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Packaging - 2010
Nampak Cartons and Nampak Healthcare have been acquired by Platinum Equity of the US for £80m, with the transfer of up to 600 staff at packaging sites in Leeds and Gillingham and 464 staff at healthcare sites in Bradford, Bromborough, Liverpool, Newmarket and Portsmouth.
RPC Group is to acquire Superfos Industries, the Danish plastic packaging manufacturer with 1,300 staff at nine plants across Europe, for £205m.
GreenTech is to develop a 25,000 tonnes-a-year plastic bottle recycling plant in the London borough of Enfield by 2012.
APS Group of Manchester has acquired Relate4U, the Dutch marketing and print management company with 34 staff.
Speciality Coatings has secured funding of £7m from GE Capital to expand its Lancashire-based wallpaper business, which currently has 47 staff in Darwen.
Aerocan, the aerosol cans and bottles manufacturer with sites in Devizes, France and the Czech Republic, has been acquired by Ball for £185m.
H&H Group has acquired Reeds Printers, the Penrith-based printing firm with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Labelgraphics is planning to build a new 50,000 sq ft labels factory in Clydebank by 2012.
Pira International, the Leatherhead-based provider of packaging and printing testing services with 120 staff, has been acquired by Smithers of the US.
TRM Packaging has secured bank funding to support a £4m investment in the expansion of its Burscough-based cardboard packaging business.
Paragon Flexibles is planning to build a new 83,260 sq ft packaging factory in Gainsborough, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Duplo International is to relocate its printing equipment business from Esher to a new £3.5m headquarters in Weybridge by the end of next year.
Filtrona has acquired Stera Tape, the Bridlington-based manufacturer of adhesive tapes with gross assets of £2.6m.
Kendall Press has sold the assets of its Trafford-based printing business out of liquidation to a new company called MTS Press.
St Cuthberts Mill has been bought out of administration by a former manager, securing 41 jobs at its paper mill in Somerset.
ESP is considering plans to expand its paper products production and storage facilities in Malvern, with an increase to the 50-strong workforce.
London Graphic Systems has acquired Turning Point Integration, the London-based digital asset management and workflow specialist.
Merton Group is investing £2m in the expansion of its Leicester-based tissue factory into a 14,500 sq ft site nearby, with the creation of 14 jobs.
Printing.com has acquired Media Facility, the Dutch printing services firm, for £1.7m.
Mailway Packaging Solutions of Bradford has bought a range of packaging machinery assets from the liquidators of Concept to Consumer Europe.
Apple Web Offset, the Warrington-based printing firm with 84 staff, has been sold by Trader Media Group to the owner of Essex-based Wyndeham Group for undisclosed terms.
Potts Print is planning to expand the workforce at its Cramlington-based printing business from 140 to 200 over the next five years.
Paramount Print Group has been bought out of administration by Character DPM, saving 36 of the 68 jobs at its Stockport-based printing business.
Timberpak is to create ten jobs at a recycling plant due to open in Washington in January, in order to supply timber to parent company Egger.
Standout Design & Marketing is looking to double the size of its Leicester-based packaging design business over the next three years, including acquisitions and up to 20 new jobs.
Xaar is creating up to 200 new jobs with a £22m investment at its inkjet printing factory in Huntingdon.
Guardian Products has bought Folding Services, the Bury St Edmunds-based print finishing firm, out of liquidation.
Character DPM has acquired Tech Litho and Tudor Print & Design of Bootle and APG Visual Colour of Stockport, in order to expand its mailing and direct marketing business.
Alpha Media Solutions is planning to expand the 85-strong workforce at its Bradford-based printing business with up to 20 new jobs, in order to diversify into packaging.
Paragon Group UK has bought the assets of Wright Printing Services of Rotherham.
Protectaseal is to relocate its security tapes and labels business from Luton to Tiverton by the end of the year, with the creation of about 15 jobs.
O-I Alloa has secured a £1.3m Scottish Government grant to support a £9m investment in the expansion of its glass packaging plant in Clackmannanshire.
Borble of Rhyl has merged with Berkshire-based Labels First to create a combined labels group with annual turnover of £2.3m.
Glossop Cartons has acquired the assets of Clowes Printers, the Manchester-based carton manufacturer, out of administration, saving 18 jobs.
Dormex Containers has raised £1.3m to fund the expansion of its Rochdale-based pharmaceutical packaging business, including the acquisition of new premises in Frodsham, Cheshire.
CWE Solutions of London has acquired DCP Systems, the Sheffield-based supplier of printing machines.
Ardagh Glass has bought Impress Cooperative, the metal packaging group with 7,500 staff, from Doughty Hanson for £1.4bn.
LPC Print has acquired The Midas Press, the Farnborough-based printing firm with 78 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bottleworks has raised finance to expand production at its West Yorkshire-based glass bottle decorating business and secure the future of about 160 jobs.
Vio Worldwide, the London-based publishing services firm with 29 staff, has been acquired by Dubsat of Australia.
Ardagh Glass has secured a £2m grant to help fund a £16m investment at its plant in Irvine, in order to upgrade its facilities and secure the future of 248 jobs.
Progressive Print Solutions, the Leeds-based printing firm, has been sold out of administration to PPS Grasmere, securing 20 of the 32 jobs.
J&A Young is looking to develop a second Jayplas food-grade plastics reprocessing facility by summer 2011, similar to its new site in Corby.
Ruddocks Print & Design has acquired Printmatrix of Colchester, and its digital printing operation will be moved to Lincoln.
Metropolis International has bought the Packaging News, AV and Motoringjobs publishing activities of Haymarket Media Group.
Herbert Industrial, the label equipment manufacturer with 50 staff in Haverhill and Oldham, has undergone a buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Pyramid International has bought some of the assets of The Art Group, the supplier of framed prints, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Allied Glass, the manufacturer of glass containers with 600 staff in Leeds and Knottingley, has undergone a £75m management buy-out.
Xaar is to create 50 new jobs at its factory in Huntingdon over the next year, due to rising demand for its new ceramic tile printing technology.
Accrol is seeking a larger site for the relocation of its Blackburn-based tissue factory and up to 70 staff.
Barony Universal Products is to invest £14m in the development of a new aerosols factory in Irvine, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Tesco and developer Spen Hill are seeking planning permission from the London Borough of Havering for a distribution centre to recycle packaging at Beam Reach Business Park, which could employ more than 900 staff.
Wasdell Packaging is to create up to 200 jobs at its new site in Swindon by the end of the year, including the transfer of staff from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.
Geka Manufacturing has undergone a management buy-out from its German parent, securing 110 jobs at its packaging factory in County Durham.
Tower Supplies of Bury has merged with SCR Envelopes of Leeds to create a combined envelope printing group with 60 staff.
Northern Case Supplies is setting up a new timber pallet manufacturing facility at Cromwell Road in Ellesmere Port.
Graham Labelling & Sleeving, the Essex-based labelling equipment firm, has been acquired by Accraply of the US for undisclosed terms.
Paragon Group has bought the BemroseBooth printing operations in Hull and Thornaby out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Pinstripe has acquired Edward Fox of Stafford, creating a combined printing group with annual sales of £4.5m.
Amari Plastics has acquired Graphic Printing Technologies, the Slough-based supplier of printing equipment.
Dsicmm, the Essex-based printing firm, has been acquired by DST Systems of the US and will be combined with DST's UK-based print and mailing division.
Kite Packaging has acquired the Hayes-based industrial packaging division of Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies for undisclosed terms.
CroftonMastrom has bought Clearview Press, the Hertfordshire-based printing firm with 30 staff, out of administration.
CCS McLays, the supplier of packaging and print management services, has agreed a lease with Hawtin on a 54,000 sq ft unit at the Blackwood Industrial Park in South Wales.
DS Smith is to acquire Otor Group, the French corrugated packaging company, for £206m.
Bunzl has acquired Etablissements Glorieux, the Belgian supplier of cleaning and hygiene consumables and equipment trading as Global Net.
Fourstones Paper Mill has secured funding from Scottish Enterprise to reopen the Fettykil Mill in Leslie, with the creation of 95 jobs over the next five years.
Weidenhammer is to proceed with plans to build a new composite cans factory in Bradford by the end of 2011.
RSM Tenon is in negotiations to sell the Cardinal Packaging carrier bags business in Ebbw Vale out of administration to a former director.
Danwood Group has acquired Talbographic, the digital printing firm, and will relocate the ten staff from Westleigh to Hamilton Business Park in Leicester in September.
Total Marketing Services of Kent has been acquired by Inspired Thinking Group for £3.2m.
APG Visual Colour has sold its assets out of administration to Liverpool-based Character Mailing, securing 15 jobs at its Stockport-based printing business.
Sessions of York has sold its labelling machinery division out of administration to local investment group Audasi, securing seven jobs.
Arena Group is planning to expand the workforce at its Wakefield-based printing business from 130 to 250 by 2015.
Colorset UVI has acquired UVI Nottingham, the Sutton in Ashfield-based printing firm with 12 staff.
LPC Group, the Leicester-based tissue manufacturer with 620 staff, is expected to be acquired by Sofidel of Italy.
St Ives has acquired Occam DM, the Bristol-based database marketing services company with 80 staff, for £12m.
DS Smith is to sell Copikas, its Turkish corrugated packaging business, to Olmuksa International Paper-Sabanci Ambalaj Sanayi Ve Ticaret for £4.7m.
Plain Label Company, the Nottinghamshire-based label printer, has been sold out of administration by SFP to its former directors.
Potts, the Cramlington-based printing and packaging company with 125 staff, is looking to build a second factory and create ten new jobs.
RPC Containers is investing £4.5m in new equipment at its packaging factory in Rutland, securing the future of 325 jobs.
RSM Tenon is to sell FRC Packaging, the Oldham-based supplier of pallets and timber containers with 30 staff, out of administration.
Etrinsic is to relocate its Solihull-based print management business and 80 staff to Cranmore Drive this month.
Hobs has acquired AM Reprographics, the Bristol-based printing firm with six staff, for undisclosed terms.
Law Print Pack has acquired the Qbag food cooking bags business from FFP Packaging Solutions of Northampton for undisclosed terms.
Paragon Print & Packaging has bought the assets of the label division of York-based Sessions out of administration, securing eight jobs.
Document Despatch, the Basingstoke-based direct mail firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Pinstripe Print Group has acquired Edward Fox & Sons, the Birmingham-based printing firm with about 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Swiss Post International has acquired MCM Direct, the Southampton-based direct marketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Mailway Packaging Solutions is to create about ten new jobs in Bradford, having won a new confectionery packing contract.
Barony Universal Products has secured a £2m Scottish Government grant to expand its aerosol sprays factory in Ayrshire, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Datamonitor has acquired Pack-Track, the packaging research firm, for undisclosed terms.
Bunzl has acquired MS Global and its trading subsidiary Silco Utensils, the Israel-based supplier of foodservice disposables.
White Horse Press is to restart its printing business in Newbury following the acquisition of the assets by Synergie, and 20 staff have been re-employed.
Sharp Interpack has been acquired by Groupe Guillin of France for undisclosed terms, including packaging production sites in Aylesham, Bridgewater and Yate.
Smurfit Kappa has secured clearance from the OFT to acquire Mondi's three corrugated plants in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and North Wales.
Lick Group has bought the assets of Lick UK in a pre-pack administration deal with BWC Business Solutions, securing the future of its Leeds-based direct mail operation.
Williams Lea is to take over the mailing operation of Royal Bank of Scotland, in a £100m deal that will involve the transfer of 215 staff in Shepshed and 60 in Livingston.
Line Packaging & Display, the Kent-based supplier of temporary retail displays with about 100 staff, has been acquired by STI Group of Germany.
Mercian Labels has bought AC Labels, the Derby-based labels supplier, out of administration.
Leonard Curtis has sold the assets and goodwill of Best Cover UV, the supplier of coatings to the printing sector with sites in Leeds and Bristol, out of administration to a newly-formed company.
Rieke Packaging Systems is planning to expand its plastic bottle manufacturing business in Leicester with the creation of up to 20 jobs over the next two years.
KPMG has sold the remaining printing business of The Print Factory of Northampton out of administration to its former management, securing the future of about 100 jobs.
Kimberly Clark is planning to set up a £24m distribution centre at Buckshaw Village in Chorley next year, with the creation of up to 140 jobs.
SCA Foam Products is investing £1m in improvements to its packaging components factory in Spennymoor, County Durham, securing the future of 53 jobs.
Seda UK is to invest £12m in the expansion of its South Wales-based paper cup manufacturing business over the next four years, with the creation of 26 jobs.
Greenshoots Print & Direct Mail has bought Print Wright and DNA Printing Solutions of Ipswich out of administration, securing the future of 24 jobs.
Thumbs Up is to extend its plastic storage boxes production facility in Radcliffe by 43,000 sq ft this year, and is currently recruiting 30 additional staff.
Thomson Litho, the East Kilbride-based printing firm with about 300 staff, has been acquired by GZ Media of the Czech Republic for undisclosed terms.
Advance Tapes International is looking to relocate its Leicester-based adhesive tapes manufacturing business to a larger 100,000 sq ft site within two years.
APS Scotland has won a Scottish Government printing contract that could be worth up to £170m, which will involve the transfer of more than 56 staff from RR Donnelley.
Skymark is investing £10m in the expansion of its printing and packaging factory in Scunthorpe, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Filtrona has acquired BP Labels, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of self-adhesive labels, for up to £4.5m.
Duraweld, the Scarborough-based plastic stationery manufacturer with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
WHP Newbury, the Berkshire-based printing firm with 58 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
PPS Equipment Management has acquired TFA Box Company, the Grimsby-based supplier of pallets to fish wholesalers, for undisclosed terms.
Thermodynamix Thermoforming Specialist Services (TDX) is to install an additional plastic extrusion line at its packaging factory in Gateshead, in order to double production and increase the 70-strong workforce.
Paragon Print & Packaging has submitted plans to Boston Borough Council to build a new packaging factory and warehouse at Kirton Distribution Park, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Office2office has acquired the trade and assets of the business process outsourcing division of The Print Factory London out of administration for up to £0.7m.
Mailway Packaging Solutions has undergone a pre-pack administration, securing the future of 230 jobs at its Bradford-based contract packing business.
Palm Paper has acquired the Cheshire Recycling paper collection business out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 40 jobs, and will use the recycled newspapers and magazines at its mill in King's Lynn.
Crown Speciality Packaging is relocating its Mansfield-based metal packaging business, which has 160 staff, to a larger site at Crown Farm Way.
Boxlogix, the Bury-based vending machine management firm with 16 staff, has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to Hilton Lane Associates of Bolton for undisclosed terms.
Oxford University Press is planning to relocate its book distribution centre from Corby to Kettering, affecting up to 300 jobs.
Paperfeel, the Peterborough-based packaging manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out and will be renamed Bespoke Polythene Packaging.
FT Print has acquired UDM Print Management of Buckinghamshire, creating a combined group with annual turnover of £26m.
Midas Press, the Farnborough-based printing firm with 85 staff, has been sold out of administration by Middleton & Partners to a management team.
Accrol Papers is looking to expand its paper factory in Blackburn onto an adjacent site, but may decide to relocate the 69 staff away from the town.
Callprint Group has bought Redwood Press, the Liverpool-based commercial printing firm with 15 staff, out of administration.
Midway Colour Print has been sold out of administration by Harrisons to a new company called Trowbridge, securing up to 40 jobs at its Wiltshire-based printing business.
MCR has sold Riverside Flexibles out of administration to a company called Different Page, securing up to 31 jobs at its Somerset-based flexible packaging business.
Orchestra Group has bought Cove (SW), the Somerset-based digital printing firm with 12 staff, out of administration.
Mortons Print has acquired Lincolnshire Mailing Company, the Horncastle-based mailing firm with 13 staff.
Rosewood Packaging has sold its corrugated and timber packaging facility in Cumbernauld to Scott Timber.
DS Smith has sold Demes, its logistics and pallet service, to international transport packaging group Cartonplast Holding.
Litho Supplies has sold its Derbyshire-based printing consumables business out of administration to a new company called DM1 (Herts), securing 82 jobs.
UPM Shotton is to build a £17m materials recycling facility at its paper mill in North Wales by January 2011, with the creation of 160 jobs.