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Mauser’s NCG, Noreko create JV to offer HDPE recycling services in Scandinavia

National Container Group (NCG), the reconditioning subsidiary of industrial packaging firm Mauser, has established a joint venture (JV) with Noreko in Scandinavia.

NCG acquired a 51% stake in Noreko AS. The newly established JV will expand NCG’s geographical presence to Scandinavia.

Dubbed NCG-Noreko AS in Norway and NCG-Noreko AB in Sweden, the two Noreko companies will become fully integrated members of the NCG network in the EMEA region.

Both new firms will provide intermediate bulk container (IBC) washing, re-bottling and laundry services, in addition to HDPE recycling services to the Scandinavian market.

NCG-Noreko will also offer recollection services for empty IBCs in the region.

The new entities will be headed by managing director Torstein Østensjø, who is a former licensee and partner of the Mauser family.

The two firms are said to become fully integrated members of the NCG network in the EMEA region, helping Mauser/NCG to offer enhanced products and services for the management of industrial packaging.

NCG EMEA head Ernest van den Boogerd said: “Together with Torstein Østensjø we are both convinced, that the combination of our strengths will be to the benefit of our customers.

“We are committed to continue further expansion of our presence in the Scandinavian market and for providing best in class customer service and the markets most comprehensive product/service offering.”

With around 5,000 employees, Mauser produces industrial packaging solutions for the customers in the chemical, agrochemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors. It also serves the food and beverage industries.

The company produces products such as plastic packaging, fiber drums, steel drums and IBCs.

In June 2017, Mauser announced an investment of $10m in a new packaging facility in Geismar, Louisiana, US.

The new facility is being developed to produce custom-engineered plastic containers for shipping industrial chemicals.