Published On: Mon, May 6th, 2013

Five packaging companies joint forces to establish the world’s sixth largest plastics packaging company

Five packaging companies joint forces to establish the world's sixth largest plastics packaging company

Five packaging companies joint forces to establish the world's sixth largest plastics packaging company

Five leading packaging companies in North America and Europe announced on May 2 the intention to combine in order to operate as one global leader under the banner of Exopack Holdings Sarl, a new Luxembourg company.According to the announcement, the combined business will have 63 plants, 8650 employees and aggregate revenues of more than US$2.5 billion, making it the sixth-largest plastics packaging company in the world.

Joining Exopack, a US-based producer of flexible paper and plastic packaging, and advanced coatings, will be four leading companies based in Europe: Britton Group, a flexible plastic packaging manufacturer; PACCOR, the second-largest rigid plastic packaging company in Europe; Kobusch, a producer of tailor-made flexible and rigid packaging systems; and Paragon Print & Packaging, a leader in private label packaging solutions in the UK.

All five packaging companies are affiliated portfolio companies of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. The brand names of the five businesses would remain in use by the Combined Company.The Combined Company is to be led by Jack Knott, serving as CEO. Mike Alger will serve in the capacity of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer; Dieter Bergner will be CEO of PACCOR (Global Rigid business); and Michael Cronin joins the team as CEO of the Global Flexibles business.

“This combination represents a natural next step in a process that began eight years ago to create a global packaging company with a solid foundation for future growth,” said Marc Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners.

“Building on past collaborations between the companies, the combination will immediately achieve synergies and allow the Combined Company to more effectively pursue global business.””By joining together to form this new entity, we will be better able to serve the needs of our global customers through a manufacturing base spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East and China that enhances our ability to deliver outstanding service,” said Jack Knott. “The larger scale will enable us to accelerate the development and commercialization of new and differentiated products that offer our customers a competitive advantage.”

The combination is subject to certain notice and contractual restrictions, and in particular requires the consent of certain lenders to the packaging companies. It is anticipated that all required consents will be obtained within two weeks.