Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging develops and produces flexible packaging film and foils. For the food industry as well as stretch-foil to protect products on pallets. But also technical film for construction of the car industry.
Driving past the company AFP at the Laan van Westenenk, you’ll probably won’t realize that production is going on 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 51 weeks per year. Production only stops between Christmas and New year’s Eve. 50 million kilos of foil leave the assembly line each year.
AFP is a prime example of an innovative Apeldoorn company with an impressive clientele which is still a little unknown to the average Apeldoorn resident. But not to clients like Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Heineken. Throughout all of Russia the pallets of Heineken beer are packaged using the AFP stretch-foil. As a consumer you also get a good chance of regularly buying products packaged using AFP foil. About 80% of all bread packaging is made by AFP.
225 Employees work for AFP, over 80% of which live in Apeldoorn. Together they take care of a revenue of roughly 115 million euro per year. About three quarters of this revenue is from export. AFP is supplier for clients all over the world, with a focus on Western Europe. But export also takes place to Korea, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and the USA. Expectations are that export will grow even further, especially in Asian countries and the United States
Why do these clients come to AFP? “We deliver good quality, if not the best in the world for our markets,” tells managing director Frank van den Berg. “And through continuous innovation, we want to keep that spot. We produce using the newest multilayer techniques (a whole 51 layers) and are able to work closely with the clients, from the right composition of the plastics to the right setting on the client’s wrapping machines. It is an art to guarantee maximum security with the minimum amount of film.”
At the moment AFP is working on its biggest investment since the start of the company’s 50-years of history: a new line of machines for pallet wrapping film. “Using this we can make a leap in quality and 40% increase of volume.”
Export countries: worldwide, focus on Western Europe