BEWiSynbra Group AB is one of the leading producers of expandable polystyrene (EPS) in Europe.
The Bekken family started producing fish boxes for the local salmon fishers on the island of Frøya, Norway, in 1980.
Today we produce more than 10 million fish boxes every year, as well as EPS packaging for food, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, automotive components, thermal insulation for the construction industry, raw material EPS beads, and much more.
We started our geographical expansion in 2006, by entering the Swedish market. Since then, there have been numerous acquisitions and one strategic merger, transforming the company into one of the leading producers of expandable polystyrene (EPS) in Europe.
Since the acquisition of Synbra Holding in 2018, we are called BEWiSynbra Group. The Group is strategically integrated throughout the value chain with an annual production capacity of 185,000 tonnes of the raw material EPS beads and with market leadership positions for its solutions for Packaging & Components and Insulation in several European countries.
By managing the entire chain from raw material to finished product, we can close the loop and lead the change towards sustainability in our business. We aim to be the most CO2-efficient supplier of insulation, packaging and components, automotive and HVAC solutions.
BEWiSynbra has 28 production facilities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Portugal and approximately 1,300 employees.
Our Use Re-Use initiative recycles EPS throughout Europe and increases the general awareness that EPS is 100% recyclable.
The Bekken family are still active in the company as primary owners together Gjelsten Holding AS and funds controlled by Verdane Capital. More information about ownership and financial information can be found in the Company’s financial reports, available on our Investor section.
1972. Stymer (later StyroChem) starts producing EPS.
1980. BEWi is founded to produce food packaging and products for construction insulation.
1981. Neste Chemicals acquires Stymer.
2000. StyroChem becomes the leading manufacturer of EPS in the Nordic countries.
2006. BEWi establishes in Sweden by acquiring Genevad factory.
2007. Eqvitec acquires StyroChem.
2011. Verdane acquires StyroChem.
2012. Acquisition of Thermisol SE with factories in Norrtälje and Vårgårda.
2013. Acquisition of factory in Dorotea.
2014. Merging of BEWi and StyroChem to BEWi Group and acquisition of DS Smith packaging units.
2015. Integration and efficiency of new and existing units.
2016. Acquisition of XPS manufacturer M-Plast in Kaavi, Finland.
2017. Acquisition of Por-Pac in Lindesberg, Sweden.
2017. BEWi acquires the majority of Solupak, Finland.
2018. BEWi acquires Ruukin EPS in Finland.
2018. BEWi acquires Synbra Holding B.V and change name to BEWiSynbra Group
2018 BEWiSynbra acquires BEWi Polar and BEWi Produkter, together BEWi Norway, and BEWi Automotive in Sweden
2018. BEWiSynbra Circular was launched. They are responsible for collecting and recycling EPS material for the Group, who has defined an ambitious target of 60,000 tonnes of EPS annually.
2018 BEWiSynbra Circular starts the Use-ReUse Initiative to increases the general awareness that EPS is 100% recyclable.
2019 BEWiSynbra acquires the recycling company EcoFill in Belgium.
2019 BEWiSynbra acquires the Danish recycling company Eurec.
2019 BEWiSynbra launches the world’s first 100% recycled EPS.
2019 BEWiSynbra and Hirsch Servo Group acquire six EPS insulation production sites in France and 49.9% of the French company Isossol SAS from Saint-Gobain.
2020 BEWiSynbra Circular establishes a recycling company in Portugal.
2020 BEWiSynbra acquire insulation facility in the Swedish city Norrköping.
2020 BEWiSynbra acquires Dutch recycling company Poredo.