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[post_content] => Greif, a global leader in industrial packaging, recently welcomed more than 200 guests to the official opening of its new Russian steel drum production plant in Vorsino Industrial Park, Kaluga. The new facility, Greif’s ninth plant in Russia, is situated some 80 km south-west of Moscow and has already begun production of the company’s state-of-the-art drums, with a new intermediate bulk container (IBC) line due to be added in 2019.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Pete Watson, CEO of Greif, highlighted the expertise of the Greif team in Russia and the results that they have achieved over the past 25 years. Also In attendance were Dmitry Orlov, CEO of Gazprom Neft-Bitumen Materials, and Nikita Mikhin, deputy director of Obninskorgsintez, who both represented long-standing partners advocating Greif’s product quality and customer service excellence.
The new 6,000-m2
facility will employ a team of 50 and features an automatic steel drum line with an annual capacity of two million units. The facility is located close to several of Greif’s key customers.
“We are delighted to officially open this latest Greif facility to better serve our local customer base,” Konstantine Savinov, general manager of Greif Russia, said at the ceremony. “Delivering greater flexibility, reduced lead times and lower transportation costs is central to our ongoing improvement plans. The Kaluga plant will enable us to achieve all of this with existing partners and further build on our market leading position by introducing new customers.”
In terms of its global operations, Greif has introduced some improvements to its range of GCUBE IBCs, including the use of a GCUBE-branded aluminium foil seal on the butterfly valve instead of the generic seal previously supplied. The new seal is designed specifically to remove the risk of product counterfeiting while also offering customers the reassurance of improved product protection.
“We continue to invest in our GCUBE IBC solutions and this new branded butterfly valve seal is yet another significant market development,” says Luca Bettoni, IBC and plastic product manager, EMEA at Greif. “We are the first company to introduce a branded aluminium foil seal to its IBC valves, giving customers total confidence in the integrity of the seal and most importantly the contents of the container at its end destination.”
Both the branded foil seal and the safety screw can be removed by hand. Additionally, the technology that Greif uses means that no foil residue will be left on the valve outlet, eliminating the risk of contamination. “With this new valve we combine safety with the easiest handling: just your hand is enough to open the valve with no need for tools such as screwdrivers or cutters,” continues Bettoni.
The GCUBE IBC heralds a new generation, claims Greif, which first entered the sector in 2010 through the acquisition of Fustiplast. It now has ten IBC production facilities across the EMEA region and a total of 14 around the world. Greif was established more than 140 years ago and currently has an annual revenue of $3.7bn. The company has more than 13,000 employees in over 200 locations across more than 40 countries worldwide.
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The opening of Greif's new steel drum and IBC production plant near Moscow will underpin growth in local demand and plug a gap in Greif's global network