Digital printing for e-commerce packaging: discover Suitcase’s story

May 4, 2018

VPK developed new e-commerce packaging for fashion start-up, Suitcase , complete with high-quality, digital printing.

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Polish packaging division greatly expanded by summer 2018

Feb 5, 2018

A 40% capacity expansion is planned just three years after the start of the Polish packaging division. The Radomsko production site, located between Lodz and Krakow, will get an extra hall after the summer. The current machine park will be supplemented with additional machines, good for 30 million m² of corrugated cardboard packaging, and 15 additional employees. 

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5 facts about fish packaging

Jan 19, 2018

Smart Packaging Solutions is the absolute world market leader in the manufacture of solid board fish packaging. 5 interesting facts about this impressive VPK business:

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VPK and Decathlon: ‘Magical solutions’ for e-commerce

Dec 12, 2017

Sports-store Decathlon opened its Belgian distribution centre ten years ago. The logistical hub supplies both branches and end-customers. And when you talk about distribution, you talk about packaging in all shapes and sizes. VPK has proven to be an important e-commerce packaging partner from the very beginning. Listening, analysing and offering solutions:...

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UK Packaging Awards: Rigid Containers picks up gold twice

Nov 24, 2017

One week after picking up double gold at the EFTA Benelux Flexo awards, Rigid Containers was awarded in two categories at the UK Packaging Awards 2017. The event was hosted by Packaging News at a gala dinner in London on Wednesday 22nd November.

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Double Gold for VPK Packaging at EFTA awards

Nov 17, 2017

VPK wins two Gold awards and one Bronze at the second edition of the biannual EFTA Benelux Flexo Awards. 

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New Bobst flexo rotary die-cutter in Wellington, UK

Nov 9, 2017

Following the installation of a BP Agnati Quantum corrugator in 2015, the latest addition to Rigid Containers’ machine capabilities in Wellington is a six colour rotary die-cutter – a Bobst DRO 1628 NT RS. “It was the next logical step for us, as customer demand continues to grow,” says Julian Freeman, Rigid’s Group Sales & Marketing Director. “When we entered the south-west territory in 2014, it wa...

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Peterson plant in Randers, Denmark

Scandinavian investment plan deployed in full

Oct 6, 2017

The announced investments  in the Peterson Scandinavian packaging division are currently being rolled out in full. The EUR 25 million investment plan is aimed at upgrading machinery, increase productivity and extend quality standards for customers in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

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Improved display service thanks to new plotters and digital printer

Sep 6, 2017

Peterson’s Display plant in Sarpsborg (Norway) has recently installed two new plotters. These are the ideal equipment for production of both displays and smaller production runs for corrugated packaging. The digital printer that was installed last year completes the in-house capacity to produce high-class displays and packaging within ultra-fast delivery times.

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Significant benefits thanks to upgrade PM6

Jul 20, 2017

VPK's Paper Machine 6 in Oudegem has undergone an extensive upgrade. Stock preparation, production speed and the winder have all been updated, resulting in lots of benefits for Belgian paper production.

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To A Higher Level: VPK's sustainability report 2017

Jun 30, 2017

We have just finished our fourth sustainability report. It offers an overview of our sustainability efforts over the past year. 2016 was definitely a memorable year. That’s exactly why we titled this edition To A Higher Level . 

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Smart Packaging Solutions launches high-end offset printing press

May 1, 2017

VPK’s division for solid board packaging, Smart Packaging Solutions, has invested in a new offset printing press of the highest quality. The Heidelberg XL 162 is among the manufacturer’s top-of-the-range products and offers remarkable printing quality.

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VPK and Klingele join forces to invest in Peterson

Apr 12, 2017

Six months after the acquisition of Peterson by VPK Packaging Group, Klingele and VPK have announced that they will join forces to continue investing in the Scandinavian business unit.

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Remake for Raamsdonksveer

Apr 3, 2017

The VPK site in Raamsdonksveer (NL) has undergone a complete remake. Responding to growing customer demand, EUR 20 million has been invested to improve both the quality and capacity of our corrugated packaging. A brand new corrugator and an additional boxmaker were already brought into use last year. In April, the die-cutting capacity will be further increased as well.

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Towards a more circular economy

Feb 7, 2017

An ambitious energy project is being launched at Blue Paper in Strasbourg. Building a power plant to convert its own residual materials into energy will contribute to a more sustainable paper factory that consumes 80% less natural gas and manages its residual fractions more efficiently, therefore assuring a more competitive position for the future.

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Corrugated packaging for a good cause

Dec 23, 2016

YouthStart is a Belgian organisation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship among youths and young adults who are looking for opportunities. Through a unique combination of practical training and motivational coaching, participants discover their talents and enhance their self-confidence. At the end of an eight-day training course, they present their business plan.

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Fully automated high stack warehouse for Blue Paper

Dec 7, 2016

Blue Paper has opened a new high stack warehouse for paper rolls in Strasbourg (France).

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New ultra-modern case maker for packaging plant in Oudegem

Nov 9, 2016

VPK's production site in Oudegem, Belgium, has a new, ultra-modern machine. The case maker Martin 924 produces American boxes with 6-colour printing in a single pass. This means an increase in the total corrugated packaging capacity of 5 million m². 

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How corrugated cardboard can improve your value chain

Oct 28, 2016

The end of the year is coming and with that the holiday season as well. This is especially an exciting time for the younger ones because the holiday season means it is time for presents. Corrugated cardboard packages can provide added value in this. 

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New Mitsubishi EVOL flexo folder gluer at Selby

Sep 16, 2016

In August, a state of the art Mitsubishi EVOL flexo folder gluer started up at Rigid’s corrugating plant in Selby. The new converting machine further increases site productivity and capacity of what is probably already the most modern and fully equipped corrugated packaging plant in the UK. Installing mirrored operations between the centrally located Desborough plant, the Wellington site in Somerset and the Selby site in North Yorks...

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New certificates for sustainable production

Aug 5, 2016

VPK Flute and VPK Liner were recently awarded the Material Health sustainability certificate. This is the second certificate awarded to VPK Packaging Group by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, after the site in Raamsdonksveer (NL) was previously officially recognised for its corrugated packaging.

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corrugated packaging for Snauwaert 2

Top brand for tennis supplies joins forces with VPK

Jul 13, 2016

After 25 years, legendary tennis brand Snauwaert restarted its sale of tennis rackets and accessories early this year. Snauwaert was founded in 1928 and has evolved into a global player. In the ‘70s, the company sold around three million rackets per day. Pressured by cheap imported models, the manufacturer had to close its books in the early ‘90s.

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VPK's Sustainability Report 2015

VPK's Sustainability Report 2015

Jun 28, 2016

We are pleased to present the third edition of our sustainability report. This year we are keeping it brief and to the point. Clarity and transparancy is the aim. 15 pages to illustrate our ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable growth. Find out  here .

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New website for Smart Packaging Solutions

New website for Smart Packaging Solutions

Jun 24, 2016

Smart Packaging Solutions - VPK's division for solid board packaging - is growing. Therefore, we have developed a new website in five languages. Take a look here .

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The best beer in the world is in VPK packaging

Jun 1, 2016

Westvleteren 12 has been voted the best beer in the world for four years in a row. That is what makes the beer very popular at home and abroad. Recently VPK designed a new packaging that protects the product of the much-loved Trappist brewery even more effectively.

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VPK exhibition booth at Empack

Visit us at Empack!

Apr 8, 2016

Another original design by our packaging developers: our Empack exhibition booth. Discover the complete booth next week in Utrecht. 

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Expansion in Romania

Mar 24, 2016

The corrugated cardboard and tube divisions are both being expanded in Salonta, Romania.

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VPK Packaging Group garners major financial award

Feb 5, 2016

Yesterday evening VPK was proud to receive the Best Finance Team of the Year award in the category Large Companies.

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Continuous improvement generates savings for Geldhof Confectioners

Jan 29, 2016

VPK has recently developed a new and innovative corrugated cardboard packaging for  Geldhof Confectioners . Through its continuous improvement programme, VPK was able to offer the customer a smarter packaging concept with savings of 25%.

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VPK receives EFTA Benelux Flexo Award for corrugated

VPK wins bronze, silver and gold at the first EFTA Benelux flexo awards

Nov 27, 2015

At the first EFTA Benelux flexo awards, VPK has won bronze, silver and gold within the corrugated category.

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VPK wins biennial Greener Packaging Award

Nov 26, 2015

VPK was the proud winner of one of the 2015 Greener Packaging Awards. The Ecobox, a unique partner project with leading retailer Colruyt, has won the award within the category origin of the materials.

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Another investment by VPK Packaging Group

Oct 30, 2015

VPK Packaging Group has recently closed a significant purchase order with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe (MHIE). The deal includes a new corrugator and converting equipment.

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Fully integrated box production at Rigid Wellington

Sep 22, 2015

Thanks to the installation of a new corrugator, Rigid's site in Wellington, Somerset, has grown from a distribution hub to a fully integrated corrugated box plant in less than three years.

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GRI Report online

Aug 25, 2015

The GRI report is an integrated part of VPK's sustainability reporting. This specialized report defines VPK's sustainability reporting scope and its alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative.

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Newest sustainability publication now online

Jul 7, 2015

VPK's newest sustainability publication is now online available.

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First VPK production site in the US

May 7, 2015

VPK’s first US-based core winding site will soon start up production in Stevenspoint, Wisconsin. Specialized machinery is at the moment being transferred from Germany, where all parts were meticulously prepared for the transatlantic move. Installation is planned during the last two weeks of May, in order to start up production in June. Focusing on local markets, the new plant will meet the demand for cores used in ...

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Irish acquisition completed

Apr 1, 2015

Following our previous announcement, we can now confirm that VPK Packaging Group completed the acquisition of ICS Europaks in Ireland on 31st March, 2015. “We are really happy to bring the ICS Europaks team into the Rigid Group and we are looking forward to positive growth in the Irish market,” states Richard Coward, Manging Director. “We are confident that we can grow the business by continuing to work closely ...

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Gold EFIA award for UK subsidiary Rigid Containers

Mar 27, 2015

We’re delighted to report that our UK subsidiary Rigid Containers picked up Gold in the category ‘Post Print (Coated)' at the 2015 EFIA Awards on Thursday 19th March! In a hotly contested category, our box for Samuel Smith’s India Ale was triumphant. The job, which was produced on the Göpfert printing machine at Selby, is now our second Gold award at EFIA competitions in the last few years.

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VPK Packaging start up in Poland

Feb 5, 2015

In addition to the corrugated sheet business under the Aquila brand, VPK Packaging Group has launched its corrugated packaging business in Poland.

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First Aquila Brzeg order being shipped

Jan 27, 2015

Our new Aquila Brzeg plant has started production. Identical to the Aquila Radomsko plant, it is equipped with 2.8m working width, double wall corrugator. This greenfield project will increase the total capacity of Aquila business in Poland by 35%. The geographical spread of the three Polish plants allows a reduced delivery distance and increased service rate for our customers.

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New Italian partner for Blue Box Partners

Dec 12, 2014

We are happy to announce that as from January 1 st 2015 Cart-One S.R.L. will join Blue Box Partners. The new Italian partner has a strong market position and covers both north and south of Italy thanks to its geographical spread.

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Our new head office in Aalst

Jun 23, 2014

After a long period of continuous growth it’s essential to have centrally located headquarters where experience and knowledge can be exchanged with the possibility to receive representatives from our different divisions. The headquarters are located close to Brussels, the capital of Europe, in a modern and calm environment. It provides the necessary prestige towards the outside world : our employees, customers, suppliers and others....

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New packaging, same commitment

Apr 2, 2014

We’ve adopted a new corporate look with matching visual identity. Thereby reflecting on the outside the company vision we  have developed from the inside, strongly emphasizing our  3 key-values, determining highly satisfactory client relationships, excellent labour conditions and outstanding overall quality levels. The graphical representation of the 3 boxes in our new group logo stands for...

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Major investment by VPK Packaging Group in Poland.

Mar 24, 2014

VPK Packaging Group NV is investing €40 million in the expansion of its activities in Poland. A new plant will be built to develop the ‘Aquila’ capacity and footprint. Additionally, a first ‘VPK Packaging’ plant will be built to serve international FMCG customers. The investments will be realized in 2014. The new Aquila plant will start in first quarter of 2015. Today VPK Packaging Group operates two ...

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A successful conversion: a joint venture between Klingele Papierwerke and VPK Packaging Group brings the paper mill Blue Paper into operation

Feb 14, 2014

Remshalden/Aalst. With the official start of production, "Blue Paper " – a joint venture of the Klingele group (D) and the VPK Packaging Group (B) – has successfully realised this difficult and ambitious project. During a construction period of about one year the former UPM newspaper factory in Strasbourg was converted into a state-of-the-art production site for the manufacture of lightweight paper for corrugated boa...

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New turbine at VPK Paper Oudegem

Oct 3, 2013

Beginning of October 2013, a new turbine was started in Oudegem at VPK Paper’s plant. The  CHP ( Combined Heat and Power production ) plant is based on a 15 MW e  gas   turbine and waste heat boiler of 60 T of steam per hour. With an overall efficiency of more than 85 % the new plant can be considered as first of class. The total investment amount reached 15 mio €.  VPK Paper is now self provi...

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Wellington site inaugurated

Sep 25, 2013

Having opened a new site in the South West of England as a distribution hub earlier this year, we have now completed the second phase of development at the facility in Somerset.  "We opened the 180,000 sq ft site as a distribution hub in early April 2013," explains Richard Coward, Managing Director. "It was always our intention to transition the site into a full sheet plant facility in August and I am delighte...

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