Greif’s steel drum plant in Germany celebrates 90th anniversary

Date: 2018-10-10

Industrial packaging specialist Greif is delighted to be celebrating 90 years of production at its Hamburg facility. Founded in 1928 by Dutch entrepreneur Bernard van Leer, the Hamburg plant started out as a manufacturer of steel drums for the oil industry and asphalt drums for tar products.

Today it is a specialist producer of large steel drums and tight head intermediate steel drums for the global oil and lubricants industry, manufacturing more than one million large steel drums and 700,000 intermediate steel drums annually. The Hamburg plant continues to lead the way in new product development, designing and producing steel drums to exacting standards with a range of specialist features and accreditations. Ongoing investment in innovation, aligned to a strong focus on customer service has enabled the Hamburg plant to excel during its 90 year history.  

Commenting on reaching the 90 year milestone business unit manager, Patrick Mullaney said: “We are immensely proud to have reached such a significant achievement. Over the years the business has risen to the challenges and thanks to ongoing investment from the group and the expertise of our talented team, we have become the successful business we are today. The business has a really strong team spirit and is committed to attracting and retaining talented individuals. We have employees that have been with us for 40 years and I am delighted to add that we continue to attract the very best people and talent.” 

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