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Packaging - 2007
Wyndeham Visual Communications has acquired Professional Imaging for undisclosed terms, increasing the headcount at its Essex-based Colourlink printing business to 50.
Benson Group has acquired Integrated Packaging, the Gateshead-based chilled packaging company with 180 staff.
VantagePoint Systems, the Leicestershire-based developer of software systems for the packaging industry, is to be acquired by Solarsoft of the US for about £6m.
Envases has secured funding from Royal Bank of Scotland and the Welsh Assembly to invest £6m in the expansion of its aluminium packaging factory in Port Talbot.
Gemini Group of Shoreham is to merge with Beard Digital of Hove to create a combined Sussex-based printing group with annual turnover of £20m and 220 staff.
Nicholl Food Packaging has acquired Bachmann Aluminium, the German packaging supplier with 43 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Kemshell Design & Print of Wakefield has been acquired by Lick of Huddersfield, and the business will be consolidated into Lick's site next March.
Excelsior Technologies has acquired Omni Flexibles, the Salford-based flexible packaging manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with annual revenue of £40m.
Barony Universal, the Ayrshire-based aerosol manufacturer with 100 staff, has been acquired by Arnest of Russia.
Palm Paper has secured planning permission to build a £330m newsprint paper plant in King's Lynn by summer 2009, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Nampak Plastics is planning to set up a multi-million pound plastic bottle recycling plant at an undisclosed site in the north east of England by the end of 2008.
Ahlstrom is to create about 30 jobs at a new £19m tea bag fibres production plant being built at its Chirnside site in the Borders.
Bradman Lake is to relocate its packaging machinery business from the newly-opened site in Norwich to Beccles with the loss of some of the 180 jobs, following a strategic review by new owner Langley Holdings.
Wyndeham Press has sold its Visual Communications business to a management buy-out, including five printing and packaging design divisions with about 300 staff.
Domino Printing Sciences has acquired its distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg from Bopack Systems for £3m.
Shalam Packaging is seeking permission to set up a plastic packaging factory in Bedale, North Yorkshire, with the creation of up to 56 jobs.
Sterling Financial Print has bought Greenaway Harrison, the London-based printing firm, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Roto Smeets is to acquire the European operations of Quebecor World for £129m, including a printing plant in Corby and 17 other sites.
Paragon Group has acquired Lithotech, the French commercial printing company with annual turnover of about £42m.
Wrap Film Systems, the Telford-based supplier of clingfilm dispensers with about 120 staff, has undergone a £21m management buy-out backed by Close Growth Capital.
Media & Print Investments is planning to close The Friary Press in Dorchester and relocate about 100 jobs to the Butler & Tanner book printing site in Frome by the end of the year.
Colchester Print Group has bought the goodwill and assets of Piggott Black Bear, the Cambridge-based magazine printer with 26 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Rigid Containers is to expand its packaging and logistics warehouse in Selby by 50,000 sq ft by next spring, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Litho Supplies has acquired Graphica Plus, the Hampshire-based supplier of printing equipment, for an initial £0.6m.
AlphaGraphics North-East has announced a £4m investment programme at its main printing plant in Stockton, including new equipment and the creation of about 20 jobs over the next two years.
Enodis is to acquire TRUpour, the Irish beverage dispense company, for an initial £3.5m, in order to expand its Scotsman Beverage Systems subsidiary.
Alibone Recycling, the Northampton-based paper recycling company, has been acquired by private capital firm Reconomy for undisclosed terms.
Imprint Creative Print Solutions (ICPS) has acquired Perfect Screen Print, the Tyneside-based printing firm with 35 staff.
Bradman Lake, the Norfolk-based packaging machinery supplier with 350 staff in Norwich, Bristol and worldwide, is to be acquired by Langley Holdings.
Goulds Tissue, the Heywood-based tissue paper manufacturer with 110 staff, has been bought out of administration by Staples Holdings of Sleaford.
RPC Group has acquired Raytec, the Dutch injection moulding company, for £3m.
Macfarlane Group is to sell its foam packaging operations in the US and Mexico to Specialized Packaging Group for £3.8m.
Scott Group has acquired Marlaw Pallets, the Airdrie-based pallet manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce from 850 to 1,150.
PCF Print Management, the Newport-based printing firm with 16 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Henry Sutcliffe, the Salford-based manufacturer of wooden and plastic containers with 25 staff, has been acquired by Scott Group of Fife.
Firstan, the Cambridge-based packaging printer with 130 staff, has undergone a secondary buy-out from Lloyds TSB Development Capital, and is now seeking acquisitions.
Pindar Graphics has acquired Acorn E-Commerce, the Farnham-based printing firm that specialises in small retailers and the mail order market.
M&H Plastics, the Suffolk-based plastic bottles manufacturer with 500 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
International Greetings has acquired Glitterwrap, the US supplier of gift wrap and party products, for £4m.
RPM Print & Design has acquired The Better Book Company, the Chichester-based publishing company.
Bunzl is to acquire DG Distributors & Vendors, the Irish distributor of foodservice disposables that trades as Irish Merchants and has annual revenue of £30m.
Wilsanco Plastics is investing £2.5m in a new warehouse for its rigid packaging business at Dungannon in Northern Ireland.
British Polythene Industries has acquired AT Films, the Canadian manufacturer of polythene film products for agriculture with 65 staff, from Celanese for £6m.
Mister Blister has secured £1.2m from RBS Commercial Banking to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based tamper-resistant packaging business.
Butler & Tanner, the Frome-based book printer, has been bought out of administration by Media & Print Investments, securing the future of 270 jobs.
Bulk Packaging Group, the Stockport-based manufacturer of storage drums with 220 staff, has undergone a £5m management buy-out from Dutch private equity firm AlpInvest.
Bespak has bought Decorpart, the Nelson-based metal packaging company with more than 200 staff, out of administration, and the business has been renamed Integrated Aluminium Components.
Labelsco, the Leicestershire-based label printer with 130 staff, has been acquired by MSO Group for undisclosed terms.
Epoch Design, the Bristol-based packaging design company with 38 staff, has been acquired by Loewy for £10m.
Clegg Construction has won a £4.5m contract to build an aerosols factory for Coster Special Technology at Barlborough near Chesterfield.
Bunzl is to acquire King Benelux Holding, the Dutch distributor of products to the healthcare and contract cleaning sectors, for £39m.
Antalis is to acquire Map Merchant Group for £258m, creating a combined paper merchant group with 8,400 staff in 44 countries.
Mondi is to acquire Unterland Flexible Packaging of Australia for £50m and a 54% stake in Turkish packaging company Tire Kustan for £53m.
Realisis has bought Terry Smith Group, the West Drayton-based point-of-sale printing firm with about 100 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Rexam is in negotiations to acquire Rostar, the Russian manufacturer of beverage cans, for £149m.
Darley, the Burton-based print and packaging company with 75 staff, has undergone a £3.5m management buy-out backed by GE Commercial Finance.
Mercury Packaging is planning to expand its 30-strong workforce at Kirkby-in-Ashfield with 15 new staff, following a £1.2m investment in a new printing press.
Hampson Industries has sold its precision industrial division, which makes components and assemblies for the glass bottle and container manufacturing industry, to a new company called Lattimer Holdings for £4m.
Filtrona is to sell its Globalpack consumer packaging business in Brazil to the Itavema Group for £28m.
APW Enclosure Systems of Southampton has sold its metal enclosures product line out of administration to a new company called Verotec, while the plastic enclosures business has been acquired by Vero Technologies.
McLaren Packaging is planning to build a new cardboard whisky packaging factory at its site in Inverclyde over the next two years, increasing its workforce from 53 to 100.
Leicester Paper Company (LPC) is to acquire Duffel Mill, the Belgian paper products company with 160 staff, from Kimberly Clark for undisclosed terms.
Dragon Plastics has acquired Riverside Plastics, the Pontypridd-based bottle blow moulder, out of administration, and the business will be renamed Riverside Packaging.
Rexam is to acquire O-I Plastics, the plastic packaging company with 2,800 staff, from Owens Illinois of the US for £813m.
Merlin Packaging has sold its Glasgow division out of administration to The Boxshop, while the Elderglade Packaging division has been sold to Custompak and John Baldwin Packaging Services to Corrugated Box Supplies.
BFS Pressroom Solutions has acquired Tyke Rollers, the Suffolk-based printing roller manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
William Clowes, the Suffolk-based printing firm with 200 staff, is to be acquired by the UK chief executive of CPI.
Palm Paper is planning to build a £300m newsprint paper mill in King's Lynn by 2009, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Label Apeel, the Leicester-based label and ticket printer with 44 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
Scott Timber Group has acquired a majority stake in European Logistics Management, and plans to expand the 25-strong workforce at the Swadlincote-based pallet and packaging recovery service.
Domino Printing Sciences has acquired On-Line Coding, the Reading-based distributor of Domino's Easyprint thermal transfer overprinting range, for an initial £0.3m.
Riley Dunn & Wilson has been bought out of administration by a new company called Dunn & Mills, securing the future of 57 jobs at its bookbinding operations in Falkirk and Huddersfield.
VLM UK is to create 33 new jobs in Birmingham, having won a contract to print the new home information packs for house sales.
Elopak has sold two HDPE plastic bottle manufacturing operations - Auspac of Foston and Elopak Plastic Systems of Bracknell - to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Corniche Fine Arts is planning to create up to 25 new jobs at its packaging graphics business in Bridlington over the next three years, as part of a strategy that will involve a rise in turnover from £3m to £5m.
CGI Squared has acquired Kinverleigh, the Birmingham-based print management and design company.
Document Solutions, the Bradford-based distributor of Xerox printers, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Baker Tilly and HSBC.
Prontaprint is planning to expand its chain of printing outlets in the UK and Ireland from 171 to 200, and is also looking to open franchises in continental Europe.
Berry Plastics UK, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of aerosol and bottle caps, is to be acquired by Plasticum Group of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
De-Pack, the Loughborough-based aerosol cans recycling company, has been acquired by PHS for undisclosed terms.
Fiberweb is to sell its hygiene wipes business to Ahlstrom of Finland for £44m, including manufacturing operations in Spain, Italy and the US.
United Business Media has acquired EU Consulting, the Finnish paper and packaging consultancy, for £0.3m.
Professional Packaging Services, the Guiseley-based packaging design company with 17 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by McInnes Corporate Finance.
International Greetings has acquired Eick Pack, the German manufacturer of gift wrap counter rolls, for £0.3m.
Prime Packaging, the Bradford-based supplier of fabric labels, has been acquired by Jourdan for up to £1.6m.
Bradman Lake is planning to relocate its Norwich-based packaging machinery factory to a new site in Old Hall Road this summer.
Gardners is planning to relocate its Cardiff-based printing business and up to 98 staff to a larger 60,000 sq ft site at Pentwyn, as part of a £2.4m expansion that will create 41 jobs.
Rexam is to sell its glass packaging business to Ardagh of Ireland for £449m, including 3,600 staff at 13 sites throughout Europe.
Closed Loop London is to set up a recycling centre in Dagenham by the end of the year, in order to convert reclaimed bottles into food-grade PET packaging.
Adare Group has sold its Prontaprint and KallKwik chains of 320 design and print centres to a management buy-out backed by Boundary Capital for undisclosed terms.
Pindar has acquired Cooper Clegg, the Tewkesbury-based magazine printer with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Encore Washington, the envelope manufacturer with 280 staff in Hertburn and York, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Venture Business Forms, the printing company with 28 staff in Leicester, Ilkeston and Newcastle under Lyme, has undergone a management buy-out.
BGP is planning a £25m investment in a new web offset printing factory at its site in Bicester, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Tangent Communications has acquired Ravensworth Digital Services, the Newcastle upon Tyne-based printing company with 60 staff, for up to £5.8m.
F Bender, the paper products manufacturer with 275 staff in Wrexham and North London, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures.
Avid Holdings is to acquire Electro-Mec, the Reading-based supplier of blister pack change tooling for the pharmaceutical industry with 38 staff, for an initial £0.8m.
Garden House Press of Somerset has sold its main assets out of administration to Media & Print Investments, but 83 jobs have been lost.
Polythene Industries, the Liverpool-based bag and pallet manufacturer with 60 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Polythene Industries (UK).
Mondi Speciality Packaging, the packaging supplier with sites in Wetherby and Chesterfield, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Modus Private Equity, creating a new business called Inspirepac.
Envases is to invest £5m in the expansion of its aluminium aerosols factory in Port Talbot, with the creation of ten jobs.
FE Burman of South London has acquired Trigon Mailing Services, in order to diversify its printing business into mailing.
Allied Glass is investing £10m in new melting furnaces at its glass packaging factory in Leeds.
Blackburns is to extend its Leeds-based direct mail facility by 30,000 sq ft over the next few months.
Land Securities Trillium is to develop a £12m 52,000 sq ft printing plant in Fforestfach, Swansea, for the DVLA by September 2007.
Bespoke Envelopes of Sidcup has merged with Barking-based Direct Envelopes to create a combined envelope manufacturing group with 50 staff.
Friary Press, the Dorset-based magazine printer with 85 staff, has been acquired by Media & Print Investments.
CEPS is to acquire Sunline Direct Mail for an initial £3.8m, including packing and mailing operations in Loughborough and Redditch.
Nicholl Food Packaging, the Cannock-based foil packaging manufacturer with 176 staff, has been acquired by US investment firm Audax Group for an estimated £50m.
Ahlstrom is to invest £19m in the expansion of its Chirnside paper mill near Berwick by late 2008, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
Curtis Fine Papers, the Fife-based paper manufacturer with annual turnover of £31m, has undergone a secondary management buy-out for undisclosed terms.