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Packaging - 2001
Barlo Group has sold its Irish polypropylene strapping business to ITW Ireland for about £3m, in order to focus on the development of its Sealcon dairy container business.
Fillmore Packaging has acquired PP&P of Corby in order to expand its presence in the corrosion inhibitor packaging market, and the PP&P staff and stock have already relocated to Wellingborough.
Carlton Barclay has acquired Litho-Tech, the London-based corporate sheet fed printer, for undisclosed terms, and will shed about 30 of the 260-strong workforce.
Roberts Metal Packaging has bought the assets of Andover-based London Bottle Closures out of receivership.
Rexam is to acquire Crown Cork & Seal's beauty pumps business for £75m, funded by a £108m share placing, in order to enhance its US manufacturing capability.
Ivex Packaging is planning to create 45 new jobs at its recently-opened factory in Bishop Auckland over the next three years.
British Polythene Industries has sold its Nelson Packaging business to a management buy-out for £2m.
TripleArc is planning to raise up to £4m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its online print services business.
DocuMedia, the stationery printer, is to be bought out of receivership by ControlP for £1.6m, and ControlP will seek to dispose of the properties acquired and relocate the business to leased premises.
Ebenezer Baylis, the Worcester-based catalogue and book printer, has been acquired by John Goodman & Sons of Birmingham, creating a combined group with 150 staff and turnover of £12m.
Alito Colour Group has bought Keldia, the Walthamstow-based printing company, out of administration and is planning to move to larger London premises early next year.
Photobition's receivers have sold 14 photo labs to a new company called Service Graphics.
United Packaging, the Cleckheaton-based manufacturer of stretch wrapping machines, has been acquired by MJ Maillis of Greece.
Bunzl has acquired WA Blyth, the Swansea-based distributor of personal protection equipment and hygiene supplies with annual sales of £16m.
Box Carton has acquired Swan Fields Packaging to create a combined carton and litho laminated box business with sales of £7m, and Box Carton will transfer its business from Birmingham to the Swan Fields site in West Bromwich.
Bunzl is planning to relocate its Reel Paper Company paper distribution business and up to 40 staff from Nottingham to a new office and warehouse in Castle Donington in December.
Bunzl has acquired Nebraska-based Packers, the supplier of disposable products to the beef and pork industry, for undisclosed terms.
Chesapeake has sold its Consumer Promotions International display business, which includes 140 staff at a factory in Leicester, to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Bunzl has expanded its packaging consumables business with the acquisition of the DKI Group in Denmark and the Eastern Paper division of EPC Industries in Canada.
Nicholl Food Packaging has acquired Ekco Packaging, the Chesham-based manufacturer of aluminium foil containers with sites in Portsmouth, Belgium and France.
Texol Technical Solutions, the Dundee-based supplier of prototyping, packaging and fabrication services, is planning to create up to 250 jobs over the next five years, to add to the existing 220-strong workforce.
Sappi is to close its paper mill in Glenrothes with the loss of up to 200 jobs, although some staff will be relocated to sites in England.
Field Group is considering plans to close at least one of its two Scottish carton plants in Edinburgh and East Kilbride, which have a total workforce of about 400, and may set up a new greenfield site in the UK or mainland Europe.
Tagsa, the Newbury-based manufacturer of self-adhesive materials, has been acquired by Adhesive Specialities of London.
Potter & Moore, the Peterborough-based toiletries packaging company, has been bought out of receivership by a new company called Nemesis Toiletries, saving 160 jobs.
Textflow is expanding its Belfast-based printing business with the acquisition of the Northern Ireland operations of logistics company Astron.
Caledonian Colour Printers is moving into larger premises at the South Park Industrial Estate in Peebles, with the creation of six jobs.
Danisco of Denmark has sold its Danisco Pack subsidiary in the UK to Mondi Packaging for £64m.
David S Smith is acquiring a number of corrugated packaging operations from Mondi Packaging for £21m, including sheet feeder plants in Hastings and Kettering.
Merlin Colour Printers of Canvey has been acquired by Nottingham-based print management specialist Bridge Direct, securing the future of 25 jobs.
Scottish Enterprise is in discussions with Clydeport about the possibility of building a £400m wood pulp mill at the Hunterston deepwater terminal in north Ayrshire, which could create about 800 jobs.
Jarvis Porter has sold its Nottingham-based swing ticket and tags business to a management buy-out, while its Hinckley plastic carton and vision packaging equipment business has been sold to Hallmark Cards for £0.4m.
Avery Dennison Roll Label, the Cumbernauld-based supplier of self-adhesive labels with 50 staff, has been sold to management and changed its name to Merroc.
Macfarlane is to sell its plastics division to Tyco Plastics of the US for £49m, and the proceeds will be used to acquire packaging companies in the UK and Europe.
Rexam has acquired the Danish plastic packaging operation of Danapak and certain assets of Tolkki of Finland for about £16m.
Aero-Print, the Aylesbury-based airline ticket printer with 100 staff, has been bought out of administration by Avia Invest Leasing.
Symphony Plastic Technologies is planning to raise up to £5.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its degradable polythene business.
W&G Baird Group has sold its Textflow digital printing division to management for undisclosed terms.
Quinn Glass is planning to build a £180m glass bottling plant on the former Ince Power Station site in Cheshire, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Domino Printing Sciences has acquired Alpha Dot, the manufacturer of coding and marking equipment, for £3m.
Rexam is to sell two beverage can plants in Runcorn and France to Schmalbach-Lubeca of Germany for £52m, in order to win approval for the acquisition of American National Can.
Bunzl is to acquire the carrier bag supply business of British Polythene for up to £8.5m.
The Book Service has won approval from Tendring Council for a £6m expansion of its book warehouse in Frating, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
GT Cheshire & Sons, the Kidderminster-based printing company, has undergone a management buy-out from Great Universal Stores for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 110 jobs.
Wyndeham Press has confirmed plans to relocate four commercial printing subsidiaries, including Midland Printing Services in Shrewsbury, to a new site in Luton to cut costs.
Lettershop Group, the direct marketing company, is investing £7m in new equipment at its factory in Leeds, including a new Heidelberg M600 press line.
Lindal Group is to close the Aerosol Research & Development factory in Portsmouth with the loss of about 100 jobs, in order to relocate production to Leighton Buzzard.
Barrier Technology, the Manchester-based foil packaging company with 15 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from SNEC of France for undisclosed terms.
Alistair McIntosh has set up an office with an initial 10 staff on the Deeside Industrial Park, to handle a new £10m a year print management and stationery contract for the Bank of Scotland's operations in Chester.
Howle Holdings is to acquire Innotek Precision, the London-based supplier of tools to the metal packaging industry, for £0.4m.
Hallmark is to start recruiting 100 staff for its new greeting cards headquarters in Bradford this month, while other employees are being relocated from Bath and Henley.
Molins has bought Rose Forgrove, the manufacturer of horizontal flow-wrapping machines, out of receivership, and production is being moved from Wakefield to Nottingham.
CPI Thermotic of Mansfield is creating more than 150 jobs to work on the production of a new self-heating coffee-in-a-can for Nestle.
Waddies has bought Polton Press out of receivership for undisclosed terms, saving 30 jobs.
Corenso is to acquire the core and tube business of BPB Paperboard's Centacor division, which employs 100 people at factories in Newcastle, Westhoughton and Maidstone.
Littlewoods is to relocate its Liverpool-based JCM Media printing operation with the loss of 85 jobs, and is seeking a suitable site elsewhere on Merseyside.
W&G Baird Group has bought Corporate Document Services, the Leeds-based printing and information management company, for £10m.
The Welsh Development Agency is to help fund a £5.4m investment by Packem of Austria to set up a printing facility for the drinks industry in Rhyl, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Adroit Bristol, the reprographics company, has been bought out of receivership by a management team for undisclosed terms, saving 17 jobs.
CarnaudMetalbox, the drinks can manufacturer, is setting up a new 182,000 sq ft warehouse at Prologis Park in Leicester.
GEI, the packaging machinery company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, securing 600 jobs.
Macfarlane has agreed to acquire National Packaging from Charles Baynes for £22m, which is expected to lead to savings in distribution and procurement.
Braitrim, the supplier of garment handling and packaging systems, has been sold by Mercury Private Equity to Spotless of Australia for £36m.
GB Posters is relocating its poster supplies business to larger premises in Sheffield, with the creation of up to 48 new jobs.
Texol Technical Solutions has acquired Prisme Packaging and Klever Cases, the Carnoustie box-making company, for a combined £0.5m.
Quinn Glass has commissioned a new bottle-making line at its Derrylin plant in Northern Ireland, and has secured outline planning approval to set up another plant near Chester.
Stratus Holdings is to open a new book printing facility in Thirsk with the creation of 50 jobs.
Rexam is planning to sell its coated films and paper subsidiary to FiberMark of the US for £92m.
Fort James Georgia-Pacific is to invest £10m at its tissue products factory in Maesteg, which should lead to the creation of new jobs.
Waveline is to create 30 new jobs at its tissue products factory in Larne this year.
Hazlewood Foods has sold FH Lee, the manufacturer of paper products for supermarkets, to Kruger of Canada.
Paterson Zochonis is investing £3m in new packaging equipment for its Cussons soap factory in Nottingham.
Wyndeham Press is planning to relocate two printing subsidiaries from Wembley to Luton, while Riverside Packaging in Newbury will be sold to an unnamed buyer.
Henry Booth Group has won a £25m contract from the Association of Train Operating Companies to produce ticketing products for the rail network, which could lead to the creation of more than 20 new jobs in Hull.
Kruger Tissue is considering plans to close two tissue factories in Portbury and Somerset with the loss of 130 jobs, in order to relocate production to Manchester.
St Ives has acquired Avanti Press and its subsidiary Case-Hoyt for about £30m, in order to expand its printing business in the US.
Thomas Potts is to acquire CCS, the print management company, for £1.6m.
T Berryman & Sons, the waste glass packaging collector, has been acquired by Reuse Glass of Knottingley, and Berryman will be given the resources to expand its services throughout the country.
Hallmark, the producer of greetings cards, is to expand its new headquarters in Bradford with the creation of up to 300 new jobs, but jobs will be lost at other sites in Henley and Bath.
Domino Printing Sciences is planning to relocate inkjet printer manufacturing and up to 40 jobs from the US to its UK factories, in order to save about £1m.
Sonoco Capseals, the manufacturer of lining materials for bottle caps, has been sold by Sonoco to Illinois Tool Works for undisclosed terms.
SJP is planning to invest £4.3m at its label manufacturing sites at St Neots and in Switzerland this year.
Beatson Clark is to invest £4m in the refurbishment of its Barnsley bottle factory, which will include a complete refit for the furnace.
Communisis has sold Waddington's former US healthcare packaging operation to a new company formed by Linsalata Capital Partners for £31m, and the Howitts commercial printing operation to management for £6m.