Two and a half years ago, Cas van der Lee’s internship at Vetipak got off to a disastrous start when the coronavirus outbreak forced him to do most of it from home. Despite this, the former Technical Business Administration student remembers the period fondly. In fact, the 24-year-old from Vinkel now works with us as a management trainee, and has since become something of an ERP expert.
Vetipak moves into the medical world
Strategic partnership with ECM Europe
Vetipak moves into the medical world
Co-packer and co-manufacturer Vetipak is expanding its activities into a new sector. The company has entered into a strategic partnership with ECM Europe, which is active in the supply chain for high-quality medical supplies. The partnership between the Dutch companies will enable both companies to grow, in terms of both quality and quantity.
The partnership agreement was signed by the shareholders of both companies on 15 March, as a result of which both companies have become the owners of ECM Holding B.V. Vetipak will mainly support ECM with its knowledge in the fields of engineering, automation, and the upscaling of production. This will enable ECM to dramatically scale up its production and open a second location in the very near future.
Adding value in the supply chain
According to Mark van der Burgt, Chief Commercial Officer at Vetipak, the two companies are an excellent fit. “We’re both European players that are family firms at heart. Plus, we’re both constantly looking for ways to add value: from development and assembly to production and packaging. Now we’ll be applying Vetipak’s knowledge and experience in the field of innovation to benefit ECM as well. And Vetipak will benefit by acquiring new knowledge about the high-quality approach that characterizes the supply chain for medical supplies. The Medical Device Regulation, the strict European legislation for medical supplies, plays a significant role in this.”
No further changes are planned for ECM’s operational organization over the coming years. The four-person board will also remain at the helm to lead the company into its next phase. Jeanne van Gerwen, Managing Director at ECM, is pleased with the partnership: “We’re an extremely healthy company with an order portfolio that is full for the next several years. Our main challenge is to continue to satisfy our customers’ growing demand, in terms of both quality and quantity. With Vetipak’s knowledge and expertise, we’ll be able to do that. That’s good for our customers, and it presents new opportunities for our current employees as well as our future workers, because we will definitely need more workers in the future.”
About ECM Europe
ECM Europe is specialized in the development, assembly, production, sterilization, and packaging of high-quality medical supplies. The company from Gemert, the Netherlands, has earned a leading role in the European market, especially in the areas of medical tubing sets and medical swabs. These items are used by hospitals throughout Europe for treatments such as open heart surgery, blood and fluid warming, ophthalmology, and organ transplants. ECM has been operating for more than 30 years, and employs around 50 people.
Vetipak is a specialist in the field of innovative, scalable, and high-quality co-packaging and co-manufacturing solutions. The company from Oss, the Netherlands, mainly works for top European brands and private labels in the field of fast-moving consumer goods. At the moment, the rapidly growing company is active in five markets: Confectionery, Food, Pet Food, Consumer Electronics, and Personal Care. Vetipak was founded 26 years ago, has 11 locations, and employs 650 people.
Do you have any questions about this article?
Please contact Mark van der Burgt - Chief Commercial Officer at Vetipak (+31 88 838 47 38) or Jeanne van Gerwen - Managing Director at ECM (+31 (0)492 37 12 32).
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