OUR COMPANY

SteelForce Packaging is a trading, processing and distribution company headquartered in Antwerp, specializing in metal packaging solutions, with local operations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. It is part of SteelForce Group, the global leader in trading metal packaging raw materials.

LEADERSHIP

Claudia Restrepo

Sales Manager LATAM

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Claudia is a Food Engineer from EAFIT with a specialization in Marketing. Her professional career has focused on the development of metallic containers for the food industry for over 17 years. She is a SAP implementation leader (SD module), and has extensive experience in Sales Management since 2008 in the metallurgy industry, primarily responsible for, Strategic Sales, Operations, and Logistics. Claudia has the experience and technical knowledge to deliver a consistent in-depth walk-through of the entire chain of procedures to our clients.

Davide Padovani

Davide Padovani

Chief Executive

Born and raised in Naples (Italy), Davide graduated in “Business Administration” at the Bocconi University in Milan in 2003 and he gained a double master’s degree in “International Management” at both the Esade Business School in Barcelona and the Rotterdam School of Management.
He started his career in consulting, specializing in food & beverage companies, with whom he worked for 8 years.
His consulting experience exposed him to precious knowledge of the industry and gave him a deep understanding of the FMCG world, which he successfully exploited for the sake of our Joint Venture success since he first joined to lead it in 2012.
Davide played a key role in the expansion and consolidation of our suppliers base as well as in the opening of new international sales markets, defining specific local strategies for each market and incorporating them in the overall strategic plan for a consolidated growth.
He has also been and still is a key person in the promotion of Steelforce Packaging’s smart sourcing business model around the world.

Guido

Guido Hemeleers

Managing Director

Born in Belgium, Guido is a Management Assistant at KUL Leuven University. An Honorably Discharged Veteran, he has extensive professional experience in Exports and Transport with Dandoy, Belgium, and Steelforce NVM. His experience as a trader and Commercial Director for the Latin America markets, has been key to the company’s continued success in LATAM, as well as its extensive development in the far east where he led as General Manager and Marketing Director since 2011.

Gustavo Rojas

Gustavo Rojas

Head of LATAM Region

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Gustavo is a Systems Engineer with an MBA and a specialization degree in International Business from EAFIT. From the beginning of his career, He has been involved in the ferrous metallurgy industry, which has given him a vast amount of experience. He has also performed as a leading financial planner and has carried out personalized information systems to develop human logistics and administrative resources. After completing a course in Senior Management in Spain, he went on with his job as CFO, ensuring the financial growth and strength of the companies he has been part of.

Kurt

Kurt Crollet

CEO of Steelforce Group

Born in Belgium, Kurt has a Master’s Degree in Economic Sciences, from Antwerp University Belgium. In 1991, initially in the banking sector, He developed as an Account Manager at Banque INDOSUEZ de BELGIUM, KBC BANK and Artesia Bank. He progressed to the position of Senior Account Manager, which opened the doors to become part of Promatex Belgium (Currently Steelforce) in the position of Chief Financial Officer. Since 2001 he has belonged to the Steelforce group in the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Lorenzo Padovani

Lorenzo Padovani

Head of European Region

He was born in Napoli where he graduated in business administration in 2014.
He oversees the local market development since 2021, after developing a strong expertise in Seal of Quality, where he was in charge of the food business entering deeply in every aspect of the business, from managing the commercial strategies and negotiations to dealing with the logistic and administrative dynamics. He was a Product manager from 2014 to 2018, from 2018 he has been successfully responsible for purchasing, upgrading and selling all non-prime choices materials for Steelforce leading him to gain the role of Sales Director Italia at the end of 2022.

Luis G. Jaramillo

Luis G. Jaramillo

Sales Director Spain, North Europe

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Luis is an Electrical Engineer from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He also possesses a Master’s Degree in Business Administration of Senior Management, with emphasis on Financial Area and Administration. He was a professor at the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá in the Faculties of Civil Engineering, Electronics, Systems and Industry. His skill sets have continuously made him in a key part of companies in Colombia, such as Luminex S.A., Industrias Lehner, Aluminio Nacional S.A. and Holasa. Since 2019 until now he is part of American Metal Packaging Company in the position of Managing Director.

Marco Bisogno

Marco Bisogno

Head of European Region

Born in Salerno, Italy. Marco has focused his entire managerial career on development and leadership of international companies, both in Italy and abroad. His first professional step was in Milano, were he had the opportunity to work in a private fund with worldwide partnership operating in several industries (trading finance, insurance brokerage, organizational development, large distribution). Following his years in Switzerland – from 1994 to 2001- where he played a leading role in an international steel trading company. He returned to Italy in 2001 where he was Managing director of IPSI SpA (partnership with Pirelli RE) and Gabetti Finance. From 2009 till 2018 he was General Manager of Augusta Offshore international shipping company based in Naples. Since 2018 he has been Managing Director of Seal of Quality in Lugano Switzerland. In 2022 He took over as Head of European Unit at Steelforce Packaging.

Davide Padovani
Guido
Gustavo Rojas
Kurt
Lorenzo Padovani
Luis G. Jaramillo
Marco Bisogno

Claudia Restrepo

Sales Manager LATAM

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Claudia is a Food Engineer from EAFIT with a specialization in Marketing. Her professional career has focused on the development of metallic containers for the food industry for over 17 years. She is a SAP implementation leader (SD module), and has extensive experience in Sales Management since 2008 in the metallurgy industry, primarily responsible for, Strategic Sales, Operations, and Logistics. Claudia has the experience and technical knowledge to deliver a consistent in-depth walk-through of the entire chain of procedures to our clients.

Davide Padovani

Chief Executive

Born and raised in Naples (Italy), Davide graduated in “Business Administration” at the Bocconi University in Milan in 2003 and he gained a double master’s degree in “International Management” at both the Esade Business School in Barcelona and the Rotterdam School of Management.
He started his career in consulting, specializing in food & beverage companies, with whom he worked for 8 years.
His consulting experience exposed him to precious knowledge of the industry and gave him a deep understanding of the FMCG world, which he successfully exploited for the sake of our Joint Venture success since he first joined to lead it in 2012.
Davide played a key role in the expansion and consolidation of our suppliers base as well as in the opening of new international sales markets, defining specific local strategies for each market and incorporating them in the overall strategic plan for a consolidated growth.
He has also been and still is a key person in the promotion of Steelforce Packaging’s smart sourcing business model around the world.

Guido Hemeleers

Managing Director

Born in Belgium, Guido is a Management Assistant at KUL Leuven University. An Honorably Discharged Veteran, he has extensive professional experience in Exports and Transport with Dandoy, Belgium, and Steelforce NVM. His experience as a trader and Commercial Director for the Latin America markets, has been key to the company’s continued success in LATAM, as well as its extensive development in the far east where he led as General Manager and Marketing Director since 2011.

Gustavo Rojas

Head of LATAM Region

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Gustavo is a Systems Engineer with an MBA and a specialization degree in International Business from EAFIT. From the beginning of his career, He has been involved in the ferrous metallurgy industry, which has given him a vast amount of experience. He has also performed as a leading financial planner and has carried out personalized information systems to develop human logistics and administrative resources. After completing a course in Senior Management in Spain, he went on with his job as CFO, ensuring the financial growth and strength of the companies he has been part of.

Kurt Crollet

CEO of Steelforce Group

Born in Belgium, Kurt has a Master’s Degree in Economic Sciences, from Antwerp University Belgium. In 1991, initially in the banking sector, He developed as an Account Manager at Banque INDOSUEZ de BELGIUM, KBC BANK and Artesia Bank. He progressed to the position of Senior Account Manager, which opened the doors to become part of Promatex Belgium (Currently Steelforce) in the position of Chief Financial Officer. Since 2001 he has belonged to the Steelforce group in the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Lorenzo Padovani

Head of European Region

He was born in Napoli where he graduated in business administration in 2014.
He oversees the local market development since 2021, after developing a strong expertise in Seal of Quality, where he was in charge of the food business entering deeply in every aspect of the business, from managing the commercial strategies and negotiations to dealing with the logistic and administrative dynamics. He was a Product manager from 2014 to 2018, from 2018 he has been successfully responsible for purchasing, upgrading and selling all non-prime choices materials for Steelforce leading him to gain the role of Sales Director Italia at the end of 2022.

Luis G. Jaramillo

Sales Director Spain, North Europe

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Luis is an Electrical Engineer from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He also possesses a Master’s Degree in Business Administration of Senior Management, with emphasis on Financial Area and Administration. He was a professor at the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá in the Faculties of Civil Engineering, Electronics, Systems and Industry. His skill sets have continuously made him in a key part of companies in Colombia, such as Luminex S.A., Industrias Lehner, Aluminio Nacional S.A. and Holasa. Since 2019 until now he is part of American Metal Packaging Company in the position of Managing Director.

Marco Bisogno

Head of European Region

Born in Salerno, Italy. Marco has focused his entire managerial career on development and leadership of international companies, both in Italy and abroad. His first professional step was in Milano, were he had the opportunity to work in a private fund with worldwide partnership operating in several industries (trading finance, insurance brokerage, organizational development, large distribution). Following his years in Switzerland – from 1994 to 2001- where he played a leading role in an international steel trading company. He returned to Italy in 2001 where he was Managing director of IPSI SpA (partnership with Pirelli RE) and Gabetti Finance. From 2009 till 2018 he was General Manager of Augusta Offshore international shipping company based in Naples. Since 2018 he has been Managing Director of Seal of Quality in Lugano Switzerland. In 2022 He took over as Head of European Unit at Steelforce Packaging.