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Beginning in father-in-law garage
Beginning in father-in-law garage

1972: Launch of our first workshop producing hand-made containers for the catering industry, operating out of the family garage in Lods,
           Franche-Comté, France. 

: Development of our self-service patisserie points in large and small supermarkets, and launch of the PATIPACK® range.

1978: Launch of MULTIPACK®, the first heat-formed, hinged food storage box.

1983: Construction of a new 2100 m² warehouse in Ornans.

1985: Broadening of the commercial structure to encompass traditional shops.

1986: Launch of an export department.

1987: Creation in Ornans of a PVC plastic sheet calendering unit.

1988: The company headquarters are relocated from Mouthier to a state-of-the-art facility in Ornans, and the company is renamed
           Guillin Emballages.

1989: Guillin Emballages floated on the second market of the Lyon stock exchange. Holding company Guillin Group founded.

1990: Acquisition of French competitors Alphaform and Dynaplast, along with their foothold in the traditional sales sector. 
            Creation of a distribution subsidiary: GPI UK in the United Kingdom.

1993: Takeover of Italian company Nespak, specialised in packaging for fruit and vegetables.

1996: Launch of a new range of baked-goods containers combining plastic and card: CLASSIPACK®.

1998: Environment - Changeover from PVC to PET and later integration of recycled PET.
           Construction of a new extrusion unit at Guillin Emballages.

1999: ISO 9001 Quality Certifcation secured for all companies in the Guillin Group family.

2000: Development of THERMIPACK®, which won an award for packaging and the European "Eurostar" award.

2001: Reinforcement of our position in the catering market with the acquisition of the Socamel/Rescaset group. 
            This takeover enhances our capacities in terms of sealing equipment, transportation and re-heating solutions.

2002: Launch of the new ARCHIPACK® and MARMIPACK® hot food containers. Acquisition of MacTrade, the main distributor for
           Guillin Emballages in Italy.

2003: Launch of our Spanish subsidiary, Guillin España.

2004: Acquisition of Polish firm Anis Opakowania.

2005: Acquisition by Anis Opakowania of the assets of the Polish company Blister Box which had a range of PP and OPS
           products complementary to that of Anis Opakowania.

2006: Acquisition by Veripack Embalajes of the assets relating to the fruit and vegetable packaging activity on the Barbera del Vallès
            site of Autobar Packaging Spain.
            Acquisition by Nespak of the UK company Premier Packaging.

2007: Acquisition by Socamel Technologies of the assets relating to the "meal distribution trolley" activity of Colston in England and
           creation of Socamel UK.

2008: Acquisition of the assets relating to the "hot/cold containers and sealing film" activity of Adéquation Packaging by Rescaset Concept.
           Launch of our Portuguese subsidiary Guillin Portugal.
           Environment: integration of recycled material in our production. 

2010: Acquisition of Sharp Interpack in the UK. 
            Further strengthening our presence in the food industry, particularly in the meat sector.

2011: Creation of Sharpak Aylesham, Sharpak Bridgwater, Sharpak Yate and Sharpak Nederland that became Guillin Nederland.
          Environment: reduction of the stacking pitches of packaging in order to optimise transport and the carbon footprint.

2012: Creation of Groupe Guillin Inmobiliaria España (Barcelona).

2013: Major innovations: DISTRIPACK®, WOKIPACK®, TAKIPACK®.
          Environment: design of thermoplaxed cardboard products.

2014: Veripack Embalajes win the 2014 Pack the Future Award in the Packaging societal benefit category for their DISTRIPACK®
           shaker during the Interpack fair in Düsseldorf.
           Creation of the German sales subsidiary GUILLIN DEUTSCHLAND.
           Creation of the Spanish sales subsidiary TECNOLOGIAS SOCAMEL 3000, 100% owned by Socamel Technologies.
           Environment: development of the FOOD K® range with sealable cardboard trays and plates.

2015: Acquisition of the KREIS Group which includes three companies: KIV KREIS GmbH, KFB GmbH in Germany and KREIS PACK Sp Z o.o. 
           in Poland.
           Major innovations: LUXIPACK®, FRESHIPACK®, COOKIPACK.
The UK Packaging Awards go to Sharpak for their FORTIS® Family Barbecue range.
           Environment: launch of the RESTIPULP® cellulose pulp range.

2016: The KREIS companies in Germany become KIV VERPACKUNGEN.
          The 2016 Food Management Today magazine Industry Award for the most innovative packaging development goes to Sharpak for their
          SHARPTEK® range.
          Environment: integration of cellulose pulp in collective catering business.

2017: Company Theodor R. Rist GmbH which was purchased in 2016 by Socamel Technologies, becomes Socamel Deutschland GmbH
          in Germany.

2018: Merger of the Polish companies Anis Opakowania and Kreis Pack to create Guillin Polska.
          Acquisition of the British CPET packaging business of the company Etimex Primary Packaging GmbH.
          Environment: launch of the partnership project with Paprec Recycling to create a recycling line dedicated to PET trays.
          Acquisition of the Thiolat Group with companies in France, Spain and Romania, specialised in cardboard paper packaging for the catering

2019: Acquisition of the company Flight Plastics Ltd. in the United Kingdom, specialized in plastic sheet manufacturing.
          Environment: launch of an exclusive partnership for Europe with Prevented Ocean PlasticTM  : integration into our packaging of a plastic collected from the worst-affected coasts of Indonesia and transformed info a quality raw material using a socially responsible process, certified by OceanCycle®.

2020 : Thiolat's Romanian subsidiary becomes Guillin Romania.
           Acquisition of Thermoflex SA in Switzerland, specialised in the distribution of food packaging throughout the Swiss market, mainly for the catering.