Alpha Packaging acquires Dutch plant to expand in Europe

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US-based Alpha Packaging has acquired a plant in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, from Graham Packaging Co. as part of its bid to support growth in Europe.

The St. Louis, Missouri-based company said the acquired plant is its second production unit in Europe, “just a few miles” from its existing facility in Roosendaal.

The company did not disclose the terms of transaction, which was completed 2 Nov.

The PET and HDPE bottle maker said the new blow-moulding facility would boost its stake in rigid food packaging.

Alpha is a blow moulder of bottles and jars for rapidly growing consumer markets, including the nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care and niche food and beverage categories.

It currently operates ten manufacturing facilities, including eight in North America and is owned by Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm.

The acquisition, said Jeffrey Kellar, Alpha’s president and chief executive officer, “more than doubles” Alpha’s production capacity in Europe, making it one of the largest single stage blow moulding operations in the region.

Already a packaging supplier to the vitamins, minerals & supplements and personal care markets in Europe, Alpha expects to gain a “strong foothold” in the European food packaging sector with the Etten-Leur facility, which has a grade “AA” certification for the BRC-IoP global standard for packaging and packaging materials.

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