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Packaging Industry in Bulgaria and Greece

Major Greek Companies

Aktena Syskevasia

Aktena Syskevasia was founded with its current

name in 1994 and has existed in a simpler form 5

years prior to that. It has since been serving at the

highest level the top supermarket and retail chains

and groups in Greece and Southeastern Europe. Its

clients include the most reputable companies in their


The company has its own facilities of over 9000 sq.

m which incorporate open space warehousing for its

products. These are located just off the Central Axis

of Athens-Lavrio Avenue, in proximity to the Athens

International Airport El.Venizelos and just off the Ath-

ens Ringroad. As for transport and logistics, the fleet

of trucks involves several sizes of owned trucks, con-

venient to serve the clients on immediate delivery

basis, as well as a number of internal handling tools

like numerous forklifts, precision and bulk scales and

unloading platforms. Aktena also has its own build-

ing of 3 level head offices, which is located on one of

the most central Avenues of Athens City, Vouliag-

menis Avenue.

“State of the art working spaces and options for

growth are involved in a dynamic space that reflects

the mentality of hard and clever work,” states the



Argo was founded in 1970 initially as an innovative

packaging laboratory serving the pharmaceutical in-

dustry. Six years after, the company also started pro-

ducing plastic bottles and closures for pharmaceuti-

cals. Argo was among the first to develop co-extru-

sion technology for the production of multilayer bot-

ket, using first class material from well known and

approved suppliers from abroad, always with respect

on the nature and the environment”, state company


Bonaplast is certified with an EN ISO 9001:2008

from TUV AUSTRIA HELLAS for the entire produc-

tion process, and at the recently created sector of

food packaging it’s certified with an EN ISO

22000:2005. In the sector of food packaging, the

company has made a dynamic entry by making

package production units in a specially constructed

place, covering every condition provided from the

national and community legislation.


DRUCKFARBEN Hellas Group comprises of a

group of companies with worldwide activities catering

to the ink, coating and energy saving sectors. DF Hel-

las produces inks for flexography and rotogravure

printing under the DRUCKFARBEN brand name us-

ing sub brands for the various applications in the food

packaging, plastic bags, cartons and related products.

In the coatings division it commercializes its deco-

rative and architectural paints products under the

KRAFT PAINTS brand and in the energy saving/ex-

ternal thermal insulation products under the BIOCLI-

MA brand.

The Group has an important and increasing inter-

The packaging industry at present is much more powerful and valuable than just

a receptacle. A report done by the market research company Canadean estimat-

ed that the growth of the packaging market in European countries between the

years 2014 and 2018 was around 2,1% per year, reaching above 1 billion packag-

ing units. In 2018, flexible packaging in particular was forecasted at 373,56 billion

units, majorly represented by bags and sachets, followed by films. During that

period the main client sector of the packaging industry was food with around 80%

of the market, with bakery and cereal segments representing around 37% of the

demand in 2018. Within Europe, Russia remained the leading consumer of pack-

aging, ahead of Turkey and Germany.

On the other hand, the European demand for rigid plastic packaging sustained

growth of 2,19% to 2,61% per year. The food sector used around 164 billion units

or approximately 56,2%, beverages 42,5% and dairy products 24,7% for the fore-

cast period.

Germany and Russia are generally considered to be the biggest consumers of

packaging in the continent, each with 13% of demand. Germany also reached 37

billion rigid plastic packaging units in 2018 according to Canadean. During the

years before 2018, European countries recorded moderate growth of 1,44 to

1,88% for rigid metal packaging demand. The United Kingdom was the largest

consumer, while Bulgaria set to record the highest CARG - at 12,08% by 2018.

In Southeastern Europe alone, most of the packaging material is imported. In

Moldova and Serbia, there are larger glass factories, while foreign investments in

(re)packaging are to be found in Albania as well as in Croatia due to growing

demand. Besides that, there is a number of smaller packaging production (for

example cartons and wooden boxes) and some re-packing facilities. Investments

in the packaging industry in the region are often realized in energy efficiency mea-

sures, in carton and wooden box production, in packaging and re-packaging facil-

ities combined with logistic centers, and in PET production.

In Greece, the packaging materials industry is not classified as a separate busi-

ness sector – instead it is distributed among other business fields, for example

paper products, publishing - printing and graphic arts, plastic - elastic products,

wood - cork and relevant products, metal products and construction and non-

metallic mineral products. The industrial operations on the national market that

involve packaging materials production are included in the food products, agricul-

tural products, beverages, pharmaceuticals - cosmetics, detergents and tobacco

products industries.

In the current article we present some of the most prominent players on the

packaging market in Southeastern Europe, specifically in Greece and Bulgaria.

Source: Dreamstime

tles. Later on Argo developed the production of col-

lapsible tubes and sterile eyedroppers. During the

nineties Argo started its geographical market expan-

sion, which included building an extensive sales net-

work, establishing a plant in Romania, and strength-

ening its position in the North East European mar-


Argo also manufactures a wide range of plastic

containers in sizes up to 5l and offers a broad range

of products, such as plastic closures, droppers, vi-

als, bottles, canisters, tubes and dosing systems.

“The company meets its customers’ specific re-

quirements by selecting the appropriate polymer res-

in and processing equipment from a great available

variety. Argo’s product line also includes bottles for

syrups, honey, dressings, mayonnaise, single and

multilayer bottles for ketchup and sauces, single and

multilayer bottles for fresh and UHT milk, bottles for

dairy based beverages and others,” writes the offi-

cial website of the company.


Bonaplast was founded in 1979 as an Ltd compa-

ny and has been operating as an Inc company since

1988 with the same founders. Its state-of-the-art fa-

cilities are located in Markopoulos, in Attika (Meren-

da district) and they cover a 4000 sq. m area with

staged buildings, on a total area of 15 000 sq. m.

They are located around 25 km away from the cen-

tre of Athens and 5 km away from the El. Venizelos


“With coordinated endeavors from all of our part-

ners and many successful management decisions,

the once small company was transformed into a

competitive and notable company, holding a big

share of the high standard product packaging mar-

Source: Bonaplast