by current market standards.
Toly uses 3D printing during the research and development phase, where current designs and mechanisms are tested. Then, 3D printers are used in the innovation and conceptualisation phases to improve new concepts. And the company also uses 3D printing during the design phase to ensure that any changes do not adversely affect the final assembly of production. Finally, technology is also used to demonstrate new concepts to potential customers.
3D printing is evolving at a surprising pace, with new technologies and concepts announced weekly to improve speed and quality. Toly is anxious to capitalise on actual production technology to further improve market speed.
The collaboration between the company and 3DZ has been very positive. It is said that the experience was excellent, from shipment to installation, calibration and training. The technical and logistical staff was very helpful and patiently answered all questions.
When asked if the machine fleet will be expanded, the company replied that it would consider a machine with alternative possibilities for printing material such as the Projet 3600 or higher. This would help for example to further develop the moulding of their inserts.