It all started with a small factory making fermented Baltic herring in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
The starting point for Greif Falkenberg, Sweden was indeed with fermented Baltic herring.
However, Gösta Hannells Fisksalteri AB encountered problems during the Second World War. Although there was no shortage of fish, it was harder to get hold of drums. So the inventive fish salting company started its own production with an enterprising initiative that proved to be the start of former Hannells Industrier AB, today a part of the global industrial packaging company Greif.
From Örnsköldsvik to Falkenberg
The packaging production grew quickly. At the beginning of the 1950s, the first steel drums were manufactured, which led to setting up an entire purpose-built factory. Production in Örnsköldsvik started in 1955.
The plant in Falkenberg was set up to serve the west-coast petrochemical industry whose operations were in full swing in 1968. At first only steel drums were manufactured, but the following year fiber-drum manufacture started, to be followed in quick succession by the development and production of more and more new products. Production of plastic packaging, an important growth sector today, was already introduced in 1973.
Denmark and Norway joins the group
Denmark was conquered in 1998 by the acquisition of Erik Roug A/S. The company already manufactured steel and plastic drums, but later also plastic jerry cans and bottles at the plant in Herning.
The next company to be acquired was the Norwegian steel drum manufacturer Fredrikstad Blikk & Steelvarefabrikk. After the change of ownership in 2001, the range was extended by various plastic products. Kemetyl’s plant for special bottles, as well as Östensjö’s production of plastic drums in Norway was acquired in 2008.
Focus on plastic and steel
During 2007, drum production in Örnsköldsvik was discontinued, but the fermented Baltic herring factory remained a part of the group. In December 2008 the tinplate department was sold to the Emballator group.
Hannells became Greif
In November 2009 the Hannells sites in Falkenberg, Fredrikstad and Herning were sold to Greif which with their global presence meant an owner with great capacity.
Already in the Greif Scandinavia group were Greif Hedehusene, Denmark which was founded in Roskilde in 1956 by the builder Sven Müller and was initially called "Sven Müllers Packaging fabrik ApS". Initially, small paper jars (Claro Fiber drums) were manufactured in sizes from 1 to 10 liters. The jars were mainly used to pack cleaning agents but because of the competition from the plastics industry, the production stopped in 1968.
Greif then began production of larger "cardboard cans" in sizes from 10 to 1,400 liters. It is these "cans" that we today call SM fiber drums, together with SM DEKO pipes and SM Casting Cylinders which are still the basis for our production in Denmark.
Local & Global
After Sven Müller's death in 1991, the company was taken over in March 1993 by the Dutch group Royal Packaging Industries Van Leer BV and changed its name in 1995 to Van Leer Denmark A / S.
At the change of ownership, we also took over the handling in Denmark of the Van-Leer Group's other transport containers, i.e. special steel and plastic barrels, 1000 liters for single use and reusable IBC containers. Later we also started with a local production of airbags - one that secures goods during long transport.
In March 2001, Greif took over the entire Van Leer Industrial Packaging and Greif Danmark A/S was thus part of the world's largest manufacturer of industrial packaging.
Greif Scandinavia today - 2020
The sites in Herning, Denmark and Fredrikstad, Norway are now closed down and production has been centralized to Falkenberg, Sweden with production of steel drums, plastic drums, plastic jerry cans, injection molded boxes and IBCs.
Together with Greif’s plants in Västerhaninge, Sweden for steel drums and Hedehusene, Denmark, for fiber, the three sites form Greif Scandinavia with its head office in Falkenberg, Sweden.