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Our history

Arla Plast was founded in Borensberg in 1969. The company's first product was plastic composite screens for cars. Via the growing market for spare parts Arla Plast was able to offer  plastic screens at a lower price than the original parts. 

A disadvantage of vacuum forming of the plastic screens was the waste material. One idea was born: the waste material could be reused for the manufacturing of extruded sheets. The first extrusion machine was installed in 1974 which produced plastic sheets in the ABS and at the end of 1970s production of plastic sheets in PC begun. In 1979, with the development towards the production of extruded plastic sheets, Arla Plast sold its car parts business in order to become a pure manufacturer of extruded plastic sheets.


During the 1990s, Arla Plast grew through an international expansion and went from being a supplier in the Nordic market to an international supplier with a focus on the European market. At the same time, major investments were made to increase production capacity. In the early 2000s, Arla Plast was early in producing plastic sheets in PC for suitcases, which in the next step was followed by a development towards a large number of different colors and effects, including metallic.


In 2006, Arla Plast opened its second production facility. This was built through a greenfield project in Kadaň, Czech Republic, and with this Arla Plast started producing MWPC. The company’s third production facility, also built through a greenfield project, was opened in 2012 in Pelhřimov, Czech Republic. In 2022, Arla Plast acquired Alphaplex GmbH based near Hannover, Germany. Alphaplex serves as a strategic service partner, strengthening the group’s presence in mainly the German market. In 2024, Arla Plast acquired all shares of Nudec, leading to the establishment of a fourth production facility in Barcelona, Spain. This acquisition expands the group’s production capabilities and incorporates the extrusion of PMMA, enhancing its value proposition for customers and reinforcing the group’s geographic footprint in southern Europe. Today, the company is a leading player in the extrusion of plastic sheets in Europe, delivering products to over 45 countries globally. Arla Plast has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2021.

Important events


The company was founded in Borensberg by Arne and Göran Larsson

Bröderna Arne och Göran Larsson


The first extrusion machine to be able to produce plastic sheets in ABS is installed.

The first extrusion machine


Arla Plast starts producing plastic sheets in PC with a significant element of recycling.


The company sells its car parts business to focus on extrusion of plastic sheets.


The company's expansion is ongoing and additional machines are being installed. The company becomes an early user of co-extrusion technology for transparent sheets. With the co-extrusion technology as a starting point, outdoor resistant (UV-resistant) sheets were developed.


Kenneth Synnersten, Arne Larsson's son, takes over Arla Plast and becomes the company's owner and CEO.


The company is expanding in Europe. Major investments are made in production and the recycling programme is strengthened


The company produces plastic sheets in PC for suitcases, including various colors and effects such as metallic.


The production facility in Kadaň in the Czech Republic opens and Arla Plast starts producing MWPC.


Starting around 2009, Arla Plast is a leading player in Europe in PC sheets with high optical requirements that are used for bulletproof car glass, for example.


The production facility in Pelhřimov in the Czech Republic is opening.


In 2018, Arla Plast will start manufacturing plastic sheets in the PC/ABS mixture that meet the stricter fire classification standard ECE R118.


The Arla Plast share was listed at Nasdaq Stockholm.


Arla Plast acquires all the shares in Alphaplex GmbH in Germany, the first acquisition in the
companys history. 


Arla Plast acquires all the shares in Nudec S. A. in Spain and strengthens the Group's presence in soutern Europe