“Hi I am Anouk, 17 years old and live with my parents, brother and sisters in Almelo. Our family has a mutual interest: army vehicles from the 1940-1945. That’s where my interest in cars came from. I grew up with that and as a little child I went on the truck with my dad and that’s where my love for that beautiful big stuff came from! I’m in the final year of the VMBO at the Zone College. In the last year we were allowed to do an internship, 1 day a week. And I was allowed to do this at Dijkstra Plastics at the location in Almelo. Which I really loved. I used to go there every Friday with a lot of pleasure.
I ended up at Dijkstra Plastics because of my father. I really wanted to do something with logistics during my internship, and preferably at Dijkstra Plastics. For me as a girl, it’s nice to get into familiar territory within a man’s world. My father, Martijn, works as a driver at Dijkstra Plastics. He arranged for me the mail address where I could apply and the rest I did it myself. I got a lot of experience during my internship and learned a lot. I worked in the warehouse and there’s a lot going on there. You start by first putting all the products, produced the night before, in the right places in the warehouse racks. But we also prepare the orders for the drivers, including what the drivers take for us from the other production location we place in the racks or we set up for another order. Emptying all waste bins in the warehouse and production is also part of it. I work with four men, but that’s not a problem for me. With them it is always fun during work and I have learned a lot from them. I am very happy and grateful with the opportunities I have been given.
I think it’s awesome to be a truck driver, but I also find it very interesting to know how the whole process works beforehand. I really like to see the logistical side of it. During my internship I learned to drive a reach truck and on the pump truck. And I learned how to place the pallets in the racks and how to prepare orders. Plus, I also loaded or unloaded a truck a few times. And I also enjoyed working with the men.
In August I start with the education transport and logistics and hope to be ready in about 2 years. The best outcome would be to still work at Dijkstra Plastics and start by driving buckets around in one of their beautiful truck throughout the Netherlands and beyond!
Finally, how nice it is to be able to drive a big car as a girl/woman in a men’s world and make customers happy with the product you are transporting. On the truck you have a lot of freedom and you have contact with your customers and with your colleagues.”
Watch the Christmas video of 2021!
Whatever the new year may bring, we will continue to give it our all, together! We wish you happy holidays and a prosperous 2022!
Packaging Innovations 2021
The Packaging Innovations will take place on the 17th and 18th of November in the Taets Art & Event Park, Amsterdam. After missing out on meeting with you, due to the corona pandemic we look forward meeting you at this fair! After participating at the Kunststoffenbeurs we gladly see you at our stand D117 at the Packaging Innovations.
Test Centre: Trailer
We will be uploading a new series of video’s. The first episode is about ready and will soon be available. Keep an eye on our channel and socials!
Powerhouse in packaging
Vitafy is a supplier of sports nutrition and is the company behind the know brand Bodylab Whey. Their range of packaging containers from Dijkstra Plastics keeps growing.
In-Mould Labelling (IML)
Dijkstra Plastics is one of the largest producers of packaging containers and together with our label partners we can provide the vast majority of our range with In Mould Label printing.
PCR: 100% Recycled Plastic
We are very aware of our great responsibility for production of plastic packaging products. That is why we take measures to keep the impact of our packaging on the living environment as responsible as possible.
Injection moulding explained
With a range of 0.3 to 61 liter packaging, we offer a wide range of packaging in various forms such as round, rectangular and square. In addition to these standard solutions, we also offer tailor-made solutions.
In addition to the fact that traceability in the food industry is mandatory, it is also important in other production chains to follow where raw materials come from. This certainly also applies to our packaging containers.
Sustainable Alfix packaging
Since the year 2000, Alfix, producer of tile adhesives and more, has been proactively minimizing its impact on the environment for both production and their products. But the packaging in which the products are packed must also be sustainable, according to the company in Kolding.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)introduced this certification programme in 1998. The programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. A company is tested on more than 300 aspects to check to what extent it meets the standard that is set. A rating indicates to what degree a company complies with the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Aspects such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and management of suppliers are included, which together form the basis of the BRC. Thanks to the name that the BRC has built up, it has been a reputable name in the world of certification programmes for years and we are proud to be able to show our results within this programme.
The FSSC 22000 Standard has been created through Stichting Certificatie Voedselveiligheid (SCV). As a food-oriented version of the ISO 22000 Standard, this certification programme has been set up as a global guideline in food safety and quality within various industries. This standard is aimed at the entire production chain and as such, it is ideally suited for international harmonisation, partly thanks to the recognition by the GFSI. In addition to its connection with ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 has many comparisons with the HACCP criteria, making it an attractive variant with the best of both worlds from these programmes. Thanks to the internationally accepted nature of the FSSC and the chain-wide approach within this certification programme, we recognise a strong food safety management system in this standard.