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Packaging - 2004
Polimoon Fibrenyle is planning to expand its plastic bottle packaging plant in Beccles, Suffolk, with the creation of 62 jobs.
Regents Greeting Cards is looking to relocate up to 200 staff to a new site in Shipley, in order to convert its existing Dockfield Road site into housing.
Bunzl is to acquire Gelpa Verpakkingsgroep, the Dutch packaging and consumables supplier, for £30m.
API Group has sold its Caerphilly-based Metallised Paper division to a management buy-in operating under the name of Metallised Products.
Ross & Cromarty Enterprise is backing proposals from Forscot to build a £1bn pulp mill, paper mill and sawmill at Delny on the Cromarty Firth, which could create up to 500 jobs.
East Sussex Press has acquired Beacon Press for undisclosed terms, creating a combined printing business with 140 staff at sites in Uckfield and Crowborough.
Target Direct Marketing, the Cheltenham-based print management company, has been acquired by Cello for undisclosed terms.
New Jarrold Printing is to seek permission to build a £40m printing centre on a 27-acre site at Wymondham by 2006, in order to relocate production from Norwich.
Jubb, the Leicestershire-based plastic bottles manufacturer, has been bought of administration by BM Etchco of Birmingham for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 71 jobs.
Wace, the Wiltshire-based printing company with 90 staff, has been acquired by Ringdark after briefly going into administration.
Bunzl has acquired Joseph Weil & Sons of the US and Beltex of Hungary, two distributors of cleaning and safety products.
Nicholl Food Packaging has acquired Watson & Watson, the Glasgow-based aluminium foil tray manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Aerobox is to raise £4.8m in a share placing to fund the development of airline cargo containers made from composite materials.
Print Design & Graphics is to open its rebuilt packaging plant in Newcastle in January, and plans to recruit 40 new staff over the next three years.
Scorpio Print Finishing has acquired Senator Print Finishers, the Leicester-based printing company, for undisclosed terms, and the 54-strong workforce is expected to rise by up to 30.
Universal Flexible Packaging is planning to double the size of its new 26,500 sq warehouse in Leicester by next August, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Media Square has sold Coutts Packaging, the supplier of corrugated cardboard boxes, to a management team for up to £3.9m.
RPC is to acquire the European plastic packaging operations of Nampak for £23m, and the Woburn Sands site will be closed and production transferred to the other two sites in Haltwhistle and Llantrisant.
Leicester Paper Company (LPC) is to set up a £40m paper products factory and warehouse on a 35-acre site at Rothley near Leicester.
Quadsect, the London-based printer, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor with the loss of about 30 jobs.
Kleeneze has acquired I Want One of Those, the online retailer of gifts and lifestyle accessories, for £6m.
Documedia Solutions is to sell its stationery litho printing business at Bury St Edmunds to Docuprint for £0.4m.
Williams Lea has acquired Bowne Business Solutions, the US business document outsourcing company with 3,000 staff, for £100m.
Polestar is to invest £10m in a new print finishing and mailing facility at Polestar Chantry in Wakefield.
Bunzl has acquired the disposable consumables and packaging distribution business of Cospak in Australia.
Zen Wallcoverings, the Lancashire-based wallpaper manufacturer, has been acquired by The Heritage Print Company, securing the future of 52 staff.
Intertissue is to double the previously-announced 300-strong workforce at the £70m paper factory being built at the Baglan Energy Park in Neath Port Talbot, and the site will be in production by the end of next year.
St Ives has acquired SP Group, the printing company with almost 400 staff at sites in Redditch and Birmingham, for £33m.
GSM Group has acquired the assets of Abbot Brown, the recently-closed Dorset-based manufacturer of labels and fascia products, which will result in the creation of 28 new jobs in Yorkshire.
Communisis has acquired Dataform, the Newcastle-based print management company, for £22m.
Polestar has sold its packaging and label operations to a new company called Boxstar, which will involve the transfer of 350 staff.
Bunzl has acquired TSN, the US supplier of disposable goods, for undisclosed terms.
Dove Construction has won a £4m contract to build an office block for Alcan Packaging in Warmley, near Bristol.
Latimer Trend, the Plymouth-based printing company, has undergone a management buy-out.
Alcan is to invest £6m in its aluminium sheet rolling activities at its Rogerstone site in Newport, but its Falkirk site will close with the loss of 86 jobs.
Fuji Seal Europe, the shrink-wrap packaging company, is doubling its manufacturing, printing and warehousing facilities at the Gillingham Business Park in Kent, with the creation of 70 jobs over the next three years.
Unwins Seeds, the Histon-based seed packing company, is to be acquired by Westland Horticulture of County Tyrone, securing the future of more than 50 jobs.
Keenpac Group has secured £8.3m from Bank of Scotland Corporate to fund the acquisition of Walsh & Jenkins, the Kent-based packaging company.
Beswick Paper, the Oldbury-based paper merchant with 150 staff at branches in Birmingham, Northampton, Cheltenham, Leicester, Crewe, Hertford and Newport, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
MWL Print Group, the Pontypool-based print company with 140 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Astron has acquired the Nottingham-based print and mail division of Experian, and the 109 staff are expected to be offered relocation to other Astron sites.
Homeserve is to sell Mail Solutions, the provider of print, envelope manufacture and mail fulfilment services, to Longmax Industries for £7.4m.
Nipson is to raise £15m in a flotation on Aim to fund the global expansion of its digital printing business.
Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Purex International, the Rotherham-based supplier of fume extraction equipment and filters, for an initial £1.5m.
Begbies Traynor has agreed to sell JCM Print Services of Liverpool out of administration to G&H Web Offset, which has operations in Manchester, Leeds, London and Edinburgh, for undisclosed terms.
Seda of Italy is to set up a food packaging factory at Hawtin Park near Blackwood, Caerphilly, with the creation of 190 jobs.
New Jarrold Printing is considering two potential locations near Norwich to set up a new £20m printworks, and hopes to start work on the site in the autumn.
Celtech, the operator of paper mills in Lancaster and Heysham, has been acquired by Goulds Design & Manufacturing of Heywood, creating a new group called Northern Tissue.
International Greetings has acquired Krakajack, the Irish supplier of party crackers, for £0.4m.
RPC, the plastic packaging supplier, is planning to double production of inhalers next year, in order to meet rising demand from Boehringer of the US.
Park Group is to sell Link Brand, its Chesterfield-based design and packing business with 48 staff, to a management buy-in team.
Stewarts, the Edinburgh-based print firm with 80 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
DS Smith is to acquire BPB Recycling, the recovered paper collection business with five depots and 140 staff, from BPB.
UPM-Kymmene has acquired 62 acres of land next to its Shotton Paper Mill on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, and the site could be used to expand newsprint production.
Britton Group, the plastic packaging supplier with 850 staff at sites in Winsford, Hartlepool and Louth, has undergone a £46m management buy-out.
Fresh Media Group has acquired Vision, the Milton Keynes and London-based catalogue design company.
Polestar has selected Sheffield as the preferred location to build a £110m 700,000 sq ft printing plant, in order to produce colour magazines, catalogues and newspaper supplements.
Autobar, the vending machine supplier, is to be acquired by private equity firm Charterhouse for £540m.
Bunzl has acquired Groupe Pierre Le Goff, the French distributor of cleaning and safety products, for £157m.
Bezier is considering plans to relocate its Wakefield-based display printing business and up to 293 staff to a larger site.
Stanelco is to acquire Aquasol, the developer of water-soluble packaging products, for up to £3.1m.
Servicetoken, the Northumberland-based supplier of matchpot and aerosol paints, has undergone a management buy-out, and now plans to double its 18-strong workforce.
Nicholl Food Packaging is to shed 90 jobs at its foil container factory in Chesham next year, in order to relocate production to the Midlands.
Paper 4 Print has acquired York & Ford, the Failsworth-based paper merchant with 16 staff, for undisclosed terms.
CTD, the reports and accounts printer, has been sold by Capita for undisclosed terms and is now looking to move from its Twickenham plant.
Clifton Packaging is relocating its four Leicester factories and 72 staff to a new £4m site on Braunstone's Meridian Business Park, and the move will be completed by the end of June.
Gem International, the Leicester-based manufacturer of tissues and cling film, has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of 65 jobs.
Taylor Bloxham, the printing company, is to create 25 jobs over the next 12 months at its new call centre and distribution business at the Meridian Business Park in Leicestershire.
Tyne & Wear Pallets is to invest £2m in the expansion of its pallets factory in Gateshead, and the workforce will rise from 45 to 60 over the next three years.
Rexam has acquired the pharmaceutical packaging division of Compagnie Plastic Omnium of France for £23m.
Zed Instruments, the Thame-based supplier of printing technology, has been acquired by Luscher of Switzerland.
Communisis has sold its colour cards business to Colwell Industries of the US for £12m, in order to focus on print solutions.
The Print Factory is to create up to 100 jobs at a new £2m digital direct mail site due to open opposite its main factory in Northampton next month.
Wyndeham Press has acquired Graphic Facilities Group, the pre-press and print process specialist with offices in London, Kent and Essex, for an initial £4.6m.
Involvement Packaging has acquired De La Pak of Pershore, in order to offer its range of plastic and metal packaging containers across a wider area.
S&C Labels has secured a £0.25m investment from the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Venture Capital Fund to help fund the development of an innovative method of attaching transparent labels to bottles.
Pira International, the Leatherhead-based print and packaging research organisation with 140 staff, has been acquired by Ciba Specialty Chemicals for undisclosed terms.
Polestar is to close its Polestar Anglia magazine printing business in Diss, Norfolk, and 18 of the 56 staff are expected to relocate to Colchester.
CGI Europe, the London-based financial printer with operations in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, has been sold by ADP Graphic Communications to a management buy-out.
Haven Colourprint of Pembroke Dock has been bought out of receivership by Colourprint UK of Cardiff, saving 14 of the 30 jobs.
Maxiprint is planning to expand the workforce at its York-based printing business from 45 to 60 this year.
DS Smith has agreed terms for the £170m acquisition of LINPAC Containers Group, the Louth-based manufacturer of corrugated packaging with 1,320 staff.
Anglo American has launched a takeover bid for Portucel, the Portuguese state-owned pulp and paper company, in an attempt to expand its Mondi division.
Rexam has acquired Polglass, the Polish glass packaging company, from Hunan NV for £10m.
MSO Cleland has bought Galloways Packaging, the Stockport-based food packaging company with 24 staff, out of receivership.
Stampiton Labels has undergone a management buy-out from US-based parent Renaissance Mark for undisclosed terms.
Caledonian Ferguson Timpson has secured a £0.5m Scottish Executive grant to develop a starch-based alternative to foam packaging.
Jaycare, the pharmaceutical packaging company, has been acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners for undisclosed terms.
Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Wiedenbach Group, the German supplier of cable printing equipment, for £7m.
Fairfield Group, the Droitwich-based label printing company with 25 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, backed by Natwest Commercial Banking.
Lyreco, the Telford-based stationery distributor, is investing £10m in the expansion off its headquarters and distribution centre, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Bunzl is to acquire Skiffy Group, the Dutch supplier of plastic components, for £19m, and has also announced the acquisitions of Prolix Packaging of the US and O'Mahony Packaging of Ireland.
J Howitt & Son, the Sutton-in-Ashfield printing company with 346 staff, has been sold out of receivership by KPMG to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Candover Investments has sold Clondalkin, the Irish packaging company with operations across the UK, US and Europe, to US-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus for £430m.
Rexam is to acquire Glas Moerdijk, the Dutch glass packaging plant, from Heineken for £30m.
MY Cartons is investing £10m at its Cockburn Fields carton manufacturing site in Leeds, in order to improve efficiency and cut costs.
Montgomery Litho has bought the sealing wax division of Edinburgh-based Waterstons MacKenzie Storrie out of receivership.
Jarrold Printing, the Norwich-based commercial printer with 326 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out from Jarrold, creating a new company called NJP.
Multigraphics, the Halifax-based printing company, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by 3i.
Polimoon Fibrenyle is to close its plastic packaging factory in Norwich in August with the loss of 91 jobs, although 34 staff may relocate to sites in Nottinghamshire.
Stanelco is to raise £1.5m in a rights issue to fund the development of radio frequency technology for use in sealing capsules of domestic products.
Blagden Packaging, the drum manufacturer with 19 facilities in eight countries, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Alchemy for undisclosed terms.
Pira International is planning to relocate its printing and packaging research business to a new site by spring 2005, having found a potential buyer for its current site in Leatherhead.
Leach Colour is planning to relocate its printing business and 70 staff from Brighouse to the Bradley Business Park in Huddersfield.
West Bromwich Pallets is to relocate its Sandwell recycling plant to a larger £4.5m site in Kelvin Way later this year, with the creation of about 50 jobs.
Celloglas is planning to invest £3.3m in the expansion of its print finishing business this year.
Printbylaser is planning to expand the 24-strong workforce at its Washington-based printing business with 12 additional staff this year.
Graphicraft, the Bedford-based manufacturer of self-adhesive graphics, has acquired Omnigraphics Industrial of South Africa.
Experian has sold its US print and mail outsourcing business to a management team backed by Sterling Capital Partners for £17m.
Linpac Plastics has acquired Infia, the Italian manufacturer of plastic packaging with 300 staff, for undisclosed terms.