Over 60 years ago, the brothers Helmuth and Alwin Lehner founded the company ‘Alpenplastik Lehner Alwin GmbH’. Their initial assets consisted of courage, hard work and an injection moulding machine acquired at low cost. They converted the laundry room in their parents’ home into a production hall, and they were grateful for every helping hand they got. Their passion for technical challenges remains unparalleled to this day and is one of the cornerstones of our company’s history.
Company is founded as ‘Alpenplastik Lehner Alwin GmbH’ in Hard (Austria).
Alwin Lehner designs and builds the company’s first in-house machine – the legendary Alplamat. The continuous development of this series of machines forms the basis for the technology leadership of ALPLA.
The first bottle for glass cleaners produced by the Siegel company.
First branch outside of Austria opens in Markdorf (Germany).
First plant in Latin America opens in San Joaquin (Venezuela).
The company now has six branches in three countries, with around 1,200 employees.
First in-house plant in Lomazzo (Italy): bottles are produced here directly at the customer’s bottling facility, with numerous environmental and economic benefits.
PET takes over from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) as a packaging material; ALPLA develops the first two-step PET bottle.
The ALPLA Global Technical Center opens in Hard.
Expansion into Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia).
The first PCR bottle (PCR = post-consumer recycling) from ALPLA represents the prototype of a completely new type of product: this 1,000-millilitre bottle for Lenor is made from recycled plastic.
The company now has 29 branches in 15 countries, with around 3,000 employees.
First plant in the USA opens in Atlanta, Georgia; first plant in Asia opens in Bangkok (Thailand).
ALPLA becomes a joint-venture partner in a PET recycling plant in Toluca (Mexico).
ALPLA opens its 100th plant in China.
ALPLA acquires a majority shareholding in the Austrian company PET Recycling Team GmbH in Wöllersdorf. ALPLA expands its expertise in relation to recycling.
Construction of an ALPLA PET recycling plant in Radomsko (southern Poland).
Opening of Regional Technical Center with modern training workshop in Mexico; first plant opens in Africa, Kempton Park (South Africa).
Acquisition of Plasco S.P.A. (Italy) and Argo S.A. (Egypt).
Acquisition of Egyptian Taba Group; opening of Competence Center Shanghai with apprenticeship workshop.
Opening of site in 10th of Ramadan City (Egypt); acquisition of West Bend (USA), Propack (Italy) and Boxmore Packaging (Africa).
ALPLA purchases all shares in the Greek company Argo S.A. thus expanding its activities in south-eastern Europe and expertise in pharmaceutical packaging.
Major extensions in the field of mechanical PET and HDPE recycling as well as chemical PET recycling.