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Packaging - 2000
Rexam is to sell its Release coated films and papers business to Lohja of Finland for £85m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
Melville Dundas has won a £10m contract to build a new printing facility for Scottish Media Group at Cambuslang near Glasgow.
Tactica Solutions is merging with Astron to create a combined printing operation with 700 staff in Huntingdon, Aylesbury and Edinburgh, casting doubt on the future of 80 jobs at Tactica's Norwich headquarters.
Edrington, the distiller, is to close its cooperage at Lochwinnoch in Ayrshire with the loss of 46 jobs, although some staff will be relocated to a new site at West Calder in West Lothian.
De La Rue is seeking suitable acquisitions to expand its banknote and security services business, and could spend up to £180m.
Yorkshire Forward has announced that Flexible Vision is setting up a £1m packaging production facility at Sherburn in North Yorkshire, and expects to create 34 jobs over the next three years.
British Polythene Industries is to close its Flexer Sacks factory in Portslade with the loss of up to 54 jobs, in order to relocate production to plants in Glasgow and Teesside.
Ex-Press Plastics is to extend its plastic components factory in Norfolk with the creation of 30 jobs, following its buy-out from Low & Bonar.
Molins is planning to acquire Filtrona Instruments & Automation from Bunzl for £12m, in order to expand its packaging equipment business.
St Ives is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its printing business.
G-Plas, the Gwent-based manufacturer of PVC film for the packaging industry, has received a £0.5m venture capital investment from 3i, and plans to double its output over the next three years.
Gardners Books is to set up a new printing plant in Eastbourne with the creation of 200 jobs.
Rigid Paper, the Selby-based manufacturer of recycled paper and corrugated cases, has been bought by VPK Packaging Group of Belgium in a multi-million pound deal.
LPC is to start recruiting 140 new employees at its paper mill in Leicester next February, following a £50m investment in a new mill and de-inking plant.
Kimberly Clark is to set up a European service centre in Brighton, with the creation of about 300 jobs, and a site will be chosen next year.
Oakhill Group is selling its packaging business to Brodr Sunde of Norway for £10m, in order to focus on its print division.
Bezier has sold its Boston-based labels division to Paragon Labels, in order to focus on point-of-sale and corporate printing.
Rexam is looking to sell its beverage can plants at Runcorn, Gelsenkirchen in Germany and Marseilles in France, in order to win European approval for the acquisition of American National Can.
Communisis has sold its Jaycare pharmaceutical packaging business to a company backed by 3i for £29m, while its envelopes business is being sold to Bong Ljungdahl of Sweden for £7.5m.
The Book Service is planning a £5m expansion of its book warehouse facility at Frating in Essex, with the creation of 30 new jobs.
SIG Pack is to relocate its Derby-based packaging equipment business and 70 staff to a smaller site in the city, after its Swiss parent group sold its Riley Automation division to a management buy-out.
British Polythene Industries has sold its flexibles business to a management buy-out team called Inhoco 2107 for £6.6m, and the deal includes Britannia Packaging in Stoke-on-Trent.
Johnsen & Jorgensen, the Dartford-based agency for imported glass and plastic packaging, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Well Well Well is looking to recruit 10 engineers and five technicians at its mineral water plant in Cumbria, following a decision to manufacture PET bottle on-site.
Tetra Pak is setting up a business service centre in Manchester with the creation of more than 50 jobs, in order to support its European and African packaging operations.
Bath Press is planning to relocate its book manufacturing business from the centre of Bath to a greenfield site on the outskirts by 2003, and the company hopes to have selected the site by the end of this year.
Fairway Reprographics of Southampton has acquired Cedar Colour for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its graphics and print capabilities.
Mount Packaging Systems is consolidating its manufacturing plant and offices into a new 10,000 sq ft factory in Dewsbury, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
Bemrose has sold its Letts diary business to a management buy-out with the support of Dunedin Capital Partners for £12m, in order to complete its withdrawal from specialist print services.
Benson Box is to create an unspecified number of new jobs following a £10m investment in a new carton manufacturing facility at Bardon in Leicestershire.
AEP Industries is to close its plastic packaging facility in North Baddesley with the loss of 32 jobs, but sales staff will be relocated to other sites.
RPC is to acquire WIKO, the German manufacturer of packaging for the cosmetics industry, for £25m.
Bowmer & Kirkland is to start work on the development of a new £8m paper mill in Hamilton for LPC Group.
Adare Printing, the stationery and printing company, has agreed a £104m management buy-out.
Low & Bonar has sold its polymers business to Ineco Acrylics, the former ICI subsidiary, for £11m.
Inglis Allen is planning to relocate its printing and finishing functions from Falkirk to Kirkcaldy, which will affect about 20 jobs.
Access Plus, the marketing services company, is to acquire Software Stationery Holdings, the supplier of printed products and print management services, for up to £11m.
Waddies has received £4m in financial backing in order to expand its printing business into the e-commerce sector and complete a move from Edinburgh to Livingston.
Dolphin Packaging, the plastic packaging company, is being acquired by Sealed Air of the US for £79m, in order to give the US company greater access to Europe and additional products in convenience food packaging.
Chronos Richardson, the Nottingham-based weighing and bagging firm, has been acquired by Babcock International for undisclosed terms.
Applied Optical Technologies, the developer of holographic materials for security and packaging applications, is building a new office and research laboratory at Grove Park near Enderby, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Shaw Export Services, the West Yorkshire-based export packing company, has been bought out of receivership by Neal Brothers of Leicester for undisclosed terms.
John Mansfield has sold its Waddington North America disposable plastic tableware business to management for £140m, in order to transform its Waddington packaging division into a printing business.
UCB Films has submitted plans for a new R&D centre at its Wigton plant in Cumbria, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Cotswold Packaging is setting up a new warehouse at Bridgemead Close in Swindon for the distribution of its packing materials, static control products, and safety and hygiene products.
British Vita has acquired Imperial Packaging, the US manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet, for £3.7m.
Low & Bonar has sold its European cartons business to Malbak of South Africa for £80m.
International Greetings has bought the New Jersey-based Stephen Lawrence Company for £1.6m, in order to expand its US wrapping paper business.
Arjo Wiggins Appleton has accepted a £2.2bn takeover bid from Worms of France, but will retain its UK headquarters.
Jourdan is to acquire two companies from Robert Lowe for £8.7m, including the Westfield sterilised packaging business and the Nelsons labels business.
Cepac is creating a further 20 jobs at its recently-opened £20m corrugated cardboard factory near Rotherham.
Worldmark, the East Kilbride-based labelling manufacturer, is expanding into China with the £2m acquisition of Lion City Packaging.
Iggesund Paperboard is to install a £1.6m underground chip conveyor and control room for the wood yard at its Siddick plant in West Cumbria.
Envases of Spain is to invest £5m in the expansion of its aerosol factory in Port Talbot, including a new manufacturing line and warehouse facilities.
John Collins, the Nottingham-based printing company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Supreme Plastics Group is planning to invest £2.5m at its Dunholme resealable bags factory in Lincolnshire, with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Printhouse is to raise about £3.5m in a flotation on the Ofex market, in order to fund the development of an online printing services business.
Ken Wilkins Print Group is investing £7m in new premises and equipment at its Colwick site in Nottingham, in order to expand the services offered to the food packaging sector.
RPC is planning to set up a new £7m plastic packaging factory at Old Dalby in Leicestershire, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Rexam has sold its printing division to John Mansfield for £318m, and John Mansfield has also announced plans to sell the recently-acquired Waddington's food service and pharmaceutical packaging operations.
Johnston Press has sold S&E Distributors to JA Magson, the York-based stationery wholesaler.
Rexam is to acquire American National Can, the US drinks cans maker, for £1.3bn, as part of a strategy to build up a global consumer packaging business.
RPC has acquired Dutch thermoforming company TWP Packaging Twente and its Polish subsidiary TWP Polska.
API, the Macclesfield-based foils and laminates group, has acquired Ohio-based Chromagen for £1.8m.
Goodhead, the Bicester-based printing company, is to undergo a management buy-out in a deal that values the group at £31m.
Macfarlane is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions in order to expand its four main divisions - plastics, packaging, distribution and adhesive labels.
Brimur and Rocor, the Cambridgeshire-based corrugated packaging companies, have undergone a £3.8m management buy-in, arranged by Watersheds of Northampton.
Bretton Communications Group has acquired Frank Peters Colour Printers of Kendal for undisclosed terms, to create a combined printing group with 300 staff.
Bemrose is planning to sell its printing operations in order to focus on the development of its new internet-based promotional goods business.
DuPont is planning to invest £5.5m at its plastics factory in Cargenbridge, Dumfries, in order to increase flexibility in the polyester production section.
Arjo Wiggins Appleton is to demerge its paper merchanting business into a new company called Antalis, allowing it to develop separately from its manufacturing business.
Jefferson Smurfit is acquiring St Laurent Paperboard of Canada for £870m, through its Chicago-based Smurfit-Stone Container division.
Avro Industries has bought Almond Engineering, the Scottish supplier of thermoformed plastic packaging to the food sector.
Bull Card Systems is to set up a new headquarters for its plastic cards business at the Solent Business Park in Fareham, which will involve the relocation of some staff from West Byfleet and the creation of 90 new jobs.
Low & Bonar is planning to relocate its head office from Dundee to London, and sell off its European packaging business for about £60m.
Ward Knowles, the Accrington-based printing company with turnover of £12m, has been sold to management for undisclosed terms.
T&D Industries, the Bradford-based steel drums business, has been bought out of receivership by a management team, saving 250 jobs.
UCB Films has won planning permission from Allerdale Council to extend its Wigton plant, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Fairfield Enterprises, the distributor of packaging and printing machinery, is being acquired by Bobst of Switzerland for £19m.
Low & Bonar is to sell eight North American industrial packaging plants to Hood Companies of the US for £80m.
United Glass is to create a new UK headquarters at its existing site in Harlow, and 90 staff will be relocated from St Albans.
Wolstenholme Rink has acquired Nicoll Graphics, the supplier of products to the printing industry, for about £2m.
Laird has completed the disposal of its printing and packaging operations, with the sale of US-based Panel Prints to a management buy-out vehicle for £9.6m.