Alpla Acquires South African PET Packaging Specialist
Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, Hard, Austria, a leading provider of plastic packaging worldwide, has bought Boxmore Packaging. The company, headquartered in Samrand, Johannesburg, specializes in PET preforms, PET bottles and closures, and currently employs around 1000 members of staff at nine locations.
Alpla has acquired 100% of Boxmore Packaging. All employees and locations are being taken on by Alpla, although it has been decided that the management structure will remain the same. The current board, under the leadership of Len Engelbrecht (Boxmore CEO), will continue to manage the existing Boxmore business, and in addition, take on responsibility for the integration and management of the existing Alpla SA business. For the foreseeable future the company will continue to operate under the existing name as a member of the Alpla Group.
"The African continent is an attractive growth market for us. With the purchase of Boxmore Packaging, we now also have a broad basis for entering the market in South Africa, in addition to our activities with Alpla Taba in North Africa’, says Alpla CEO Günther Lehner.
Founded in 1995, Boxmore Packaging is seen as the market leader for PET preforms and bottles (ISBM technology), as well as closures, in southern Africa. Its headquarters are located in the industrial zone of Samrand near the South African city of Johannesburg. Around 1,000 employees currently manufacture approximately 4 billion of the aforementioned products each year at nine production locations. The customers of Boxmore Packaging are situated in more than 20 African countries, as well as on the islands in the Indian Ocean.
Alpla has operated a production location in Johannesburg since 2014. At the end of 2015, the company took over the Egyptian location of Argo S.A. in El Obour. In March 2016, Alpla strengthened its market presence in North Africa and the Middle East through a joint venture with the Egyptian Taba Group. Since early 2017, the company has operated under the name Alpla Taba. In spring 2017, Alpla Taba opened a new location that meets state-of-the-art production standards. With the locations of Boxmore Packaging, Alpla now owns 13 production facilities in Africa.
ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG
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