In June 2021, VPK Group (Belgium) and Double A (Thailand) announced its plans to convert the DA Alizay industrial site into a centre of excellence for sustainable development in Normandy.
With an investment of nearly 250 million euros, the site will be transformed into a production unit for recycled paper for corrugated board and packaging. The project will contribute to the environmental, economic and industrial development of the Normandy region.
VPK has already proven its skills in the realisation of similar large-scale projects with the conversion of the UPM Stracel paper mill into Blue Paper in Strasbourg.
VPK Group and Double A are responsible and committed investors. Sustainability, a long-term vision, passion and transparency are the common strengths that have led to the success of both companies.
As a company, we are striving for a sustainable production process in which we reduce and green our energy consumption. The Alizay site will become an ecological landmark in the industrial landscape of the Rouen Normandy Metropolis.
The site contains a paper mill, a biomass power plant, a water treatment plant and will produce 150,000 tonnes of wood pellets per year.
The site's new corrugator will manufacture "Z-fold" board, an innovative corrugated board specifically designed to provide packaging for the e-commerce market.
The paper produced in Alizay will be used to supply VPK’s packaging production sites, guaranteeing outlets and continuity of production. With 18 corrugated board plants in France, Belgium and the UK, VPK is one of the leading producers of corrugated board packaging in Western Europe.
The 75-hectare estate on which the Alizay site is located also includes the Rouville Castle and its park dating back to the 18th century. At the time, this place was one of the most important centres of power in the Rouen region.
The conversion project includes the restoration of the castle and its park into a private hotel that will welcome clients, suppliers and visitors interested in discovering the assets of this centre for sustainable development.