IDE Online Magazine Abril 2017 - Page 79

How did you prepare Schoeller Allibert to achieve that in terms of R&D?

We are continuously working on the development of a wide range of new products that are

aimed for optimising the workflow of our customers in a sustainable way. But it is not only our job to design and create innovative and sustainable C2C products (cradle to cradle) of the highest quality, we also must mould them into a model that is financially feasible for the industry and acceptable to the consumer. That is why we have the largest R&D program of the industry, located in 3 places around the world, which accounts for 5% of our turnover annually. Our main Technology centre is also fully integrated in one of our production plant in the Netherlands, which allows us to create better products, with a reduced R&D period, and a complete anticipation of our production needs and costs.

And in terms of production capacity?

About production, we strongly expanded our capacity last year with the opening of a brandnew production plant in Poland that addresses a full portfolio of products for customers in the CEE region, especially for the Automotive market.

The fact that Schoeller Allibert is facing strong growth is also becoming increasingly clear in Beringen, Belgium. There, we have recently started the construction of a new Belgian facility that will be a model factory for the future facilities of the group. We are also investing considerably in the field of technology, more specifically in Big Product Mould Technology.

Our production, that will ensure the supply for the Benelux region, northern France, West Germany and the UK, will mainly focus on our larger products destined for, amongst others, the fruit industry and the petrochemical industry. The first products will be ready in the summer of 2017. We have a couple of very busy months ahead of us.

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