Van Hollebeke Plastics (VH Plastics) is a family owned business established in 1969 by Mr. Paul Van Hollebeke and his wife Jenny Verstraete in the city of Roeselare, Belgium. Their son, Frank, is the current CEO. Third generation Hollebekes are currently working in the company, thus securing family succession and a clear vision for the future.
VH Plastics is a producer of custom-made HDPE and LDPE films in widths ranging from 200 to 3600 mm (8“ to 140”) and thicknesses ranging from 5µm to 250µm (0.2 to 10 mils). Formats include sheeting, tubing, open tubing, and gusseted tubing. Applications include lamination films, food packaging and films used in the construction industry.
In late 2018, Mr. Frank Alexy, Sales Manager – Smart Bubble® Lines, and Mrs. Patrizia Bizon-Thiebus, Marketing & Sales Coordinator, for Kuhne Anlagenbau, the blown film division of the Kuhne Group, had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Frank Van Hollebeke and have a candid talk about VH Plastics and it navigates the current business environment.
Mr. Van Hollebeke explained that in their line of business there is constant downward pressure on prices and upward pressure on wages and transportation costs. This creates a situation where obtaining a higher margin on their plastic film is almost impossible. For this reason, operational efficiency and film quality are critical for the success of VH Plastics.