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Plastic Packaging packs 30 in style


by Senior Writer Jemima Beukes
Business

 

Plastic Packaging (PP), a wholly  Namibian-owned enterprise in just thirty years is not only dominating the market in Namibia but also managed to make its mark both in the South Africa and Angola markets.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) Schalk Burger says since becoming a private company in 2001, the growth has been phenomenal.
“In 2001 when we were bought from the holding company C.I.C (Commercial Investment Corporation), the machines and equipment were the one from “Kroonster Dairy” that had been used at the start of the company in 1982. That time Plastic Packaging had approximately 30 employees and only 5 machines. Thirty years down the line and we currently employ a total of 515 people and operate with approximately 50-odd machines. Starting with only one outlet/factory back then, we now have 11- 3 of which are factories- offices across 3 countries,” Burger says.
PP runs a fully fledged office in Upington that serves at least 15 small towns that stretch into South Africa and villages such as Springbok, Pofadder, Keimoes, Kakamas ( and surrounding areas) Groblershoop, Olifantshoek, Kathu, Kuruman, Danielskuil and Postmasburg.
Its business arm stretches as far as the Angolan market where they serve towns like Lubango, Benguela, Huambo and Luanda.
 “We will celebrate our birthday along with our year-end- celebrations later this year. For now, we are celebrating our existence through our customers, especially the Namibian people.  If not for them, we would not have been successful at all. Thus we celebrate with a competition with prizes valued at more than N$ 80 000,” says Schalk.
Prizes for this competition are gift vouchers as well as Samsung products and a grand price, a fully paid get-away to Wolwedans Lodge.
PP will soon establish a manufacturing factory in Lubango.
A recent 50/50 joint venture with a South African liquid packaging company will see PP become one of the major liquid packaging suppliers in the region.
In the meantime, as the main supplier of vital sheeting products for export bound fish products and has over the years served companies such as Hangana, Tunacor and Novanam fishing companies.
Their products also include items such as wheelie bins which they supply to local municipalities.
PP is excited at the prospect to involve previously disadvantaged people in the mainstream economy, such as the recent buy-in by Stimulus Holding, a BEE investment company.
 He says that only 30% of their products are imported because of expensive machinery, out of the 70% manufactured products they supply to consumers.