The plastic blow-moulding and extrusion operation was established in 1982 by Commercial Investment Corporation (Pty) Ltd when they bought a few machines from Kroonstêr Melkery, the then local dairy, who manufactured their own milk bottles. From these humble beginnings Plastic Packaging grew to a formidable manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of packaging materials.
On the 2nd of April 2001, the then management team, in conjunction with other investors, bought the packaging division from Commercial Investment Corporation. We are now a totally independent private company, wholly owned by Namibians and managed by its owners.
During the years, demand for additional branches and depots grew across the country. our first branch was established in Walvis Bay during 1995. Lüderitz branch followed in 1996 and Oshakati in 1999. Keetmanshoop was opened in 2002 and since then, only agents were appointed such as B & J Ondernemings in Okahandja (now called Visser & General) and Rundu.
During 2003, we reached across the Orange River into South Africa and found that Upington would be a suitable area to settle. The need to expand internationally grew in 2004, thus Angola was next on the list with our first branch located in the city of Lubango in the south of the country. Benguela followed in 2005. As in Namibia, the demand for more branches grew and our Huambo branch was established in 2009. Today we have branches in Lubango, Benguela and Luanda, operating under the name Ango Plasticos. We also expanded further, and a fully operational factory was established in Lubango, under the name Huila Packaging.
Understanding the value of recycling and the impact of plastic waste on the environment of Namibia, our company identified the need to invest in recycling and therefore incorporated the Namibia Polymer Recycling plant in Okahandja. Through the acquisition Plastic Packaging understands the value of re-using recycled plastic materials and took the next logical step to venture into a new market.
Namibia Plastic Converters (Pty) Ltd in Okahandja was incorporated into the Plastic Packaging Group in 2018, and this closed the recycling chain to convert the recycled plastic raw material from our recycling plant, into usable products such as irrigation pipes.
Today the Plastic Packaging group employs more than 500 employees, and the group has 13 branches and four manufacturing facilities throughout Namibia, Angola and South-Africa.