New growth strategy targets international and local customer segments
In the last seven years, VPK’s international growth has been especially strong. Recent acquisitions, including Peterson in Scandinavia (a joint-venture with Klingele Paper and Packaging Group), core and tube producer Corenso and expansions in both Western and Eastern Europe, have led to a doubling of consolidated turnover. This international expansion will now be reflected in a single VPK brand for the whole corrugated packaging division. From 1 October, VPK Packaging will replace the Ondulys, Rigid and Peterson brand names in France, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
The unified corrugated packaging brand will increase the focus on the growing segment of international customers. CEO Pierre Macharis
: “Our aim is to take sustainable growth to the next level, both ecologically and economically. We will think and act globally, but without losing the connection with our local customers and their products. Bringing sustainable, fully recyclable packaging to the market within a circular economic model will remain our core business. Staying true to our unique DNA, but with a clearer focus on international growth.”
Common drivers for more transparency
The introduction of the new branding strategy comes with a new logo and visual identity, inspired by VPK’s environmental responsibility in sustaining the circular economy as well as four common company values : ownership, trust, care and beyond. Wim Messiaen, COO of the Corrugated Packaging Division
: “The central brand highlights our vision of sustainable business and growth, supported by international relationship management and a bigger emphasis on innovation in the network of our businesses. Our central brand enables employees and customers to identify more easily with the organisation and our values.
With this new branding strategy, we as a company are signalling our aims, vision and values to a constantly changing world, and honing our products and services to meet the evolving needs of our customers. We want to offer more transparency by communicating from a single brand and letting our structures grow organically in line with the network of our customers.”
In addition to VPK Packaging, VPK Group’s overall brand portfolio includes Corex for core and tube production, Smart Packaging Solutions for the production of solid board packaging and VPK Paper for the production of recycled paper.
About VPK Group
VPK produces recycled paper, corrugated cardboard packaging, solid board packaging, cores and tubes. The international packaging group operates according to a circular economic business model. Employing over 6200 people across 65 locations in 20 countries, the group records a turnover of €1.5 billion.