AR Packaging completes acquisition of MeadWestvaco's European packaging operations

Paperboard cartons, flexible packaging and trays manufacturer AR Packaging Group has completed the acquisition of MeadWestvaco's European tobacco, chocolate confectionery and general packaging operations. The deal was previously announced in January.

The acquisition covers three plants in Graz, Austria, Krakow, Poland, and Moscow, Russia, where MeadWestvaco manufactures hinge-lid boxes, display cartons and high-impact cigarette packaging, as well as folding carton packaging for chocolate confectionery and consumer apparel segments. The deal also includes the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MeadWestvaco's plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The acquired operations will be operated under the A&R Carton brand. However, the Svitavy plant will remain part of MeadWestvaco.

AR Packaging CEO Harald Schulz said: "We elevate AR Packaging to a top three position in the European folding carton market with a total group net revenue of approximately €550m. I look very much forward to integrating the newly acquired operations. This is an important milestone in realising our growth strategy in selected market segments."

MeadWestvaco will continue to produce solid-bleached sulfate paperboard for global tobacco end-markets at its paperboard mill in Covington, Virginia, US. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Meanwhile, MeadWestvaco completed the previously announced acquisition of Carolina coated bristols business from International Paper. Carolina is a line of coated one-sided and coated two-sided solid bleached sulfate paperboard that is available in a range of sizes, calipers and specifications for use in offset and digital printing end use applications such as direct mail, retail signage, brochures, lottery tickets, game and greeting cards.

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