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The Fifties:
The foundation of our current company was laid in 1948 by J.M. Oerlemans, who started with a spraying contracting company and soon discovered that trading in agricultural and horticultural equipment, including plastic film, is a logical consequence of the first activity.

The Sixties:
A new company building with offices was taken into use. The activities were expanded with soil decontamination glasshouse and open field horticulture. The increase in the size of the company prompted a different business form and new company name ‘Handelsonderneming Oerlemans NV’. In the subsequent years the trade in film products and soil decontamination were split into separate companies.

The Seventies:
The activities in plastic film products became  larger in scale. The oil crisis in 1973 contributed to the decision to start extruding plastic films independently. It then became a real production company.

The market segments agriculture and horticulture, wholesalers of small plastics and industry were apparently a good choice. After all, it quickly became clear that production capacity was inadequate. New extruders and finishing machines were purchased in order to meet customer’s increased demands.

The Eighties:
As time went on the number of producers and customers increased. The pioneering phase in which a small range was made with relatively simple production facilities had long since made way for a phase of ongoing growth in which upscaling and modern production facilities were essential.
With the support of the then parent company Kleiberg Beheer BV, Oerlemans Plastics developed into a modern, advanced business. The goal of Oerlemans Plastics was to improve quality and broaden the range. This is why a great deal was invested in new buildings (now 8000 m²), machines, installations and product development during this period. Oerlemans Plastics products were sold in the Netherlands and the neighbouring countries. The business had approximately 70 employees at that time.

The Nineties:
The expansion investments that took place at the end of 1989 were now to contribute to the profits. Quality thought, in the broadest sense of the concept, made its entrance. The term ‘OPUS’, which stands for Oerlemans Plastics in the starting blocks, was launched. This term indicated the necessity to boost the quality and the service in the organisation to a high level.
The buildings had then been expanded to 10,500 m². The number of employees had reached approximately 100 and the NWBC-CLA was joined on 01-04-’90.

The year 1991:
Another great step in the expansion of our company took place. Our then parent company Kleiberg Beheer BV relocated to office premises in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We now had the opportunity to fulfil a long-held wish, namely to build a modern office building. Construction and relocation had been completed by the end of 1992.

The years ’96/’97:
After several years of consolidation and optimisation it was time to continue the expansion of our company. The industrial estate in Genderen had become too small for the implementation of our future plans. Business premises were purchased at Industrieweg 7 in Giessen. This object was 20,000 m², of which 8000 m² built, was to house our print shop and finishing operation. It gave the extrusion department in Genderen the space to continue its expansion. A new film blow extrusion technique made its appearance. Oerlemans Plastics had been specialised in mono-layer extrusion. Now our customers could also buy co-extrusion products from us.

The business now consisted of 105 employees. Approximately 45 employees worked in Giessen, and approximately 60 in Genderen.

The years ’98/’99:
Oerlemans Plastics BV grew apace. In these years a great deal was invested in modernising the machinery in Genderen and Giessen. The body of staff in both Genderen and Giessen expanded to 80 employees. There were now (2002) a total of 170 staff working at Oerlemans Plastics BV.

The vision of Oerlemans Plastics is geared to being a total provider with a wide range. In 1999, this formulated strategy resulted in the acquisition of: Perfon BV in Goor:

Perfon is a plastics industry that is geared to the production and sale of polypropylene sheets and flower film. The semi-finished products were purchased and cut, wrapped and punched into finished products in the Perfon production department. The finished products were sold in the small plastics market and to wholesalers and horticultural suppliers for the flower film. Perfon BV employed full time and 10 part time staff.

The years 2000/’01: Plasthill B.V. in Hillegom:
Plasthill BV joined the group on 1 January 2000. Plasthill was a leading producer of polythene film products. Mono-extrusion was used to manufacture films for the agriculture and horticulture sector and non-food.

The knowledge that Plasthill had gained in the preceding 5 decades was excellently applicable in a wide range of films manufactured from materials including LDPE, MDPE, LLDPE, MLLDPE and various blends, semi and finished products were created on the basis of constant innovation in the Plasthill R&D department. Plasthill employed 65 staff.

Oerlemans Packaging BV:
These acquisitions created a broad base for the further expansion of the plastics companies. All of the plastics companies were now part of the division holding Oerlemans Packaging BV. The Board of Oerlemans Packaging was chaired by J.A.A.M. Hanegraaf MBA.

On 31 May 2007, Kleiberg Beheer BV and director Joan Hanegraaf agreed to transfer the shares of Oerlemans Packaging BV. This was a Management Buy-out. Joan Hanegraaf became the sole shareholder through Hanegraaf Holding BV. Joan had been working in the Kleiberg Group for 22 years at that point, thirteen of which in the position of director of Oerlemans Packaging BV. No further changes were made in the organisation of Oerlemans Packaging B.V. and the business continued following its stated strategy.

The extension of the printing shop was taken into use in the second half of 2007. Another 500 m2 was added to the production space. This was necessary in order to place the new investment in an 8 colour W&H printing press. The new printing press was the state of the art in the field of flexo printing, with a maximum output of 600 mtrs per minute.

At the end of 2007 the majority of the logistics department in Genderen relocated to the new warehouse in Giessen. This expansion had floor space of 4000 m2 and 8000 pallet places. When we took this new warehouse into use the years of chronic lack of storage capacity ended and we were able to focus on the efficient management of the internal and external logistics processes.
Oerlemans Plastics employed 250 staff at this time, 85 of which at the Genderen site and 165 at the Giessen site.

Oerlemans Packaging BV was expanded with Oosterwolde Plastics Industrie BV in Oosterwolde (Fr). O.P.I. was a production company of PE plastic plastics and film. In Oosterwolde (Fr) the blow extrusion procedure was used to produce a wide range of printed and unprinted PE plastics in both mono quality and multi-layer quality. One of the specialities of OPI is the production of meat plastics, film, sheets and bags. OPL produces waste bags in an extremely efficient way with modern and fast machines, including printing if desired, immediately behind the extruder.

Fardem Packaging BV joined the Oerlemans Packaging group. Fardem Packaging is a leading producer of plastic industrial plastics and film. Both mono and coex films are produced in Edam. One of the specialities of Fardem plastics is the production of 25-50 kg plastics for industry. These films/tubes or bags can be printed in line to 6 colours extremely efficiently. The development of new blends means that the film thickness is constantly being reduced, while retaining the mechanical properties.