International Paper acquires two packaging businesses from DS Smith

International Paper announces that it has agreed to acquire two packaging businesses of DS Smith, located in Portugal (Ovar) and France (Torigni and Cabourg) for 63 million euros (71 million dollars). The closing of the acquisition is subject to the usual conditions, which include regulatory approvals and consultation of the works council in France, whose completion is expected during the next six months. This transaction is related to the requirements of the European Commission for the authorization of the acquisition of Europac by DS Smith at the beginning of this year.
"Corrugated cardboard packaging is a key business for International Paper and the Ovar, Torigni and Cabourg plants will complement our network of corrugated cardboard plants in the Iberian Peninsula and western France," says Eric Chartrain, General Manager of the corrugated board business. Corrugated cardboard packaging from International Paper in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He adds that: "This acquisition further expands our capabilities and allows us to serve customers more effectively through innovative and customized packaging solutions, in addition to creating additional integration value with our recycled paper plant in Madrid" .

Diam Group rolls out its luxury packaging offer

Diam is reinforcing its strategy and expanding in specific segments within the luxury, beauty and wines and spirits space thanks to a two acquisitions: Cofima and Norline.
Cofima is a specialist in the fabrication of luxury wooden coffrets and multi-material gift boxes with historic expertise in wood and cladding. Cofima employs 200 people at its site in Bangkok, Thailand.
Norline is a France-based specialist in short-run covered gift boxes, which has 20 employees in its made-to-measure coffrets atelier in Grigny, near Paris.
These acquisitions will allow Diam Pack, a newly created business unit, to carve a position on the ultra-luxury market. In order to propose a complete offer, Diam Pack has signed partnership agreements with selected factories in China as well as with one of the largest automated coffret factories in Southern Europe.
As such, Diam Pack is positioned as a manufacturer and trader. This allows the company to offer customers both large- and small-series production of coffrets made from cardboard, wood and metal as well as multi-material solutions made in France, Europe or Asia.

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs to join forces to paper bottles

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will form a joint venture in the Danish paper bottle company ecoXpac. When the transaction has been completed, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts of ecoXpac. BillerudKorsnäs is currently the majority owner and has been a shareholder in the company since 2015. BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010 and with Carlsberg Group since 2015.
ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs share the ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction. The two companies intend to leverage the development by combining their resources, competencies and strengths to support scaling ecoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.
In late 2016, Carlsberg Group revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the Green Fiber Bottle, and the first generation of paper bottles has since then been in a testing phase. The plan now is to continue the development to be able to launch and then scale up production. Following generations will be both fully biobased and have biodegradable barriers.
The formation of the joint venture is subject to customary regulatory approvals such as merger control clearances. It is expected that the transaction is completed in Q3 2019.

Cosfibel Group reinforces its positioning with new partnerships

Cosfibel recently signed three partnership agreements to complete its product ranges and bring its sourcing activities closer to European customers.
Cosfibel becomes the exclusive representative in France and Benelux of the company Tendero, directed by Dario Juan and specialist of rigid cardboard boxes on the markets of Fashion, Beauty, Wine & Spirits and Fine foods. Tendero, located in Alicante, has 8 automatic production lines. It should achieve a turnover of 9 million Euros in 2019. This new industrial capacity will complement Grumbe's range of boxes and plastic folding cases, extra to the folding line of cardboard gluing Grumbe has just been investing in.
In addition, Cosfibel signed a long-term exclusivity agreement with the Franco-Tunisian group La Soie, a recognized specialist in spinning, knitting and sewing. La Soie is directed by David Lebard and achieves a turnover of approximately 15 Million Euros. This agreement will enable Cosfibel to develop its catalogue of textile products and accessories in its three Beauty, Wine & Spirits, Fine Food markets. It will also bring its Bags and Accessories activities closer to its main customers.
Finally, Cosfibel also signed a long-term exclusivity agreement with the HPC Group, led and founded by Mouldi ATTIA. This group is a specialist in plastic injection and will be its exclusive contact to develop its sourcing activities in Tunisia. On this occasion, HPC TUNIS becomes his twentieth Urban Network® in the world to develop its sales in the Maghreb.

Free From Plastics Packaging Exhibition and Conference 2019

Free From Plastics Packaging 2019, Europe’s most focused exhibition on Plastics Free and Plastics Alternatives in Packaging will be held from 28-29 May at the Gran Via, Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre to attract European food manufacturers, retail and retail packaging designers.
Plastics Free and Plastics Alternatives are covering Paper Packaging, Carton Packaging, Rice based Packaging, Bio-compostable, Biodegradable Packaging, Corn based Packaging, Re-usable and Re-Cycable Packaging Solutions, and many more Plastics Free solutions.
The two-day exhibition and 2 daily conference programs of Free From Plastics Packaging for the European Food Industry will be held parallel to the European Food Exhibition Free From Functional & Health Ingredients Expo 2019, and is expected to attract excellent attendance from all European market leaders in Food Processing and Retail Packaging Design. The exhibition will feature more than 300 companies from 34 countries: among them are renowned leaders as ASPACK, Mintel, Eska, Granarolo, Ballyfabs International, Bio4Pack, Korea Pavilion, Pedon, Schnitzer and many others.
«Leading Packaging Designers and Retailers have asked us to create a total event strictly for plastic alternative solutions in the Food & Beverage industry sector, driven by Public Opinion on plastic waste and consumer movements like Clean Seas, Turn the Tide on Plastics,» says Ronald Holman, Event Director. “By focusing exclusively on plastic alternatives and smart plastic free packaging solutions, we provide international attendees an excellent and comprehensive overview which won’t be found at the broad spectrum of other events.”
An important element of Free From Plastics Packaging 2019 is the Matchmaking Program organized by partner European Enterprise Network, a EU initiative, which is expected to arrange 500 one-on-one sessions between exhibitors and buyers/ specifiers from around the globe.
The free conference sessions features a total of 60 presentations covering a wide range of market related issues.

Verallia and TM Alcudia Reciclatges invest in a new calcin plant

Verallia has joined TM Alcudia Reciclatges to build a glass recycling plant in the province of Guadalajara. The recycled glass calcín or helmet is necessary for the production of glass containers, since, in addition, to contribute positively to the environment, it reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy.
Both companies will invest seven million euros in this new glass recycling plant that will directly employ 14 people. The new company, Calcín Ibérico S.L., will have the most modern technology and will have a high capacity for waste treatment. In addition, it will be strategically located in Guadalajara to deal with the glass waste generated in the neighboring Community of Madrid.
This is the second calcín plant in which Verallia Spain invests, after recently launching the Recicladora de Vidrio de Canarias plant, S.L. In the last 40 years, the European glass industry has reduced CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by 70%, thanks in part to the use of the cullet, according to the Circular Economy report by Ernst & Young for FEVE. This report also describes that using a ton of recycled glass, the extraction of 1.2 tons of raw material is avoided and 60% of CO2 emissions are eliminated.




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