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Packaging - 2011
Benson Group, the carton supplier with 900 staff in Bardon, Newcastle, Gateshead and Crewe, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyd's Development Capital.
Enterprise Stationery is planning to expand the 88-strong workforce at its Lurgan-based stationery manufacturing business with 20 new jobs.
Northside Graphics has bought the printing assets of Belfast-based Bradbury Graphics out of administration for undisclosed terms.
GreenBottle is investing £2m in a new site to produce paper milk containers at Lostwithiel in Cornwall.
Pukka Pads, the Poole-based stationery supplier, has acquired Inspired Forms and Cardinal Brands, with the transfer of 39 staff.
SGS International is to relocate its Hessle-based packaging design business to a larger site early next year, and the 78-strong workforce will rise to 140.
Cova Colour Print, the Edinburgh-based digital printing firm, has undergone a management buy-in.
STM Polythene of Norwich has merged with Northampton-based Shirlplass, and the combined group has also acquired the KT Supplies online packaging sales business.
Fiberweb is to sell its hygiene division to Petropar for £179m, including 600 staff involved in the manufacture of nonwoven fabrics in Sweden, Germany, Italy, China and the US.
Macmillan is to relocate its publishing business and up to 200 staff from Oxford to London in 2014.
T&N Plastics has secured RGF funding to set up a new plastics supply facility in Grimsby next year, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
M2 Digital is to create 50 new jobs across the country over the next year, having won a £40m print services contract.
Danilo Promotions has acquired Pixel Colour Imaging, the East London-based printing firm.
Superior Creative is investing £2m in the expansion of its printing plant in Melksham by early next year, with the creation of ten jobs.
Labelgraphics is to invest £5m in the development of a new self-adhesive labels factory in Clydebank, with the creation of 20 jobs.
CFH Total Document Management has bought the business of FST Technologies out of administration, securing 41 jobs in Livingston.
Wasdell Packaging has announced the recent acquisition of Quantum Straightforward, the Swindon-based storage and distribution firm.
Domino Printing Sciences has unveiled plans to build a new headquarters and production plant next to its existing site at Bar Hill in Cambridgeshire, and hopes to create 400 jobs over the next ten years.
DS Smith is to sell its Higher Kings Mill paper mill in Devon to Asia File Corporation Berhad for £4.6m.
St Ives has acquired Response One, the Bath-based marketing services firm with 70 staff, for up to £19m.
KPMG has sold the Scarborough-based confidential printing division of Pindar out of administration to Secure & Confidential Documents, saving the remaining 13 jobs.
Stirling Fibre Group, the paper and plastics recycling firm with 100 staff at six sites in Scotland and northern England, has been acquired by SAICA of Spain.
Coral Products has acquired Interpack, the Luton-based manufacturer of plastic packaging, and has also raised £1.8m in a share placing.
Bunzl is to acquire Majestic Products, US Glove Co and Total Safety Supply Belgium from Majestic Holding of the Netherlands, as well as the Netpak packaging supplies business in Canada.
Bunzl has sold its London-based Provend vending business to Autobar UK for £30m.
RAP Spiderweb of Oldham has bought Hyde-based Pearson Print out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Premier Paper Group has acquired Arc Paper, the Dorset-based merchant.
Reflex Labels has bought the assets of The Plain Label Company out of administration.
Send Marketing Solutions has acquired Seal & Send and will relocate the direct mail business from Derbyshire to its main site in Walsall.
Norwich Colour Print is to merge with F Crowe & Sons to create a combined Norwich-based printing group with more than 70 staff.
Bezier, the point of sale marketing services firm with nine sites across the country, has undergone a management buy-out backed by HIG Europe.
Welton Bibby & Baron is to relocate its paper bags factory and up to 300 jobs from Midsomer Norton to a larger site in Westbury by 2013.
W&M Watson Packaging has acquired Kite Packaging Scotland of Cumbernauld, with the transfer of five staff.
Valpak, the packaging recycling compliance scheme, is considering plans for a management buy-out.
DG3 Europe has bought FS Moore, the East London-based printing firm with 26 staff, out of administration.
Regal Wholesale is to relocate its paper products business from Wallasey to a new 45,500 sq ft warehouse in Bromborough in January.
Pindar has sold its cartography business in Aylesbury out of administration to Halstan Holdings, securing 16 jobs.
API Group is to invest up to £4m in the expansion of its packaging plant in Cheshire, having won a £20m a year contract for its laminates business unit.
Belpac, the Wolverhampton-based packaging manufacturer with 46 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Timberpak is to open a wood recycling plant in North Lanarkshire this summer, in order to supply woodchip to Egger's panelboard factory.
CLE Group, the Huntingdon-based printing firm, has been acquired by Mimeo of the US.
DCL Print has bought the assets of Orchestra Wotton out of administration, securing the future of 16 jobs at its Gloucestershire-based printing business.
H&H Reeds Printers of Penrith has acquired Albany Sign & Display of Carlisle for undisclosed terms.
Moonpig, the online greetings cards firm, is to be acquired by PhotoBox for £120m.
Macpac of Stockport has acquired Hamilton Plastic Packaging of Northampton for undisclosed terms.
Mediatech has been sold out of administration to a new company called MDP Direct, securing the future of 40 jobs at its Rugby-based direct mail and print business.
Ulma Packaging and G Mondini are merging their packaging automation operations in the UK, with the transfer of services to a new facility at Stone in Staffordshire.
National Flexible, the Bradford-based flexible packaging distributor, has undergone a management buy-out.
Williams Lea has acquired Tag Worldwide, the design and production agency with about 2,500 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Weidenhammer UK has acquired L&D Mouldings, the Bradford-based plastic injection moulding firm with 15 staff, and will transfer production to its new site nearby.
DS Smith has sold its Spicers office products business to Unipapel of Spain for £200m, and the UK and Ireland operations have been sold on to private equity firm Better Capital.
Paragon Print & Packaging Group is to relocate the former Sessions of York labelling business and up to 40 jobs from York to a new 42,000 sq ft site in Boston over the next few months.
Robinson is to sell its paperboard containers business in Chesterfield to Sonoco for £2.6m.
DS Smith has sold its Horncastle-based sacks subsidiary to a management buy-out operating under the name of Forum Packaging, securing the future of 83 jobs.
Scott Group has acquired Ellis Pallets, the Wolverhampton-based pallet supplier with ten staff.
Weedon Holdings has acquired Rowpak Containers of Manchester from Jardin Corrugated Cases, with the transfer of about 100 staff.
Aldridge Print Group has been acquired by Blue Printing Company in a pre-pack administration deal through Grant Thornton, with the transfer of 33 London-based staff.
Rexam has sold its US-based lid manufacturing business to Berry Plastics for £223m, with the transfer of about 1,500 staff.
Loveurope has acquired Asset Graphics, the London-based printing company with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Envases is investing £8.5m in the installation of a new production line at its aluminium aerosol can and bottle factory in Port Talbot.
Stadium Packing is planning to extend its timber crate manufacturing facility in Gateshead by 20,000 sq ft, and also hopes to increase the 35-strong workforce by 15 by 2014.
Flawless Makeover Studios is creating 20 jobs at its Middlesbrough-based makeover and photography service.
Esko Artwork is relocating its packaging software business and dozens of staff from Redditch to the Blythe Valley Park in Solihull.
Beatson Clark is investing £16m in the expansion of capacity at its Rotherham-based glass bottle manufacturing business.
ColArt is to relocate the London headquarters of its art supplies business and 56 jobs from Harrow to Notting Dale Village in Shepherd's Bush in November.
Accrol Papers is to submit plans to invest £6m in the expansion of its paper tissues factory in Blackburn, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Plotters Plus, the Bolton-based printing equipment supplier trading as Pluss, has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to a new management team.
Boss Direct has acquired JM Roberts Print to create a combined Bolton-based printing group with 34 staff.
Capita Group has acquired Right Document Solutions, the London-based print services firm, for £30m.
Britton Group, the Cheshire-based packaging firm, has been acquired by Sun Capital Partners for an estimated £90m.
Magnadata has bought Character DPM out of administration, saving about 111 jobs at printing operations in Bootle, Aintree and Warrington.
A&R Carton of Sweden has acquired a majority stake in Speciality Paperboard Containers, the Rotherham-based packaging manufacturer.
Marpak Extrusions is to open a new £1m 10,000 sq ft industrial packaging production facility in Leeds in July, with the creation of an initial 12 jobs.
Iggesund is to invest £108m at its paperboard mill in Workington, in order to switch the site's energy supply to biofuels.
James Townsend & Sons, the Exeter-based label printing firm with 74 staff, has been acquired by Enniskillen-based Webtech NI for undisclosed terms.
Harland has acquired Cobalt IS Auto ID, the Crewe-based printing equipment supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Washington Display has undergone a pre-pack administration deal through Begbies Traynor, securing the future of 62 jobs at its Washington-based point-of-display materials business.
Paperlinx is relocating its Northampton-based paper merchants business to a 7,700 sq ft office at the Pinnacle in Milton Keynes.
Litho Supplies, the Derbyshire-based print products supplier with 64 staff, has been acquired by Agfa of Belgium.
Chesapeake is creating more than 20 jobs at its new 93,000 sq ft packaging distribution centre in Swadlincote.
Parkers is relocating its Knowsley-based packaging business to a 7,000 sq ft unit on Knowsley Business Park.
Alito Color Group is expected to sell its East London printing business out of administration back to its former management team.
St Ives is to sell its magazine printing division to private equity firm Walstead Investments, the owner of Wyndeham Press, for £20m, with the transfer of 670 staff in Peterborough, Plymouth and Cornwall.
Unicorn Graphics, the parent company of Glasgow-based printer Gilmour & Dean, has been acquired by Industria Grafica Eurostampa of Italy for undisclosed terms.
IOT, the Wakefield-based printing consumables supplier with 173 staff, has been acquired by Sharp UK for undisclosed terms.
Gerald Judd has acquired Tavistock Paper, the Wantage-based paper merchant, from Inapa of Portugal.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is forming a joint venture with ECO Plastics to create Europe's largest plastic bottle recycling plant in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Watermark Publishing, the Northamptonshire-based greetings card company with 250 staff, has been acquired by American Greetings.
Label Apeel is looking to expand the 40-strong workforce at its label manufacturing business in Leicester with up to 20 new jobs.
Discovery Foils has acquired the confectionery foil packaging business of Novelis in Bridgnorth, securing the future of 105 jobs.
That Company Called If is looking to expand its Pickering-based gift supplies business with a new warehouse and production facility and ten new staff.
Cliffe Packaging of Stoke-on-Trent has acquired the polypropylene bulk containers business of Norfolk-based Structure-flex for undisclosed terms.
Paragon Print & Packaging is looking to set up a new 80,000 sq ft factory in Cramlington and create 120 jobs over the next three years, and has just acquired the food packaging business of Gateshead-based Skanem UK.
Integrity Print has acquired Mooreforms, the Gwent-based printing firm with 11 staff.
MetroMail has started to relocate its County Durham-based mailing firm and 250 staff to a 140,000 sq ft site at the Foxcover Enterprise Park in Seaham.
Betts, the Colchester-based toothpaste tube manufacturer with 180 staff, has been acquired by Albea.
Doric Anderton has bought The Crimped Paper Works, the Derbyshire-based supplier of food packaging with 30 staff, out of administration.
Print Off has bought the business and assets of JTM Print, the Preston-based printing firm, out of administration.
Park Communications has bought the assets of Granite Colour out of administration, securing 20 jobs at its Southend-based printing business.
Paton Brown has been bought out of administration by its management team, saving 20 jobs at its Manchester-based direct mail business.
Label One is creating nine jobs at its new £1.6m labels factory in the Ballygomartin area of Belfast.
Chamonix Private Equity has acquired Linpac Storage Systems, Linpac Environmental, Linpac Recycling, Linpac Metal Decorating and Intellident from plastic packaging supplier Linpac.