The activity of what is presently Tekni-Plex Europe NV started in Belgium in 1968 under the name Action Plastic & Rubber Co. In the late seventies, the name was changed to Action Technology Belgium NV and the company moved to its present premises at the Industrielaan in Erembodegem (Aalst).
In 1982, Action Technology Belgium NV acquired Gommaform a rubber producing company in Milano, Italy. This company is presently known as Action Technology Italia SpA.
In 1998, the US parent company was acquired by Tekni-Plex Inc with headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey. Subsequently the name of the company in Belgium was changed to Tekni-Plex Europe NV. This company operates with multiple divisions:
Action Technlogy Belgium, Tekni-Films Europe, Tri-Seal and Natvar.
Tekni-plex Europe NV also has three subsidiaries: Action Technology Italia SpA, Colorite Europe Ltd and Top-Seals GmbH in Gronau (Leine), Germany. Colorite Europe is a medical PVC compounding company located in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Tekni-Plex Europe NV has successfully obtained ISO 15378:2007 certification, which permits the company’s Belgium facility to design, develop, manufacture and sell packaging materials dedicated for the pharmaceutical and medical industry.
To receive this certification, companies must demonstrate the implementation and maintenance of a Quality Management System for primary packaging materials for medicinal products, as well as meet certain requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2000 in terms of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
The scope of the certificate includes Extrusion of tubing and film, lamination and slitting of films for medical and pharmaceutical packaging applications. “Auditors are always particularly impressed by the fact that all tubing and film production is made in Cleanroom; validated to ISO14644” says Steven Iemants, head of Quality.