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Packaging - 2014
Hobs Reprographics of Liverpool is planning to expand its network of 3D printing studios across the country, having raised £7m from the Business Growth Fund.
PFF Packaging has acquired Thermopak, the Gateshead-based operator of a 65,000 sq ft packaging plant with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Boxes & Packaging has acquired the assets of Scott Packaging, the Glasgow-based supplier of corrugated and timber packaging.
Capita has acquired Complete Imaging, the Birmingham-based print services firm with 80 staff.
Chelmsford Council is to consider plans from the International Bible Students Association for a new headquarters and printing plant at Temple Farm, with space for up to 1,200 people.
ECO Plastics has been acquired by investment group Aurelius, securing the future of its plastic bottle recycling plant in Lincolnshire.
Your Print Partner is planning to relocate its Lincoln-based printing business and 14 staff to a new 28,000 sq ft site next year.
Can-Pack UK is seeking permission to extend its Scunthorpe-based factory and warehouse by about 100,000 sq ft.
Potts Print UK has bought Digital XL Services, the Cramlington-based printing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Petainer is to unveil plans to develop a new plastic packaging factory at an undisclosed location in the UK early next year.
Multi Packaging Solutions is to acquire Presentation Products Group, the Arbroath-based gift packaging supplier.
Samuel Grant Group is to relocate its Leeds-based packaging business to a new 50,000 sq ft warehouse at Thornes Farm in 2015, with the creation of 15 jobs.
W&M Watson Packaging has acquired Lothian Labels and Complete Labelling, two self-adhesive label suppliers based in central Scotland.
Advent Print Group, the Hampshire-based printing firm with 80 staff, has been acquired by Thames Group.
Smith & Nephew is to sell its plastic nets and foams factory in Gilberdyke to US-based DelStar Technologies, with the transfer of some of the 91 staff.
Essentra is to create 20 jobs at its packaging factory in Newport.
Precision Printing has acquired a majority stake in First2Print, the Sunderland-based trade printer with 20 staff.
CeDo, the Telford-based supplier of bin liners and aluminium foil, has been sold by Rutland Partners to Straco.
Ricoh is to expand the 700-strong workforce at its printing machinery factory in Telford, following a multi-million pound investment at the site.
Essentra has acquired the specialist packaging division of Clondalkin Group for £287m, including 2,400 staff at 24 sites.
Mercian Labels is to create 25 new jobs at its label factories in Burntwood and Derby over the next three years.
Benders has secured funding of £5.3m to expand production at its paper cups factory in Wrexham.
Elliott Baxter & Company has acquired a 60,000 sq ft warehouse at Trafford Park in Manchester for its paper supplies business.
Avery UK has acquired Label Connections, the St Neots-based self-adhesive label printer with 16 staff, for £1.6m.
HPM & Addo has been bought out of administration by a management team, saving 30 of the 42 jobs at its Newton Aycliffe-based printing business.
Benson Group is to sell Medica Packaging, the Crewe-based packaging supplier with about 100 staff, to an investment team backed by Sullivan Street Partners for undisclosed terms.
Plastics Capital is to acquire Flexipol, the Lancashire-based industrial packaging manufacturer with 100 staff, for up to £11m.
Inspirepac is to set up a 100,000 sq ft packaging warehouse and office at Markham Vale in Derbyshire in 2015, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Polymark, the Daventry-based manufacturer of labels and badges with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Kite Packaging is to relocate its Swindon branch to a new two-acre site on the South Marston Industrial Estate by February 2015.
Nippon Gohsei has announced a £1.3m expansion in the production of the Soarnol packaging product at its plant in Hull.
Totally Wicked is planning to expand its electronic cigarette factory in Blackburn with a new two-storey building and an increase to the 65-strong workforce.
Freshways has acquired DairyStix, the Devon-based supplier of milk sachets.
Pugh's Colourprint has acquired Cardiff-based Chas Hunt to create a combined printing group with 23 staff.
Ardagh Glass is to set up a 10,000 sq ft office at 10 Portman Square in London.
Alumasc Group has sold Pendock, the Telford-based plywood pipe boxing supplier, to Davidson Holdings for £1.5m.
Kaymar Print, the Preston-based commercial printer with 12 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Collcap is to relocate its Leek-based cosmetics packaging business and up to 35 staff to a new site at the Leekbrook Industrial Estate by 2015.
Universal Flexible Packaging is to relocate to a new £11m factory on Lewisher Road in Leicester by summer 2015, with the creation of 56 jobs.
Armin & Butler, the Manchester-based printing firm with 20 staff, has been bought out of administration by Boss Direct.
James Cropper is planning to double the production capacity at its Technical Fibre Products factory in Cumbria over the next year.
Par-Pak Europe has acquired Holfeld Plastics, the Irish packaging manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Webtech is to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Enniskillen-based labels factory with 35 jobs, as part of a £11m investment.
Macfarlane Group has acquired Network Packaging, the Wolverhampton-based packaging distributor, for up to £7.5m.
SurgiChem, the Stockport-based supplier of medication adherence packaging solutions, has been acquired by US-based Omnicell for undisclosed terms.
HLC is looking to create 20 new jobs at its pallet manufacturing operations in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire over the next six months.
Bunzl has announced four acquisitions, including Droitwich-based 365 Healthcare, Cheltenham-based Premiere Products, Bilston-based Lee Brothers and Leicester-based Guardsman.
Learoyd Packaging, the Burnley-based packaging firm with 180 staff, has been acquired by US-based Coveris for undisclosed terms.
Badgemaster has acquired Akorn Badge Company of Cumbernauld for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with 90 staff.
Faerch Plast is planning to expand its plastic packaging factory in Durham, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Arc International Tableware is to relocate its glassware warehouse operations to a 292,000 sq ft site at Pinvin near Pershore, with the creation of 14 jobs.
North Wolds Printers, the North Yorkshire-based printing firm, has been acquired by a former director of Communisis.
Beatson Clark is planning to invest a further £10m in the expansion of its Rotherham-based glass packaging manufacturing plant.
Potts Print UK has acquired Bakershaw Print, the North Tyneside-based commercial printing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Tharstern, the Lancashire-based print management software firm with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Cooksmill is to create up to 20 jobs at its new catering supplies operation in Salford this summer.
Lexicraft, the Wirral-based labels and signs manufacturer with 52 staff, has been acquired by Raventa for undisclosed terms.
Armstrong Packaging, the Arbroath-based rigid box manufacturer with 80 staff, has been acquired by Multi Packaging Solutions for undisclosed terms.
Haven is to relocate its packing business and 84 staff to the 34,000 sq ft former Remploy factory in Clydebank in August.
DS Smith has sold its Pollokshaws-based plastics print solutions business to a management team operating under the name of MBM Print & Supply Chain Solutions.
Service Point UK is to create up to 40 new jobs at its printing operations across the country by the end of the year.
J Stell & Sons is to relocate its Keighley-based cardboard tube manufacturing business to a new factory nearby next year, with the creation of nine jobs.
Sato UK is planning to relocate its Tendring-based labelling factory to a new site nearby.
Glencairn Crystal is to expand the 40-strong workforce at its East Kilbride-based glassware business with 20 new jobs over the next few months.
Doric Group has acquired Food Innovations, the Leicestershire-based supplier of baking products.
API Foils is to invest £5m in the expansion of its decorative foils plant in Livingston.
Coveris has acquired St Neots Packaging, the Cambridgeshire-based cartonboard manufacturer with about 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
UNI Packaging has acquired Arteb Printing, the Merseyside-based flexible packaging manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Sign+Digital, the Irish supplier of printing equipment with 23 staff, is seeking account managers to expand into the UK market.
Mayr Melnhof has acquired a 162,000 sq ft packaging distribution centre on the Deeside Industrial Estate.
Wessex Labels is to expand the 30-strong workforce at its new 20,000 sq ft labels factory in Hampshire with up to ten new jobs.
Creative Graphics International, the Bedford-based supplier of transport graphics and labels with 40 staff, has undergone a £11m management buy-out.
Simpsons Shaving Brushes is considering plans to relocate its handmade brushes factory on the Isle of Man to a larger site of about 15,000 sq ft.
PFF Thermoformed Packaging is looking to expand the 100-strong workforce at its 97,000 sq ft packaging factory in Keighley.
Printpack has sold its UK packaging division to a management team, securing the future of 330 jobs in Bury and Saffron Walden.
Storopack UK has acquired the Northamptonshire-based loose fill packaging division of FP International.
SCA is to create 100 new jobs at its paper tissue manufacturing plant in Skelmersdale this year.
Macfarlane Group has acquired Lane Packaging, the Reading-based packaging distributor, for an initial £0.7m.
Quantum Print & Packaging, the Wednesbury-based carton packaging manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out.
Paragon Group UK has acquired the assets of Service Point UK, the printing firm with offices in Middlesbrough and Gateshead.
Weidenhammer UK is to invest a further £6m in new equipment for its packaging factory in Bradford this year.
TRM Packaging is investing £8m in the expansion of its Lancashire-based cardboard packaging plant.
Innovia Films, the Cumbria-based manufacturer of packaging films with 1,600 staff, has been acquired by Arle Capital for £410m.
Ritrama UK is relocating its Manchester-based self-adhesive materials business from Eccles to a 115,000 sq ft warehouse at the Tameside Industrial Park.
Falkland Press has secured funding of £3.3m to expand its Letchworth-based print and design business, including a new unit for printing machinery and up to 25 jobs.
Sandland Packaging has expanded its West Midlands-based cardboard box manufacturing business with the acquisition of the assets of Conyers Packaging.
Desch Plantpak is to invest £2m in the expansion of its plant pot manufacturing facility in Essex this year, securing the future of 65 jobs.
Tetra Pak is to relocate its headquarters and 60 staff from Wrexham to Chester Business Park over the next few months.
Croft Associates is looking to expand the 24-strong workforce at its Abingdon-based radioactive waste containers business with 20 new jobs.
Vistaprint, the printing firm, is to set up a 15,000 sq ft office at King's Cross Central in London later this year.
Arc-UK has bought the assets of Reproworld, the Bradford-based graphic design and print marketing firm, out of administration.
Owens-Illinois is investing £25m in improvements to its glass bottling plant in Alloa, securing the future of 600 jobs.
Streamline Press has acquired John Baxter & Sons, the Hinckley-based printing firm with about 30 staff.
Beacon Packaging is to expand the 95-strong workforce at its Aldershot-based corrugated box manufacturing business with up to ten new jobs.
George Utz is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its plastic containers factory in Alfreton this year, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Delta Print & Packaging is investing £40m at its carton packaging plant in Belfast, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Scenestock, the Leyland-based packaging supplier trading as Leyprint with 54 staff, has been sold out of administration to a new company called Affinity Packaging.
Advanced Pallet Systems is to relocate up to 57 staff to the former TE Connectivity site in Bideford later this year.
DCC Health & Beauty Solutions has acquired Lancashire-based UPL to create a combined contract packing group with 500 staff.
PPS Midlands is to relocate its Leicestershire-based transit equipment business to a new 76,000 sq ft site at Marchington in Staffordshire, with the creation of 15 jobs.
JF McKenna is to expand the 49-strong workforce at its Armagh-based packaging business with ten new jobs.
Plastribution has acquired Armstrong Bradley, the Cheshire-based plastics supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Royston Labels is relocating its Hertfordshire-based labels manufacturing facility to a larger 60,000 sq ft site on the Orchard Road Industrial Estate.
Scott Group has agreed a deal with Viridor to set up a £25m glass recycling facility at its packaging plant in Newhouse, Lanarkshire.
Logson Group is to invest £15m in the expansion of its corrugated packaging operations in Preston and Chesterfield, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Benson Group, the packaging manufacturer with 900 staff in Leicester, Newcastle, Gateshead and Crewe, has been acquired by US-based Graphic Packaging International for about £100m.
Askern UK has secured a £1m European grant to fund the development of a new £4.5m wood and cardboard packaging plant in Doncaster, with the creation of 92 jobs.
Rigby Group has acquired M2 Digital, the Manchester-based print services firm with 180 staff, from ECI for undisclosed terms.
Warren Board Sales is setting up a new cartonboard facility in Wednesbury, having acquired machinery from the Reno De Medici site.
Collcap Packaging, the Staffordshire-based supplier of cosmetics packaging, has undergone a management buy-out.
Rexam is to sell its pharmaceutical devices and prescription retail packaging divisions to Montagu Private Equity for £494m.
Viridor is planning to build a £25m glass bottle recycling plant at Newhouse in North Lanarkshire, with the creation of 30 jobs.
My Pack Company is to relocate its Barnsley-based contract packing business to a 40,000 sq ft warehouse at Dodworth.
Corrugated Synergies International of the US is to set up a 320,000 sq ft packaging warehouse in Scunthorpe, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Gwalia Packaging is to invest £1.8m in new equipment for its container manufacturing business in Pontypridd.
Garthwest Packaging has acquired a 320,000 sq ft factory and warehouse unit on the Normanby Enterprise Park near Scunthorpe.
AlphaGraphics North East has expanded its Stockton-based printing business with the acquisition of School Diaries for undisclosed terms.
Encore Envelopes is to create up to 40 new jobs at its Washington-based envelope manufacturing business, following the acquisition of the UK subsidiary of Spanish firm Tompla Envelopes.
Corrugated Box Supplies has acquired Connect Packaging, the Essex-based corrugated sheet manufacturer with 80 staff.
Really Useful Products is to invest £7m in the expansion of its Normanton-based storage box manufacturing business, with the creation of 175 jobs by 2020.
Concord Filing, the paper products manufacturer with 111 staff in Liverpool and London, has been bought out of administration by Pukka Filing Products.
TCL Packaging is to relocate its Telford-based flexible packaging business to a 70,000 sq ft factory on Stafford Park.
Accrol Papers is planning to invest £12m in the expansion of its tissue production plant in Blackburn, with the creation of 90 jobs.