The people at Eveon Containers - Sven Vlasblom: The man with containers in his blood

Our team is as diverse as our container customers. That's why we're introducing them here. Our Supply Chain Manager is an example of how you can be in a business for 30 years and still retain lateral thinking.
Aad Storm
Fri, 18 Dec 2020 min read

Every container business needs someone who has the container business in his blood - even if we do everything differently than the others. For us, that's Sven. "Of course we need people who know about online stores and marketing - no question. But someone also has to take care of the containers," is how he sums it up himself. Sven Vlasblom is our Supply Chain Manager, which means in simple terms: His job is to ensure that we always have containers available for our customers to buy. Of course, this involves a lot of things: from organizing new depots for our containers to managing our customer service - in addition, he is of course available for all questions regarding container logistics. 

"I'm a critical spirit and for a company like Eveon Containers, that's a good thing. It's important to be able to question everything and discover new ways of doing things."

Sven Vlasblom

Supply Chain Manager Europe

A container career with a few detours

Although Sven didn't suck up the container business with his mother's milk, his first job was with a shipping company, where he organized the logistics of containers. Malicious tongues could claim that not much has changed since then, after all he is doing the same thing today. But of course there were other stations in Sven's career: He worked for manufacturers of medical technology equipment or for an automotive supplier that built filters. "At some point, however, I was itching to do something with containers again. That's when the opportunity to start at Eveon Containers came at just the right time."

"With digitization, we are creating something completely new."

"I've been in the somewhat conservative container business for 30 years, and now I can bring a whole new lease of life to the market. With the digitalization of the industry, we are creating something completely new," says Sven. When he talks about his job, you can see his enthusiasm. Currently, the biggest challenge for him is to always have enough containers in the depot. The market for containers is difficult - but nothing Sven can't handle. But anyone who thinks the man is one-dimensional with just this one area of interest is very much mistaken.

Sven Vlasblom

Sven at work on a container depot

A critical mind

Sven realized early on that it is good for his profession to have a broad knowledge and not to become too specialized an expert. He has retained this to this day. In his private life, he is also interested in ancient authors and even wants to learn Latin so that he can scrutinize the translations. "I'm a critical spirit," Sven says about himself, "For a company like Eveon Containers, that's a good thing. It's important to be able to question everything and discover new ways of doing things that way."