50 years of thermoforming craftsmanship and creativity
It all started with Alfons Neven.
Alfons Neven was a miller. He milled grain using the river Herk’s energy. In the 1920s he stopped milling grain and changed his company to function as a sawmill. He started making wooden bottle crates for local brewers. Alfons Neven passed away in 1939. His sons, Armand and Joseph Neven continued his legacy.
Some time after the brothers decided to part way. Armand Neven stayed and ran his father’s saw mill. While Joseph Neven went out on his own to start his own company. Nearing the 1960, a friend of Armand Neven, showed him a plastic bottle crate to store beer in. It was in that moment he knew that that the days of wooden crates were coming to an end.
But the investment to start manufacturing plastic bottle crates was too high. So he needed to look somewhere else. He needed to be innovative for the people closest to him. The local farmers.
He came up with the idea for small plastic containers to hold fruits, but especially mushrooms. And that’s how the blue plastic boxes for mushrooms were born.
A couple of years after this invention, Armand Neven decided to close down the saw mill and start ANL Plastics.
During this time ANL Plastics started growing and gaining fame for their expertise in food, non-food and confectionery. New factories were built in France and Poland to keep up with the demand and offer full European coverage.
Now ANL Plastics is ANL Packaging. A name that encompasses more of what we do. We don’t just make plastic. We make your packaging.
ANL Packaging realized a breakthrough by manufacturing separate partitions for biscuits and chocolates. These replaced the labour-intensive partitions made from paper and cardboard. To this day, trends in the market continue to be monitored very closely. We then translate these impulses from the market to bespoke packaging solutions.
This method of moving forward is still the foundation of our developments, both under our name and the many customized solutions we manufacture for our customers. Sturdy, reliable and high-quality packaging that stands out from the crowd in design and user-friendliness and truly places your brand and product in the spotlight.