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Packaging - 1999
Jefferson Smurfit is planning to acquire Norcor in a £18m deal, in order to strengthen its position in the UK packaging market.
MediaKey is to sell its training division to a management team for up to £7m, in order to focus on book packaging and publishing and to develop TV and internet operations.
MFI has sold its Hygena Packaging subsidiary to La Rochette of France for £37m.
Boxmore, the Northern Ireland-based packaging company, has accepted a £191m takeover offer from Chesapeake of the US.
UCB Films is to invest £30m at its Wigton factory in Cumbria in order to increase production of label and overwrap films, and 60 jobs will be created.
Waddington, the packaging and printing group, has received a £318m agreed bid from John Mansfield, and a takeover battle could now develop.
Macfarlane is selling its Daniel Montgomery spirit bottle closures operation to Alucapvit Spa of Italy for £2m.
Goodfellow & Egan, the Cambridge-based typesetting company with 50 staff, has been bought by London-based reprographics firm Potts.
Applied Holographics, the supplier of holographic products to the packaging industry, is acquiring Optical Security of the US for £40m.
SCA Packaging is planning to expand its factory in Peterlee with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
MY Holdings, the packaging company, has accepted a takeover offer from Malbak of South Africa that values the company at £164m.
Welsh Development Agency has announced that Soten of Italy is to set up a £2.6m factory at Merthyr Tydfil to manufacture shrink-film packaging, with the creation of 47 jobs.
Jarvis Porter has agreed to sell its electronic labelling division to a management team backed by NatWest Equity Partners for £65m.
Rykneld Tean, the Derby-based manufacturer of packing tapes, has undergone a management buy-out from parent company Autoliv of Sweden.
Massilly of France has begun production at a refurbished jar-top factory at Williamstown in the Rhondda, where it will employ up to 80 workers by next spring.
Rexam has sold its Bowater Windows business to a management buy-out led by Legal & General Ventures for £120m, in order to focus on consumer packaging.
The Industrial Development Board is to support a £2m plan by UPU Industries to expand its agricultural packaging factory in Dromore, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 17 jobs.
Bunzl has acquired Brierley-Almond, the Manchester-based distributor of disposable products, for a sum thought to be about £20m.
RPC has bought Cresstale, the supplier of lipstick containers, out of receivership for £8m, securing 420 jobs at the Teesside plant.
Sentinel, the US manufacturer of packaging foam, is to set up a European headquarters in Plymouth with the creation of 200 jobs over the next four years.
Cleveland Papers and Euro Wallcoverings of Peterlee have undergone a £1.1m management buy-out, securing the future of about 50 jobs at the two plants.
Macfarlane is acquiring Western Foam Packaging Products of the US for £5m, and has also announced the reorganisation of its 15 businesses into four divisions.
Reed Print & Design has acquired carton producer Kelly Packaging of Gateshead, and the company hopes to create up to 250 jobs by expanding its business in domestic and international markets.
AM Paper, the Lancashire-based tissue company, is to be acquired by SCA of Sweden for £192m.
De La Rue is to sell its smart cards business to Francois-Charles Oberthur of France for £200m.
Liberfabrica, the Bath-based book manufacturer, has been acquired by Chevrillon Philippe Industrie of France for £36m, putting an end to plans for a management buy-out.
Laird has sold its US packaging business to Gulf States Paper for £44m, as part of a strategy to focus on car seals and computer components.
Barlo is selling its Stanley Smith PVC film business to Klockner Pentaplast of Germany for £4.5m.
Reed Print & Design is to open a new factory at North Tyne Industrial Estate in Benton to provide a packaging service for the pharmaceutical and food industries, and about 100 jobs will be created.
Adare Printing is acquiring Kall Kwik, the franchised printing company, for £10m.
Ferguson International has sold its Hindson print services division to Elanders Graphics for £6.8m and the BPC graphic design division to Brian Reed for £1.8m.
Ferguson International, the labels company, is to sell its Morplan distribution business to Alphare of France for £12m, and is also negotiating the sale of its remaining businesses.
RPC has acquired the plastic sheet business of Montonate of Italy for £9m, as part of a strategy to become a pan-European supplier of polystyrene and polyester sheets.
Salehurst, the specialist paper supplier, has announced a £22m management buy-out.
Ferguson International is to sell its US-based printing subsidiary DMI to Porter Chadburn for £8.1m.
BWI, the packaging equipment company, has accepted a £48m takeover offer from IWKA of Germany.
CPG Logistics has applied for planning permission to expand its packaging plant at Fareham Reach in Gosport, creating up to 150 jobs.
Rexam is to sell its flexible packaging operation in New Zealand to Royal Packaging Industries Van Leer for £8.6m.
Scapa is selling its paper machine business to Voith of Germany for £329m, in order to focus on its technical tapes operation.
British Polythene Industries is acquiring Nottingham Rope & Twine for £0.7m.
Delta Print & Packaging is to create an extra 20 jobs in Belfast, having won an order to supply cartons to McDonald's outlets throughout Ireland and the UK.
SP Group, the Birmingham-based specialist printing group, has been sold to a management team for £18m.
Tectonic, the Merthyr-based manufacturer of computerised camera systems to monitor printing presses, has been sold to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Porter Chadburn, the printing company, has received a £47m takeover bid from Mail-Well of the US.
Ardagh of Ireland is to acquire Rockware from Owens-Illinois of the US for £240m, and estimates that it will then have 31% of the UK glass containers market and 79% of the Irish market.
Low & Bonar has acquired two rotational moulding companies in the US - PDM Molding of Colorado and PDM Molding NW of Washington - for an initial £10m.
Rexam has sold its Australian envelopes and stationery operations for £21m.
MY Holdings has sold its Corrugated Packaging division to Corpack Industries for £10m, and the proceeds will be invested in the expansion of core activities.
Macfarlane Group has acquired Orion Flexo, the Malvern-based packaging company, for £1.6m, as part of a strategy to provide a complete range of products in the industrial film sector.
Sidlaw, the packaging company, has agreed a £106m takeover bid from Copenhagen-based Danisco.
Field Group is set to be acquired by Chesapeake of the US for £218m, following the withdrawal of Shorewood Packaging from the bidding.
Danisco Pack has acquired March Packaging Group, the corrugated sheet manufacturer with sites in Hastings, Andover, Redditch and Northfleet, for undisclosed terms.
SCA has acquired Danapak Papemballage, the Danish corrugated board producer, for £50m.
Rexam is acquiring Sussex Plastics, the US cosmetics packaging company, for £19m, and is now seeking similar purchases.
Ferguson International is selling its food, beverage and personal care labelling divisions to SE Labels of Norway for £13m.
Mopack Systems is investing £1.2m in the expansion of its flexible plastic packaging factory in Strabane, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
Field Group is to be acquired by Chesapeake of the US for £194m, and Chesapeake will use Field as a base from which to expand into Europe and become a global supplier.
Readicut International is acquiring Chamberlain Coatings, the wallcoverings business, £13m.
Dudley Jenkins, the producer of envelopes and database mailing lists, is to be acquired by Wegener Arcade of the Netherlands for £81m.
CartoInvest of Italy is to set up an £18m tissue paper factory at the Oakenholt paper mill in north Wales, creating 140 jobs.
Great Western Packaging is opening a new distribution facility in Newbury, creating up to 20 jobs.