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Development for more than a century

We go back a long way. With 130 years of practical experience in the solid board trade we have built up comprehensive knowledge to provide the market with the right products.

Our board can be found in many products all over the world. We dare to make the claim that everybody will have something at home that was made of Eska material. 

Two mills

The two Eska mills were founded by entrepreneurs who saw a future in strawboard production. The mill in Sappemeer was founded in 1879 and the one in Hoogezand in 1897. In 1993 both mills merged into one company.

From straw to recycled paper

The history of the straw board sector was characterised by good times following bad times, depending on the availability of straw. This was reason to start experimenting with recycled paper as a raw material in 1934. In 1970 and 1971 the factories in Hoogezand and Sappemeer moved over completely to using recycled paper as a raw material. 

Origins in the railways

After the Second World War Eska was the proud supplier of the famous railway ticket board. It was used to make railway tickets all over the world. This is where our name comes from - Eska represents the letters 'S' and 'K', short for Spoorkaartjes Karton, the Dutch words for Railway tickets board.

More than 250,000 tonnes of solid board per year

Today Eska produces more than 250,000 tonnes of solid board per year. This equals some 500,000 pallets. This board is sold to customers all over the world, who turn it into hardback books, files, notebooks, puzzles, games, luxury packaging and more. 

People make the difference

Some 350 motivated and enthusiastic people work in our factories and offices in Hoogezand and Sappemeer. Together with 100 colleagues at our sites in England, Spain, Italy, Singapore and the United States they are the beating heart of our company and are responsible for Eska's success in the market.