Turnhout, April 8, 2022 | Van Genechten Packaging (VGP) are investing, according to their strategic road map, and opening a second plant in Komárom, Hungary to expand both their footprint and capacity.
The plant has been commissioned in record time and will pick up production this month.
With an increasingly growing demand for sustainable and recyclable packaging materials and consumers' anti-pl*stic attitude, packaging manufacturers are being pushed to provide a larger variety of new, creative and innovative solutions. With the positive mindset the company is noted for, VGP see this as further opportunity to work in partnership with their customers by expanding their European footprint.
The new plant in Komárom sees VGP expanding their network as well as investing in a region where they see strong market growth and is up and running in record time. This excellent result is thanks to professional project management from diverse teams across the VGP network and is testimony to the spirit of great teamwork throughout the group. It is especially impressive that VGP have the plant ready with such a short gap from the kick-off to the ramping up of production, especially in the face of the challenges present in the global supply chain.
Investing in Sustainability
Prof. Dr. Frank Ohle, CEO of Van Genechten Packaging told us:
I am delighted to welcome VG Komárom II to the VGP family and just as delighted that we have been able to go from taking a decision to starting production in just 14 months.
We hear every day from our customers that sustainable packaging solutions are important to them and even in challenging times for the global supply chain, we continue to invest in long term, sustainable solutions.
Whilst we look to our future capabilities and to increase capacity, it's important to make sure we're still taking care of nature and the communities we operate in. That's why we've worked really hard to equip this new plant with efficient, high-performance technologies to allow us to delight our customers sustainably for years to come."
Focus on Komárom
The second plant in Komárom, a sister to VGP's original plant on the banks of the Danube in the northern Hungarian city, consists of a 10,000 m² production building, offices and warehousing for raw materials and finished goods. Once fully operational it will create more than 100 jobs in the local economy.
Zsolt Horvath, Plant Manager of both Komárom plants told us:
I am really happy to see our second site ready to begin production. Whilst it has been challenging to turn everything around in such a short time period, it's really rewarding to see everything come together.
I'd like to extend my thanks to the whole VGP network and all of the teams who've worked hard to get Komárom II online so quickly. Now, the real journey starts by bringing the plant into full speed."
About Van Genechten Packaging (VGP)
Where people, brands and folding carton meet, that is where the magic happens at VGP, every single time. For over 180 years now VGP has believed in the unique impact of packaging for brands and products, for people and the planet, and made it work.
Today it remains one of the last truly independent European packaging specialists with HQ in Turnhout, Belgium, 10 folding carton sites and 1 extrusion site in 7 countries. Customers have come to value both this presence and independent spirit: typical is VGP’s ‘people first’ approach, where customer-centric collaboration is key to success. It has won the company many leading industry awards.
VGP generates an annual revenue of about 350 million euros. As a leading provider of packaging in European fast-moving consumer goods, the company continues to grow in printed folding cartons, offset laminated corrugated board, POS displays and a wide range of other packaging solutions.
Source: Van Genechten Packaging