About Us

Founded in 1877 by four brothers from the Greif family in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Greif now has approximately 9,500 employees in our 160 operating locations worldwide. 

Trading in the UK began under the Van Leer name in the 1920's. Van Leer was acquired by Greif in 2001.

Greif UK - Some Key Facts
Burton Upon Trent Site Established 1919
Ellesmere Port Site Established 1927
Personnel 170
Manufacturing CoEs 2


Ellesmere Port plant - 1948
Ellesmere Port plant - 1948

Ellesmere Port plant - 2011
Ellesmere Port plant - 2011


Quality Management Accreditation

Greif UK Ltd have a long association with ISO Quality Management Systems from its first approval in 1988.

The ISO Certification has been issued by Lloyds Quality Assurance. To ensure continued compliance to ISO 9001:2008, Greif UK Ltd will continue to be audited every 6 months until full certificate renewal. Both the Burton on Trent and the Ellesmere Port manufacturing centres have separate accreditations.
  ISO Cert


Greif UK aim to minimize the environmental impact of our products throughout our operations, beginning with product development and ending with recycling and recovery of used materials and products. Greif has an ongoing commitment to minimize the impact our business has on the environment with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound.