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. It has over the years developed long-term partnerships with the major European retailers. As each business category requires a specific product range and expertise as well as perfect knowledge of the technical, regulatory and health constraints, SPHERE has been working for years with local authorities and professionals in the distribution of hygiene and cleaning products and more recently with the retail sector. SPHERE group very quickly understood that doing business was also about respect for the environment and it became committed to reducing the environmental impacts of the products it markets.
As a result, SPHERE gives priority to:
  • the drastic reduction in the volume of virgin fossil plastics used in its products by replacing them with recycled materials from the circular economy;
  • the development of new biodegradable and compostable materials;
  • the use of biosourced raw materials.
SPHERE distributes ranges of products that are either recycled or biosourced, 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.
  • Disposable tableware, etc.
+ €140

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 biodegradable and compostable products at Biotec;
  • 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 to the national brands of SPHERE group before being deployed to the own brands of major retailers.

Our figures

Breakdown of turnover by product category:

Bags and films: 56%

Manufactured products: 21%

Trade in packaging and other sectors: 23%

More than 28% growth in turnover between 2017 and 2018

Our history

A French origin and a decidedly European and Asian expansion

SPHERE’s integrated industrial strategy promotes customer responsiveness and faster development of sales and high-quality innovations.
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 40 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

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
Coextrusion technology that optimises film performance: tear and perforation resistance, barrier properties (anti-UV, slip agents, colour pigments)
European launch of Coulissac®, the first drawstring bin bag presented in a distribution box
Integration of recycled material into polyethylene bags
SPHERE is involved in creating the NF Environnement label for the bin bag category with AFNOR, LNE and the Ministry of the Environment

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

Environmental Innovations

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
1st range of bin bags under the NF ENVIRONNEMENT label
BIOTEC. A pioneer in the development of biodegradable and compostable materials
BIOPLAST®, a new generation of biodegradable and compostable materials with multiple applications
1st range of 100% biodegradable and compostable bin bags for the general public and local authorities
1st Vegetal Origin® range bin bags, freezer bags and cling film in plant-based polyethylene (sugar cane)
1st range of biodegradable and 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
Launch of a biodegradable bioplastic based on the action of the micro-organisms present in aquatic environments and also compostable on land

Our commitments to a circular economy

SPHERE has been aware of the need to take environmental issues into account for over 40 years, and it continues to reinforce its commitment to the circular economy by implementing an eco-design policy and adopting an industrial strategy focused on the use of raw materials that are more environmentally friendly:

Waste becomes a resource

100% of waste is reused

100% of plastics are recycled

This approach is in line with the objectives defined recently at European Union level (Package Circulary Economy) which stipulate that the European market must, among other things, achieve a 65% average recycling rate for its packaging waste by 2025 (including 50% for plastic packaging), increasing to 70% by 2030. In addition, the European Union expects biowaste to be collected separately (for industrial composting) or home composted by 2024.

SPHERE contributes to recycling

Investments in the recycling of used plastics from its own production and those purchased externally increase the proportion of recycled products in SPHERE production and so reduce the consumption of virgin and fossil materials.
For over five years, the tonnage of products from virgin fossil materials has been lower than that made from recycled materials.

SPHERE contributes to the development of the biowaste sector

SPHERE group helps its customers with the selective collection of household waste by making bags available for collection and by recovering them to be processed and recycled for reuse in its production.
The recycling of biowaste, which accounts for one third of household waste, is used to produce high-quality natural fertilisers and generate clean and renewable energy.

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 2018 – Statement of non-financial performance

CSR report 2018 – The SPHERE group declaration of non-financial performance highlights its commitment to corporate social responsibility, responsible practices and environmental protection.

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.