Discover Benelux, Issue 49, January 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Dutch Industry and Innovation  |  Made in the Netherlands

Sustainable packaging for the future TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN  |  PHOTOS: SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS

Transportation of delicate and sturdy materials will always require packaging. One popular method of packing is cardboard, making sure that even in the harshest of conditions whatever it is you are transporting is safe. At Solidus Solutions, they know their solid board and packaging solutions. As market leader in Europe, Solidus houses over a century of knowledge, has several production and selling locations throughout Europe and produces more than 350 million kilograms of solid board and graphic board per year. What started out as a small strawboard company up north in the Netherlands is now Solidus Solutions: the largest manufacturer of solid board and solid board packaging in Europe, previously owned by giants Smurfit Kappa and since 2015 independent together with investment company Aurelius. Solidus specialises

in solid board, graphic board and core board, being able to wrap everything up, from vegetables and fish to perfumes and whiskeys, and supplying the board that is at the core of hygiene products such as toilet and kitchen roll. CEO Richard Houben could not be prouder of his ever-growing business. In fact, the moment we get in contact, Solidus had just acquired the Abelan Group in Spain which is one of the country’s largest solid board and core board manufacturers. That fits perfectly inside Solidus’ strategy which Houben defines as a three pillar one: “Profitable growth, a world class operation and people who make a difference,” he explains: “We want to grow autonomously and with acquisitions.” To do so, Solidus sets out to produce nothing but the best solid board there is, but also by being sustainable. Houben:

“We work 100 per cent with recycled paper, from different sources. The solid board industry has a long heritage that to this day uses methods that have been the same. But for us, it is important to do more by using less; a continuous improvement. That works on several levels: we invest in machinery that consumes less and less energy. Then there’s the fact that the amount of plastic packaging is needlessly high. If milk can be sold in a carton, why not something like motor oil?”


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