US industrial packaging products and services provider Greif has opened a new intermediate bulk container (IBC) plant in Ede, the Netherlands.

The company has developed the 90,000m² facility in co-operation with its partner Tholu to offer latest IBC technologies, with a specific focus on the food industry.

The facility, which is located near Tholu’s IBC reconditioning site, contains a warehouse and production plant with two IBC lines.

"Located in the heart of the Netherlands with excellent transport links means we are ideally placed to serve customers in the Benelux region."

Greif EMEA IBC and plastic product manager Luca Bettoni said: “We are extremely excited about this new venture which marks another step in our roadmap to becoming the world’s best performing customer service company in industrial packaging.

“Located in the heart of the Netherlands with excellent transport links means we are ideally placed to serve customers in the Benelux region, and allows us to offer them our full portfolio of GCUBE IBC solutions.”

The plant is equipped with clean room blow moulding capabilities and adheres to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and ISO 22000-4.

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The investment in the new plant comes after Greif has opened an IBC facility in Mendig, Germany.

Greif plans to make further investment in new facilities across EMEA over the next few years, including Russia in 2019.

The company marked its entry into the IBC market with the acquisition of Fustiplast in 2010. Currently, it operates nine IBC facilities across EMEA and 13 globally.