Flexible packaging major ProAmpac has expanded its lidding business with the acquisition of a Clondalkin Group plant in Florida.
ProAmpac announced the deal Aug. 21 without disclosing terms. ProAmpac gets the Clondalkin Flexible Packaging production facility in Orlando, Fla.
The acquisition expands ProAmpac's stake in lidding applications, especially die-cut and daisy chain products. The Orlando operation also brings to ProAmpac capabilities in composite can spiral labels, ProAmpac spokeswoman Kristina Paulin said in an email.
"For more than 20 years ProAmpac has partnered with Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando to jointly supply lidding and films to the marketplace," said ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker in a news release.
"This acquisition enables us to offer customers an integrated and comprehensive capability as well as an ability to meet their increasing demands for daisy chain portion-pack lidding," Tucker added.
Daisy chain lidding is well established in single-serve applications like coffee creamers and are finding growing usage in single-serve, takeout food packaging.
The purchase ups ProAmpac's global manufacturing sites to 23. Its operations employ 3,100 in North America, Europe and Asia to supply more than 5,000 customers in 90 countries.
The Orlando operation was owned by Clondalkin Group, headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The group runs nine flexible packaging companies in Europe and North America that do film extrusion, printing, laminating and finishing. Its products are sold in consumer and industrial markets. It is owned by Egeria Capital Management BV of Amsterdam, which bought the business late last year from Warburg Pincus of New York.
The Orlando operation was founded in 1977 and in 2014 became known as Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando. It will become part of ProAmpac's Extrusion and Laminations Division. Bill Harris, former president of the Orlando business, will lead ProAmpac's lidding business.
ProAmpac does plastic film extrusion at multiple locations while the Orlando site converts film.
"This is a sound strategic fit, giving ProAmpac a needed foothold in lidding and other printing, embossing and die-cutting capabilities," noted Michael Nelson, a partner in Pritzker Group Private Capital Investment, ProAmpac's owner since last fall.
Pritzer bought ProAmpac from Wellspring Capital Management LLC in October. Wellspring formed ProAmpac in 2015 by merging Prolamina Corp. and Ampac Packaging LLC.
Separately, ProAmpac announced it bought the North American shopping bag product line of AB Packaging Group. AB Packaging's U.S. operation is in Newark, Del. AB Group is based in Gwent, England, with production operations there and in Ireland and Spain. It makes high-end paper bags and other flexible packaging for retail, promotions and other applications.