In 2021 celebrated De Jong Packaging its 25th anniversary. We are incredibly proud of this. But how has De Jong Packaging developed itself into the largest corrugated cardboard factory in Europe over these 25 years?
Henk de Jong founded De Jong Packaging, leveraging his own experience as a consumer of packaging. He was more aware than anyone of the customer's wishes and needs. The self-produced corrugated cardboard packaging proved to be an immediate success, and more and more growers wanted to package their products in this way. This is how De Jong Packaging grew steadily. At that time, the cardboard sheets were still purchased, and only three erecting machines were in use. There was only one truck in operation, of which Henk de Jong himself was the driver.
Due to the increasing demand for the boxes, it was decided in 2002 to not only expand the number of erecting machines but also to acquire our own die-cutting and printing machine.
In 2006 the production location in Westmaas had become too small and De Jong Packaging moved to its current location in De Lier. A location that could handle the growth and also in the middle of the largest horticultural area in Europe. Despite the new location, the corrugated board sheets were still purchased from other factories.
Because De Jong Packaging did not want to be dependent on third parties and thus could better respond to changes and wishes of the customer, it was decided to purchase its own Corrugated cardboard machine. A machine more than 100 meters long was put into use in 2007, enabling De Jong Packaging to produce its own corrugated board.
The considerably expanded machine park was mainly equipped in 2009 for making fresh produce packaging, but in order to better serve the industry market, it was decided to install a new casemaker in 2009. This machine is more focused on the production of the boxes for the industrial market. As an example, you can think of the moving boxes that everyone has had in their hands at one point or another. But these boxes are also used for packing flowers, plants, fish, eggs, vacuum cleaners and many other products.
After production has already taken place entirely in De Lier, the erecting center and the offices are now also moving to the new building in De Lier.
The production reached full capacity in 2015, prompting us to initiate expansion and automation efforts. Automated transport is implemented within the production, and a second corrugated cardboard machine has been constructed.
In 2018, Rudico and the German factory Gaster Wellpappe were acquired. This marked the point at which De Jong Packaging gained the capability to produce its own preprint, and two production facilities were incorporated in Germany.
Bangma Packaging in Flevoland has been acquired. Additionally, an English factory, eCorrugated, is being integrated into the De Jong group, signifying the company's increasing international expansion.
In 2021, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Additionally, during this year, we commenced further expansions in De Lier.
On Wednesday, June 16th, the first pile was driven for the new corrugated cardboard factory at De Jong Packaging in De Lier. The modern and environmentally-friendly building will be spread over two floors and cover an area of over 85,000 square meters. This location will serve for production, storage, distribution, and office spaces.
In September of 2022 Stora Enso announces the acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group. Together De Jong Packaging Group and Stora Enso will accelerate revenue growth and build market share in renewable packaging in Europe.
On the 6th of Januari Stora Enso completes the acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group.
At the beginning of 2023, the first orders were processed in the new factory. And there will be many more to come!