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Packaging - 2005






















Hartley's Printing has acquired Wilprint Group for undisclosed terms, creating a new Cardiff-based printing group called HartleyWilprint with 50 staff.

Stanelco is to build a £3m biodegradable polymers production and research centre in Wales with the creation of 60 jobs, having received assistance from Blaenau Gwent Council.

MonoSol is to set up a new extrusion line at its Aquafilm factory in Worcestershire, in response to rising demand for water-soluble laundry bags and packaging films.

Sepha, the Newtownards-based packaging equipment manufacturer with 15 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Enterprise Equity.

Taylowe, the Maidenhead-based packaging company with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from TP8 for undisclosed terms, and is now looking to relocate the business to a purpose-built site.

Canyon Europe, the manufacturer of plastic trigger sprayers and dispensing pumps, is to create up to 40 new jobs in Mallusk, Antrim, as part of a £10m development project.

Sabre Triad, the Preston-based flexible packaging manufacturer with 45 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

Washington Envelopes is seeking permission from Sunderland Council for the £3m expansion of its envelopes factory in Washington, which would create 34 new jobs.

British Polythene Industries is planning to create up to 40 new jobs at its factory in Heanor next year, and has just completed a £2.5m investment in new machinery.

Stralfors UK has acquired DPS Direct Mail of Orpington for £8m, creating a combined transactional printing business with annual turnover of £28m.

Wayzgoose, the Lincolnshire-based greetings cards and general commercial printer with 60 staff, has announced a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.

UK Steel Enterprise is supporting start-up company Alliance Integrated Solutions with the development of a CD packaging factory in Abertillery, which will create up to 50 jobs.
24-Nov-2005 is to invest £3.2m in a new press for its main printing site in Manchester, and is also looking to expand its branch network from 147 to 300 over the next three years.

MCG Graphics, the package printing company with 105 staff in Hull, London and Cumbria, has been acquired by Southern Graphic Systems of the US for undisclosed terms.

Shore To Shore has acquired John Hampden Packaging, the folding carton company, and Shore to Shore will transfer its own Nottingham division to the JHP site in Derbyshire.

Wyndeham Press has acquired Connect Digital Imaging, the Manchester-based flexographic printing company with 38 staff, for an initial £1m.

Communisis, the printing company, is planning to set up a 100,000 sq ft site at the Estuary Business Park in Speke in 2007, but 40 jobs will initially be created at a temporary site in Bootle in January 2006.

Rexam is to acquire Precise Technology, the US plastic packaging manufacturer with 1,700 staff, for £148m.

Dassett Process Engineering is to merge with BottleTech Solutions, the Cheltenham-based manufacturer of bagging and automation equipment.

Wilsanco Plastics, the Dungannon-based packaging manufacturer with 200 staff, has been acquired by Greiner Packaging of Austria for undisclosed terms.

Garden House Press, the London-based commercial printer, has undergone a management buy-in.

ICL Imaging, the Birmingham-based display printing company, has undergone a management buy-out.

Ovenden Papers has acquired Davies Harvey & Murrell, creating a combined paper merchanting group with 66 staff.

Bunzl has acquired Retail Resources, the US-based supplier of bags, boxes and other store supplies with annual sales of £17m.

McLaren Packaging is investing almost £2m at a new factory in Port Glasgow to make tubes for whisky bottles.

National Screen has acquired Madeart, the London-based reprographics and print management company.

Leading Edge is to set up a new £3m labels and packaging factory in Orton Southgate, Peterborough, with the creation of almost 30 jobs.

Scott Timber has acquired Hambrook Group, the pallet manufacturer with 150 staff at sites in Bristol, Newport, Newton Abbot, Wolverhampton and Featherstone, for undisclosed terms.

East Riding Sack Company is creating 15 new jobs at its paper sacks factory in Stamford Bridge, following a £3.3m investment in new machinery.

Kimberly Clark has won planning permission for a £20m expansion at its paper mill in Barrow, which should create 55 new jobs over the next few years.

Boxstar has been bought out of administration by TP8 of Langley, Berkshire, securing the future of 300 jobs at its packaging operations in Accrington, Leicester, Maidenhead and Leeds.

DS Smith has acquired Timmermans, the office products wholesaler with 130 staff in Belgium and the Netherlands, in order to expand its Spicers business.

Bunzl has acquired AW Mendenhall, the US-based supplier of industrial packaging and disposable products with gross assets of £11m.

Gardners has announced a £2.9m expansion programme for its Cardiff-based printing business, with the initial purchase of six digital presses and the creation of up to 21 jobs.

API Group is to acquire MEPA-S, the German distributor of foil products, for £1m.

Communisis, the Leeds-based print company, has won an outsourcing contract from HSBC which will involve the transfer of 255 HSBC staff, and has also announced plans to build a new "centre of excellence" over the next 18 months.

Kelvin Graphics of Manchester has acquired Direct Imaging, the Cheadle-based digital printing company.

Sterling Print & Design is to relocate its printing business and up to 130 staff from Wellingborough to Kettering by the end of October, as part of a £4m investment.

Jefferson Smurfit is to merge with Kappa Packaging to create the largest cardboard box manufacturer in Europe.

Rexam is to acquire Delta Plastics, the US manufacturer of plastic injection-moulded jars and closures with 350 staff, for £83m.

Valpak has been appointed by the British Retail Consortium to co-ordinate the creation of a network of recycling centres to meet new European rules on the safe disposal of electrical and electronic waste.

CPI, the book printing company that includes Bath Press, Cox & Wyman and Mackays, has undergone a £307m management buy-out backed by Electra Partners and CVC Capital.

AB Graphic International, the label printing company, has awarded a £2m contract to George Houlton of Hull to build a new factory in Bridlington.

Anson Packaging has awarded a £2m contract to Deejak Builders to build a warehouse in Sutton, Cambridgeshire.

Esterform Packaging has acquired Petplas Packaging from Alcan for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with 180 staff in Tenbury Wells and Leeds.

Wyndeham has acquired Blacketts Print Group, the Essex-based screen printing and digital printing company with 81 staff, for an initial £3.9m.

Forscot has secured £0.7m to finance detailed research into proposals to build a £1.1bn wood processing plant in Easter Ross by 2008, including a pulp mill, paper mill and renewable energy generation plant.

Media Square has acquired two print management companies: Symbian Print Intelligence of London and Lineword of Leeds.

Bunzl has acquired Sanicare, the Australian supplier of disposable healthcare products, for up to £6.4m.

Docuserve of Edinburgh has sold its specialist digital printing business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

DSTi Output, the transactional mail specialist, is planning to invest £20m in a new production site at an undisclosed location in the West Midlands by mid-2006, with the creation of 120 jobs.

Roberts Mart is to open a new lamination department at its packaging plant in Leeds next month, as part of a £8.7m investment programme.

Superior Creative Services is investing £2m in its creative, reprographics, photographic and printing operations in Melksham, with a new £0.3m building due to open by the end of next year.

DS Smith has sold John Dickinson Stationery, the office products manufacturer with 450 staff at sites in Cambridgeshire, Tyne & Wear and Herefordshire, to Groupe Hamelin.

Bunzl has acquired Tecep France, the French packaging supplier with operations in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Poland.

Anglia Vale has bought Paramount Plastic Productions, the Ely-based injection moulder, out of administration.

Symbiosis Group, the London-based print services firm with 30 staff that trades under the names of Octopus, POS Promotions and Whitewater, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.

Documedia, the digital print and marketing services company, has undergone a reverse takeover by Tangent Communications, the parent company of London Digital Printing Group.

ECI Partners has acquired Taylor Continental Holdings, the Kidderminster-based manufacturer of trade waste containers with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Harlands, the Hull-based label printing company, has been acquired by Clondalkin Group in a £8.5m deal.

United Drug has acquired TD Packaging, the Swindon-based packaging supplier with more than 200 staff, for £7.4m.

Scott Timber Group has acquired Brennan, the Wirral-based pallet manufacturer, and the Brennan site will close with the transfer of 15 staff to sites in Widnes and Wigan.

Tyco Plastics has sold its plastic films business, which has 380 staff at plants in Potters Bar, Preston, Leeds and Brighouse, to Gil Investments for undisclosed terms.

Inveresk is to sell its Gemini paperboard brand to Tullis Russell Papermakers of Glenrothes for up to £7m, which is expected to involve the closure of its Carrongrove Mill in Stirlingshire in November with the loss of 150 jobs.

Grabor Plastics, the Suffolk-based extrusion blow moulder and bottle decorator, has been acquired by Polimoon for undisclosed terms.

Stanelco is to acquire Biotec Group, the German developer of environmentally-responsible packaging systems, for £14m.

Inca Digital, the Cambridge-based ink-jet press developer, has been acquired by Dainippon Screen of Japan for £30m.

Great Northern Envelopes, the Leeds-based envelope supplier with 123 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by YFM Private Equity and Matrix Private Equity.

Cardinal Packaging has secured a £6m investment to fund the expansion of its carrier bag manufacturing business in Ebbw Vale, with the creation of 66 new jobs.

International Greetings is to acquire Anker International for up to £35m, in order to expand its giftwrap and stationery business.

Formpro has merged with Mail Marketing International to create a combined commercial printing business with sites in Cheddar, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.

The Print Factory has acquired the McCorquodales printing business in Milton Keynes, and one option being considered is the closure of the site with the loss of 90 jobs and the transfer of production to its sites in Swindon and Northampton.

Rexam is to sell its Barnsley-based glass packaging business to Ardagh Glass for £50m.

Fascia Graphics is planning to create ten new jobs at its new printing site on the Bath Road Industrial Estate in Chippenham over the next 12 months.

Fine Colour Packaging has acquired Smurfit Cartons Witham, the Chelmsford-based cartons manufacturer with 90 staff, from Smurfit Cartons UK.

TJ International, the Cornwall-based book manufacturer with 145 staff, has been sold by Ulverscroft Foundation to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Unwins Direct is to relocate its seed business to Alconbury, near Huntingdon, in July, and the closure of sites in Wisbech, Histon and Chester will affect up to 150 staff.

WH Trade Binders of Daventry has been bought out of administration by a former management team for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 56 jobs.

Communisis is planning to expand the workforce at its recently-acquired Dataform print management business on Tyneside from 107 to 125.

Williams Lea is seeking permission from South Norfolk Council to set up a new printing facility in Wymondham, which would create up to 260 jobs.

KCS Trade Print is to relocate to a new 13,000 sq ft factory in north Cornwall in June, in order to house a new die-cutting machine.

SCA Hygiene, the paper products manufacturer, has won permission from Tynedale Council to build a distribution warehouse at its site in Prudhoe, with the creation of 55 jobs.

Renham & Wade is seeking permission to expand its medical packaging factory near Barnard Castle, with the creation of 16 jobs.

Tecnograv, the Derby-based printing equipment company, has been bought out of administration by Tressanda of Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire.

Telcon Packaging, the Kent-based laminated tube manufacturer, has been acquired by Essel Propack of India for undisclosed terms.

Wipak is investing £6m in the expansion of its printed film packaging factory in Welshpool, with the creation of 38 jobs.

St Ives has sold its Johler Druck commercial print business in Germany to Arques Industries for £1.5m.

Simpsongroup, the design and print company, is to relocate to a new £7m headquarters and warehouse in Washington in October, and the new site will include a £2m litho-press system and 59 new jobs.

Ensor Holdings has acquired Wood's Packaging, the Yorkshire-based distributor of packaging materials, for £0.8m.

Heanor Gate Printing has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 70 staff.

Nickerson Europe, the Wellingborough-based screw and barrel supplier that was part of Spaceminster, has been bought out of administration and will now be known as Nickerson.

Audus Noble has acquired Dines Plastics, the Basildon-based plastic packaging company with 46 staff, in a multi-million pound deal.

NEMC has acquired Parkdale Press, the Gateshead-based printing company, for about £0.5m.

The Production Company is to relocate its printing business and 130 staff to a 50,000 sq ft site on Sheffield Parkway this spring, with the creation of 24 new jobs.

Morris Packers & Warehousing Services, the Swansea-based contract packing company with 12 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.

Fascia Graphics is to relocate its Chippenham-based printing business and about 50 staff to a new 12,000 sq ft site on the Bath Road Industrial Estate over the next three months.

PP Payne of Nottinghamshire is to merge with Banbury-based Morane and Mold-based Laminex to create a combined packaging group called Payne with 390 staff.

Parkside International, the Barnsley-based packaging group, has sold two businesses out of administration, with Alcan buying the Polish plant and Parkside Flexibles going to a new company called Parkside Flexibles (Normanton).

Planned Packaging has sold its UK flexible packaging operations to a newly-created company called Planned Packaging Films.

Biddles, the Norfolk-based book printing company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

NCS is to expand its printing operations in Yorkshire, with the closure of its Leeds office and Bradford warehouse and the creation of a new 10,000 sq ft site in Halifax.

Timestrip, the developer of a label that shows when a product has reached its expiry date, is to undergo a £6.4m reverse takeover by Aim-traded cash shell Internet Music & Media.

International Greetings is to acquire Napier Industries, the supplier of own-label gift products, for £4.8m.

Alden Press is to shed 26 jobs at its printing plant in Oxford and relocate the remaining 150 staff to a new site in Witney.

CJ Morton & Co is to set up a new subsidiary called MCM Services in Barnsley in April with the creation of 34 jobs, in order to pack cleaning utensils.

Exel has acquired Power Packaging, the US-based contract manufacturer with net assets of £22m.

API Group is planning to sell its API Converted Products division, which includes 250 staff in Saxmundham, Cheltenham and Nelson, to a management buy-in for up to £12m.

TripleArc has acquired HFS Products, the direct mail company with about 240 staff in Swindon and Cirencester, for an initial £0.6m.

Greeting Card Group is creating 100 new jobs at its distribution centre in Peterborough this month.