How can we help you to make your chocolate a success?

At Lareka it all begins with immersing ourselves into a project. The more we know, the better we can be at your service.

 

Inventive

Tell us what kind of chocolate you make and how you want to package your products. Then, we will think of concepts to put your ideas into practice for both premium and high-volume assortment packages as well as for small packages. No matter the type of product you are looking for - we can do it.

 

New development and overhaul

50% of our business is based on building made-to-measure, new packaging machines. The other half is based on overhauling existing machines. For this, we have the knowledge, the expertise and the people. 5 to 10 percent of our turnover is invested in R&D.

We have all disciplines in-house: mechanical engineering, electricity, software, parts and (electronic) mounting.

 

Smartest region

Lareka is located in Valkenswaard, the Brainport region in the south-east of the Netherlands. This region was declared the smartest region in the world in 2011. This inspires us. Together with companies such as ASML, Philips, VDL, and a knowledge institute such as the Eindhoven Technical University, we push out the frontiers of technology.

 

Origin

Valkenswaard is also the origin of our company. Sprung from the technical department of a cigar manufacturer, we started as OEM with packaging machines for cigars and cigarettes. We have applied the same techniques to chocolate for more than twenty years already. We still profit from the knowledge and expertise of that time.

 

Future

Our ambition? To offer packaging solutions in order to enable you to capitalise on new developments in the market. We express this with the slogan "We take care of your confectionery and Optimize your packaging". The latter is more than just a tag line, it is a promise.

 

Do you want additional information? Call us to talk about packaging solutions coming from the smartest region of the world.

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Staff speaking

Bart I Mechanical Engineer

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

That I can be involved in all the aspects of an overhaul. From the inspection of an old machine, repairing parts to the complete adjustment and installation of fully rebuilt machines. A varied range of duties which allows me to put theory into practice. 

 

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

The fact that, with the support of the entire company, we turn old worn machines into beautiful "new" well-running machines, that are completely up-to-date again and are placed all over the world.

Astrid I Financial Assistant

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

It is just a “normal” pleasant regional company that makes beautiful products for the entire global market. This makes it fun to be part of Lareka.

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

That our company, since becoming independent in June 2005, has become so widely known in a large share of the world in such a short time.

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Jan Pieter I Mechanical Engineer

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

Diversity. Constantly, there are different machines in need of overhauling and optimisation. One time we are just engineering the parts to produce a new type of product on a machine. Another time a 35-year-old machine is stripped completely, all the worn parts are replaced, many parts optimised and the old controls replaced by a modern PLC control with a touchscreen. It is great to see such a machine start a new life; with a fresh coat of paint, higher production speed and an up-to-date safety system.

 

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

That with all the different disciplines in the company we work together and think with the client to satisfy his wishes as best we can. And that as an engineer you really get to the bottom of the machine, from the mechanics to the electrics and the pneumatics to the programming.

Leo I Production Engineer

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

A really varying job, almost everything we produce is unique. Working with different materials ranging from plastics to resin-bonded fabric. Flexible working conditions and a nice cycling distance from my home.

 

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

That after becoming independent of our mother company, we have turned this into a successful company with motivated workers.

 

Niek I Mechanical Engineer

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

I work with great colleagues that are always willing to help me learn techniques that I do not know yet. The engineers organise the entire project: what parts to replace, what needs fixing, what to do yourself or order out. We can modify or renew many parts ourselves. We can assemble, mill, brush, paint etc. This makes the job very diverse.

 

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

When you see an old machine arrive as a pile of scrap metal and then watch it leave as a good-as-new machine. Achievements that make you proud.

 

Wilco I Mechanical Design Engineer

What is the best part about working for Lareka?

Working together with nice colleagues in a good atmosphere and creating a product as a team. Realizing assignments from A to Z (i.e. from client request to running the machine on location) combined with a degree of independence and freedom. We do this for both national and international customers. The orders are really varied, which make it challenging every time. Also, work takes place both at home and abroad, a nice incentive.

 

What are you most proud of at Lareka?

The fact that we put ourselves on the map every time: from cigarettes to confectionery, and in other fields as well. Time after time, we realize all-round projects for our clients and often achieve the impossible!

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