Ramondin Capsulas, was founded in Durango in 1890. Although Ramondin produces champagne hoods, polylaminate and PVC capsules it has concentrated its efforts on becoming the leading producers of tin capsules both in terms of technical expertise and production capabilities. Ramondin gained ISO9001 accreditation in 1995 and moved to its new factory in Laguardia in 1999.
With over 315 employees in their 36,000 square metre factory in Spain working 3 shifts a day, Ramondin produces around 560 million tin capsules p.a which amounts to 56% of the world wide tin capsule market.
The design and manufacture of all machinery, paints, dies, silkscreens, artwork etc is done in house ensuring control over all aspects of the business whilst their ongoing R & D department employs 30 engineers to design and develop technically advanced machinery to ensure they stay ahead of the competition in terms of expertise and efficiency.
To ensure that your capsules can be perfectly applied they have a robot simulating your specific bottling line conditions prior to despatch.
To read more about Tin Capsules, go to the Ramondin Website.
Their latest equipment allows them to print capsules with two registered colours, shortly to be increased to three, on top of the base colour for very little extra cost.
With so much wine now being sold in supermarkets and retail generally it is important to get the edge on the market and utilise this to your advantage with a striking new capsule designed to catch the eye of the consumer!
Tin is non-toxic.
Tin capsules have a smililar ‘soft’ feel to the traditional lead based products and convey a high quality image.
Tin capsules are easy to remove from bottles by hand. This can be done by tearing, and without the risk of cuts to fingers.
Tin as a waste material can easily be recycled. In contrast, disposal of waste PVC and other plastics can be more difficult.
Tin capsules can be used with existing manufacturing and bottling equipment.
In the marketing of a bottle of wine, particularly in a retail environment one has to remember that the relationship with the consumer is based on two senses, sight and feel, and at a later time, smell and taste. It is a well-known principle that under these circumstances the presentation sells the first bottle, whilst the quality of the wine sells the second and those following.
So for those of you who don’t feel their wine merits the extra cost of a high quality tin capsule compared to a less expensive alternative of say, aluminium, poly-laminate or PVC this should be fully considered prior to choosing the capsule material for your product.
It is important to note that since 1992, when the use of tin-lead capsules were banned in the USA, millions of dollars were poured into the development of alternative high quality capsules and Ramondin Capsulas came up with two choices for their major market, the USA. Aluminium or tin? The choice was unilateral in favour of tin because the Americans were not prepared to incur the risk of the lawsuits which would follow when some unsuspecting consumer or sommelier unwittingly cut their fingers on the sharp edges of aluminium.
The new tin capsules are fully recyclable, non-toxic (they contain less than 100 parts per million of toxic metals), easily opened by hand, retaining the soft-feel of the original tin-lead capsules.
Although the origin of the capsule in the 18 century was based on the need to ensure the bottle had not been tampered with, decoration is the second purpose of capsule. Naturally it is considered a part of the packaging which plays second fiddle to the fine wine, but equally important, as are the spices to enhance a fine cut of meat, it will enhance and raise the prestige of the wine, appropriately matching quality with quality and adding value in the eyes of the consumer.