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Ranpak to move to new sustainable commercial building

Packaging Solutions

Ranpak Holdings has announced that it is partnering with real estate developer Boelens de Gruyter to create a new facility in Kerkrade, Limburg, The Netherlands. The new development will consolidate the company’s Protective Packaging and Automation businesses into one location that allows for more efficient operations with better team interaction and innovation in a highly sustainable facility. Additionally, the facility is being built specifically with the customer in mind, driving an enhanced experience for all visitors and employees. This project consolidates three existing European facilities into one, with 350 employees and a plan for future growth. The facility will include manufacturing, engineering, warehousing, research and development and other office spaces along with a new inspiring Customer Experience Center. The building is expected to be completed by October 2022.

‘The starting point for this project was the fact that we needed 60% more production space and double the office space to accommodate growth. It also gives us the opportunity to integrate Ranpak Protective Packaging Solutions and Automation into one modern and inspiring facility while also making the terrain more sustainable and improving the area as a whole,’ said Eric Laurensse, managing director, Ranpak Europe. ‘In addition to using sustainable energy, including solar panels on the roof and plenty of windows and skylights for natural lighting, we are also providing charging stations for electric vehicles and bicycles. We are paying close attention to landscaping, minimising water consumption and adding trees to the site. We have made major changes in the design phase, so that the quality of life for the neighbors will not be disrupted as a result of our operations. This is in line with our tagline: ‘Deliver a Better World’, not only for our customers, but also for our neighbors and employees.’

The building comprises 25,000 m2 of production space and logistics, 3100 m2 of offices and more than 500 m2 for the new customer experience centre. The building features a contemporary design including an attractive finish that mimics the look of Ranpak’s paper products. It is an energy neutral facility that features full recycling and waste management capabilities, is fully temperature controlled and will use no fossil fuels for heating, with solar panels being the primary energy source to heat the building from the floor. The design qualifies for a ‘very good’ ranking according to BREEAM. The placement of the building on the property and the routing of trucks has been designed to create minimal impact on the homes, businesses and recreational areas that are nearby.


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