The ALPLA Group, the global packaging solutions and recycling specialist, increased its turnover in the 2021 financial year by 8.4 per cent to four billion euros. The number of employees worldwide increased to 22,100. In addition to investments in recycling and in the development of bio-based and biodegradable plastics, the company expanded through acquisitions and participations.

‘We have put ourselves in a strong position internationally in recent years, invested in the recyclability of plastics and in new technologies and materials, and achieved a new sales record in 2021. We want to secure this positive development sustainably and in the long term,’ emphasises ALPLA CEO Philipp Lehner. With an increase in turnover of 8.4 per cent to four billion euros, the previous year was significantly exceeded.

Expansion and globalisation of recycling
Since 2021, the ALPLA Group has invested an average of 50 million euros annually in the expansion of recycling activities. By 2025, the recycling loops are to be closed in as many regions as possible. ‘Our customers’ demand for high-quality recycled materials is also growing outside Europe. In the long term, we want to cover between 70 and 80 per cent of demand with our own production,’ says Philipp Lehner.

Outlook 2022
Growth of three to five per cent is the target for the 2022 financial year. ‘Numerous projects and acquisitions in the USA, Mexico, Asia-Pacific region and Western Europe enable us to strengthen existing and enter new product and market segments,’ Lehner emphasises. With the new Asia-Pacific (APAC) region coming on stream in early 2022, ALPLA is also expanding the reach of its industry-leading mould technology in the growing Asian market and driving the expansion of the circular economy in the region.

ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 22,100 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 177 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates its own recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Poland, Mexico, Italy and Spain, and also in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.

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