In 1976 Rienk Dijkstra, at this time working for Stork Plastics Machinery in Hengelo, got approached by Jo Bekkers, co-founder and former owner of Beckers Snacks BV, known for the meatballs. Together they create the idea to start a factory to produce plastics packaging containers for the food industry. Jo Bekkers provides the commercial contacts and starting capital while Rienk Dijkstra takes the technical implementation and production for its account. And thus a new factory named Bekkers and Dijkstra B.V. was established in May 1977.
After some minor startup hurdles, the company rapidly grows and in 1980 the first expansion is realized. Meanwhile Rienks’ wife, Mieke Dijkstra, joins the company with complete dedication and huge enthusiasm. She takes a major role in the further development by taking care of the administration, purchasing, sales and human resources. The company is growing steadily under the inspiring leadership of Rienk and Mieke Dijkstra. Jo Bekkers realizes he can withdraw from the company and in 1987 Rienk Dijksta becomes the sole owner and the company name changes to Dijkstra Plastics B.V.
In order to also be able to provide the printing on the containers, Dijkstra Plastics invest in their first printing machines. The packaging containers are no longer produced for only the food industry, but increasingly find their way into the paint and plastering industry aswell into the floral market.
In 1988, Dijkstra Plastics buys the neighboring property of “Hassink Printing” and converts the property into offices to accompany the growing staff and sales team. Not much later another expansion is realized, with the current production facility in Haaksbergen now covering a sheer 20.000 m2.
The maintenance and construction of injection moulds is becoming a growing problem with the increasing product range. To solve the issue Dijkstra Plastics builds his own mould making division. With acquired staff from Gemavo B.V. and brand new purchased equipment for the metalworking workshop, all of the maintenance and construction of injection molds is now done within the company.
In 2008 the production facility of Dijkstra Plastics gets a massive transformation. And increased production capacity is realized together with optimal logistics and the construction of a complete new office. Since the realization of this project, the office building of Dijkstra Plastics B.V. has become the eyecatcher of the industrial area ‘t Vark.
DEDICATED SUPPLIER IN ALL BRANCHES
Quality, service and reliability are our key words in the products we supply and the way we work; “We say what we do and we do what we say!” As a manufacturing company Dijkstra Plastics develops and produces plastic packaging containers for food and non-food markets. You will find our products all over the world. Thanks to an extensive and modern production facility we can keep the quality of our products at the highest level and are we able to respond rapidly on the demands of the market.
Dijkstra Plastics takes over branche companion HK Plastics
HK Plastics B.V. has recently been added to Dijkstra Plastics B.V. This strategic acquisition creates the largest Dutch producer of injection moulded packaging container for food and non-food industries. With the acquisition, Dijkstra Plastics reinforces its position in Europe to compete as one of the leading production facilities for packaging containers.
With the acquisition of HK Plastics a number of significant benefits will directly benefit our company. A wider range of products combined with an optimal use of resources and production capacity will directly benefit our clients. De packaging industry is changing rapidly as the big companies grow bigger. The reason for HK Plastics to link up with a top 10 player was to maintain the competitiveness and added value and together with Dijkstra Plastics it will reinforce its potential in the European market. The acquisition brings Dijkstra Plastics to position four in sales turnover on packaging containers in Europe, with HK Plastics bringing in new market segments like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pet food and fish industry.”