FRANCE – Sonoco, one of the largest global diversified packaging company, has acquired Can Packaging, a privately owned designer and manufacturer of sustainable paper packaging and related manufacturing equipment, based in France, for a total consideration of €41.7 million (US$49m).

Can Packaging operates two paper can manufacturing facilities as well as a research and development centre where it designs and builds patented packaging machines and sealing equipment.

Founded by George Sireix in 1989, Can Packaging is projected to produce sales of approximately €23m (US$27m) in 2020 and provides sustainable paperboard packaging to large consumer food brands distributed across Europe.  The business has approximately 60 associates.

“We are extremely pleased to have Can Packaging joining Sonoco’s growing portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions,” said Howard Coker, president and chief executive officer.

“This strategic acquisition provides us many new innovations, including patented technology to produce a recyclable, high performance all-paper package, that can be made round, square, rectangular, oval, oblong or triangular. These innovations will complement our global Rigid Paperboard Container franchise and add to our EnvrioSense sustainable packaging portfolio.”

Cairns said George Sireix will remain as a consultant to Sonoco and his son, Guillaume, who leads technology and engineering for Can Packaging, will remain as an innovation leader of the company’s European consumer products division.

Sonoco said there will be no changes to operations or customer relationships.

“Adding Can Packaging’s innovation center, intellectual property and proprietary manufacturing capabilities will allow Sonoco to leverage and enhance our strong material science and engineering capabilities to develop more recyclable, mono-material paper packaging solutions that will have a wide range of food barrier properties for our customers in Europe,” Sean Cairns, division vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s European consumer products division, said.

“We also see using Can Packaging’s unique, low-cost machine technology to expand our consumer products offering into growth markets.”

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services.

With annualized net sales of approximately US$5.4 billion, the Company has 23,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 36 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 nations.

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