ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Family-owned group

SPHERE is a French family business which has been developing retailer own brands for the household packaging sector since its creation in 1976. Over the years it has developed long-term partnerships with the major European retailers. With its expertise and perfect knowledge of the technical, regulatory and health constraints, SPHERE also works with local authorities and professionals in the distribution of hygiene and cleaning products and more recently with the retail sector. SPHERE group’s main strategy focuses on mitigating the environmental impacts of the products it markets
As a result, SPHERE prioritises:
  • Drastically reducing the volume of virgin fossil plastics used in its products by replacing them with recycled materials from the circular economy;
  • Developing new bio-compostable materials.
  • Using bio-sourced, recyclable raw materials.
SPHERE distributes ranges of products for transporting, protecting, cooking and sorting.
  • Bags: bin bags, carrier bags, freezer bags, fruit and vegetable bags, etc.
  • Food packaging: aluminium foils, cling films, baking papers, bread bags, trays, paper bags for the retail sector, etc.
  • Products for take-away food service made from bio-sourced and compostable materials.
+ €150

million invested in tangible and intangible fixed assets over the last 10 years

Innovating for the Environment

Since 2008, SPHERE group has devoted €30 million to Research and Development (R&D).

This mainly concerned:

  • basic research on bio-compostable products at Biotec Company;
  • applied research at the Group’s production subsidiaries, aimed at improving processes, material mixes and the performance and properties of products.

The investments made by the Group enable it to anticipate the evolution of the sector and to be one of the world’s leading players in responsible packaging.

The advances made by this research are applied across all of our ranges for national brands and all of our retail and professional clients. The products resulting from this research are distributed via the national brands of SPHERE group before being deployed across the own brands of major retailers.

Our figures

Breakdown of turnover by product category:

Bags and films: 57%

Manufactured products: 21%

Trade in packaging and other sectors: 22%

More than 28% growth in turnover between 2017 and 2018

Our history

French origins, expanding through Europe and Asia

SPHERE’s integrated industrial strategy is focused on being reactive to needs expressed by customers and on speeding up the increase of high quality innovations and sales.
SPHERE CONSUMER PRODUCTS ASIA

Singapore
60 Paya Lebar Road | #05-14 Paya Lebar Square | Singapore 409051

Shanghai
18A Strength Plaza | No. 3 Lane 600 Tianshan Road | Shanghai 200051 P.R.China

Our 3 growth areas

The SPHERE group, a pioneer in the household packaging sector for more than 45 years, continues to consolidate its position as a European leader with the creation of retailer own brands and its strategy of innovation in environmentally-friendly products and materials.

Technological Innovations

SPHERE is involved in creating the NF Environnement label for the bin bag category with AFNOR, LNE and the Ministry of the Environment
Integration of recycled material into polyethylene bags
European launch of Coulissac®, the first drawstring bin bag presented in a distribution box
Coextrusion technology that optimises film performance: tear and perforation resistance, barrier properties (anti-UV, slip agents, colour pigments)
Specifications drawn up for the use of polyethylene materials to reduce the thickness of film for manufacturing bin bags by 30%, with improved mechanical properties following the discovery of new generations of polyethylene

European sites: acquisitions

1982: PTL
1996: JET’SAC
2000: SCHWEITZER
2003: J&M PLAST
2008: PICHON PLASTIQUE
2017: AEF group renamed SPHERE DISTRIBUTION
1999 : MANUFACTURAS BIEL
2005 : BIOTEC
2004 : COMSET – ICO
2019 : FLEXOPACK
1990 : ACP
2010 : SPHERE CONSUMER PRODUCTS
2018 : BFOODING – REGENT PACKAGING
1996: WAVIN ALPAHA (now SPHERE NEDERLAND)

Environmental Innovations

Launch of a biodegradable material based on the action of the micro-organisms present in aquatic environments and also compostable on land

1st range of bio-compostable fruit and vegetable bags VÉGÉOS certified OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL in compliance with the standards NF EN 13 432 and NFT 51-800
1st Vegetal Origin® range bin bags, freezer bags and cling film in plant-based polyethylene (sugar cane)
1st range of  bio-compostable bin bags for the general public and local authorities
BIOPLAST®, a new generation of bio-compostable materials with multiple applications
BIOTEC. A pioneer in the development of bio-compostable materials
1st range of bin bags complying NF ENVIRONNEMENT label

Specifications drawn up for the use of polyethylene materials to reduce the thickness of film for manufacturing bin bags by 30%, with improved mechanical properties following the discovery of new generations of polyethylene

Our Values and Commitments

Our ethical code

The values of SPHERE group are summarised in a charter that guides and motivates all its employees.

Our anti-corruption code of conduct

The SPHERE group code of conduct on anti-corruption reflects the company management’s unwavering commitment to devote the necessary resources to fight corruption, which is a priority and applies to all Group employees.

CSR report 2020 – Statement of non-financial performance

CSR report 2020 – The SPHERE group declaration of non-financial performance highlights its commitment to corporate social responsibility, responsible practices and environmental protection.

Gender equality index in the workplace

The SPHERE group index of gender equality in the workplace is used to show the actions taken in the area of equal pay and gender equality.

Our Foundation

Established in 2004, the SPHERE Corporate Foundation has decided to work in two areas: the arts and social initiatives.
Becoming a patron is an opportunity for a company to express its identity and values and to illustrate its social and cultural responsibility.

Our Foundation

Established in 2004, the SPHERE Corporate Foundation has decided to work in two areas: the arts and social initiatives.
Becoming a patron is an opportunity for a company to express its identity and values and to illustrate its social and cultural responsibility.

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