Greif, a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, recently welcomed over 200 guests to the official opening of its new state-of-the-art Russian steel drum production plant in Vorsino Industrial Park, Kaluga.
The Kaluga facility is situated 80km southwest of Moscow and becomes the ninth production facility in Russia.
Steel drum production commences immediately with an IBC line to be launched in 2019.
Pete Watson, Chief Executive Officer and President of Greif Inc. emphasized the expertise of the Greif team in Russia and the results achieved during the past 25 years to attendees including Iliya Veselov, Minister of Economy for the Kaluga region.
Also in attendance were Dmitry Orlov, CEO of Gazprom Neft-Bitumen Materials, and Nikita Mikhin,Deputy Director of Obninskorgsintez, who represent long-standing partners advocating Greif’s product quality and customer service excellence.
The new 6000 square metre facility will employ a team of 50 and features an automatic steel drum line with an annual capacity of two million units. Strategically located in the central region of Russia, the plant is within the Moscow transportation hub and in close proximity to several key customers including Gazprom Neft and Obninskorgsintez.
Konstantine Savinov, General Manager of Greif Russia, explained: “We are delighted to officially open this latest Greif facility to better serve our local customer base. Delivering greater flexibility, reduced lead times and lower transportation costs is central to our ongoing continuous improvement plans. The Kaluga plant will enable us to achieve all of this with existing partners and further build on our market leading position through introducing new customers.”