Schoeller Allibert Group continues to grow; it opens a new production plant in Belgium. This new facility with a 6.000m2production hall, has been inaugurated on the 21st of June. It currently produces the Big Box Maximus 1212â and the ClickPallâ but will mainly manufacture new products to be launched in 2019. While the industry is booming, Schoeller Allibert keeps investing, especially with this brand new modern production site in Beringen, Belgium (located in the North East of Brussels) which will be a model factory for the future facilities of the group. This light-filled factory, with its state-of-theart production hall and spacious outdoor storage spaces, represents a major investment.
The Schoeller Allibert Beringen factory has a 6.000 m2 surface dedicated to production and a 3.500 m2 outdoor storage space. The factory is specialised in the injection moulding of big size returnable crates. It produces approximatively 700 pieces of “big boxes” a day in any color and with customer specific hotstamped print on it. Schoeller Allibert’s most innovative products such as the Magnum Optimum® 595, the new Combo Fructus®, the Maximus® 1212, the Rackpal or the latest bottle crates will be presented in the showroom. Schoeller Allibert chose the site of Beringen (Belgium) for its perfect location, in the Benelux region, right between Germany and France, which are very important markets in terms of sale.
The Greenfield factory was a very special project for the Schoeller Allibert Group, which wanted to have a very modern and different architecture compared to previous plants. Guy Wastiau, a renowned Belgian architect, inspired himself of the work realised in the group’s factories. The shape of the building is very characteristic with round slopes in it which symbolises the flow of plastic in the injection moulding process.
The factory is running 24h a day and 7 days a week with the help of 40 employees on site. This facility will have the largest machines in the Benelux region, it will mainly focus on Schoeller Allibert’s larger products, such as the Big Box Maximus 1212â, designed for, amongst others, the fruit industry, or the plastic ClickPallâ for the petrochemical industry. The Schoeller Allibert Group is also currently developing new products that will be produced in this factory and launched on the market by 2019. Among other things, here a few examples:
§ a nestable box that can be used for water protection in case of flooding, the water that is the risk is being used to protect
§ a nestable big box for food and recycling to dramatically reduce the cost for return transports
§ a plastic pallet that can easily be repaired in case of damage.
For Ludo Gielen, Chief Strategic Growth Officer at Schoeller Allibert Group: “The Greenfield Beringen factory has the perfect location in the heat of Benelux and between west Germany and northern France. Therefore, it will help us to grow and provide additional machines regarding the Benelux market, but will also provide Schoeller Allibert internal demands coming from Germany and France.” The Beringen plant which is to be the model factory for all future plants of the group, is clearly reinforcing the group strategy regarding their development in the Benelux region. The major markets that are currently being served in this area are agriculture, food & food processing, industrial & chemical manufacturing, beverage and pooling. Many sectors with ever higher expectations which will be covered by the growing number of Schoeller Allibert’s plants (Poland in 2016, Belgium in 2018).
Following products were explained during the presentation to the press, May 28 & 29, 2018, in Beringen:
- MAGNUM OPTIMUM®595 , for the automotive industry
- COMBO FRUCTUS®, for the paste and juice industries
- MAXIMUS®1212, for the transport of fruits and vegetables
- RACKPAL®1208M, for different sectors and an ideal solution for the automated logistics,
- SCHOELLER ALLIBERT BEER CRATES, for premium beers.
The press event was attended by:
Ludo Gielen, Chief Strategic Growth Officer and Member of the Board, Schoeller Allibert Group
William Liebregts, Corporate Strategic Marketing Director, Schoeller Allibert
Françoise Pomès, Global Marketing Director, Schoeller Allibert
Ilse Raymaekers, Global Product Director, Schoeller Allibert
Patrick Breukers, Global Innovation Director, Schoeller Allibert
Maciej Sawicki, Business Development Director, Schoeller Allibert
Robbert-Jan Ter Horst, Regional Director Benelux, Schoeller Allibert
For more information: www.schoellerallibert.com
About SCHOELLER ALLIBERT
Schoeller Allibert has been inventing, developing, designing and manufacturing Returnable Transit Packaging (RTP) for more than 50 years. We have a rich heritage, having been formed from the key players: Schoeller, Wavin, Perstorp, Arca, Linpac, Allibert, Paxton, Stucki amongst others. Today we are the European market leader with operations world-wide.
Markets: We focus on seven key segments being agriculture, automotive, food and food processing, beverage, retail, industrial manufacturing and pooling through our customers.
Products: We offer a comprehensive range of standard and tailor made RTP packaging solutions across ten key product segments being Foldable Large Containers, Foldable Small Containers, Rigid Pallet Containers, Beverage crates and trays, Stackable and Stack /Nest handheld boxes, UN pails, Foldable IBCs, Pallets and Dollies.
Services: As well as standard models, we offer a bespoke innovative design and engineering service.
Benefits of our products: High quality, durable and sustainable enabling our customers to enhance supply chain efficiency and profitability, lower transport cost, reduce waste and enhance green branding.
1 - Exhibition of Schoeller Allibert products at the new Beringen factory hall
2 - Ludo Gielen, Chief Strategic Growth Officer and Member of the Board explains Schoeller Allibert evolution and the strategic position of the Greenfield Beringen factory
3 - Ilse Raymaekers, Global Product Director shows the stylish and innovative beer crates
4 - The machine manufactures each day around 700 big boxes
5 - Patrick Breukers, Global Innovation Director, in front of the last technology injection machine