Press Release



ESE World B.V., one of Europe’s leading providers of solutions for the temporary storage of waste and recyclables, now announced the successful completion of the sale of the ESE group to RPC Group Plc.

The transaction with effective date of December 31st 2016 has successfully been completed on January 31st 2017.

ESE World B.V. looks back to a very positive development in recent years with investment in extended production capacities and moulds for unique innovative and sustainable products. In subsidiaries Europe-wide and production facilities in Germany and France ESE employs approximately 600 full time employees.

For the year ending 31 December 2016 the company achieved total revenues of € 208 million. ESE sees the sale to RPC as a large step forward providing best conditions to take its positive strategical development to the next stage.

Björn Hedenström, Chief Executive Officer of ESE, will continue to lead the business which will be an independent business unit within the RPC group.

RPC Group, with an annual revenue exceeding € 3.2 bn, is a leading plastic products design and engineering company for packaging and selected non-packaging markets.

In 28 innovation centers and over 150 operations in 31 countries the RPC group employs more than 20,000 people. The company is one of the largest plastic converters in Europe and has operations within injection-moulding, thermoforming, blow-moulding and rotational-moulding.

“Becoming part of this strong and dynamic industrial group will give us synergies and valuable competence exchange with leading innovative companies in- and outside of Europe”, says ESE CEO Björn Hedenström. “Our aim is to expand our business by further development of products, product-range and geographic footprint.”

Pim Vervaat, Chief Executive of RPC, commented: “The acquisition of ESE represents a strategic opportunity to enter into a high added value polymer consuming segment in a stable and growing European market, with good management and well-established market positions supported by industry recognised branded products.”