VPK Packaging Group

Rigid is part of VPK Packaging Group, one of the fastest growing independent manufacturers of recycled paper and corrugated packaging. Together with the UK, it has a network of operating plants in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Poland and Romania, with additional facilities in Turkey, the U.S. and several other countries. VPK Packaging Group NV is headquartered in Belgium.

Pierre and Jean-Paul MacharisThe Macharis brothers

VPK’s forward-thinking strategy of continuous investment in its European businesses and its determination to continue growing ensures its ability to effectively, flexibly and competitively respond to customer demands.

Rigid continues to benefit from ongoing investment allowing it to meet the demands of the UK and Irish markets. For example, in 2005, a brand new state-of-the-art manufacturing and logistics facility in Selby (North Yorkshire) was created. In 2013, a new converting facility was opened in Wellington (Somerset). In 2015, the company completed the acquisition of ICS Europaks in Limerick, giving a true manufacturing presence in the Irish market for the first time.

Rigid is fully supported by VPK’s overall group strategy which aims to consistently raise the standards of service it provides to customers through total logistical packaging concepts, high quality printing and the development of new products. Thanks to continuing investment and acquisitions, the international coverage of VPK (and therefore Rigid), continues to evolve. However, the overall, long-term vision of VPK and its companies is to ensure the provision of sustainable packaging solutions, anchored by a sound financial structure for business stability.

Group Structure

VPK Packaging Group is organized in independent business units with a high level of authority. The business units operate in their markets with decentralized sales, production and purchasing autonomy to enable short decision processes, high internal motivation and superior customer intimacy.

VPK Group's headquarters in Belgium.VPK's headquarters

A centralized team on group level enables synergies to be developed and best practices to be spread over the different business units. This group team also keeps the risk profile of the group at an acceptable level and coordinates the strategic developments which contribute to tomorrow’s growth of VPK.

VPK Group structure

Business units

Papermills :

  • VPK Paper, Belgium
  • Blue Paper, France ( joint venture with Klingele Group of Germany )

Corrugated Board Packaging :

  • VPK Packaging, Belgium
  • VPK Packaging, the Netherlands
  • VPK Packaging, Romania
  • Ondulys, France
  • Rigid, UK
  • VPK Display, Belgium. 

Solid Board :

  • Smart Packaging Solutions, Belgium

Corrugated sheets :

  • Aquila, Poland
  • Aquila, Germany

Cores :

  • Corex, in 11 European countries

VPK's website can be found here.