Blowmolder Alpha Packaging Inc. (St. Louis, MO) announced that it has acquired Graham Packaging Co.’s plant in Etten-Leur, Netherlands. Terms of the transaction, which was completed on Nov. 2, were not disclosed. The deal boosts the firm’s stake in rigid food packaging, said Alpha’s press release.
Alpha now operates 10 manufacturing facilities, including eight in North America. The acquired plant is Alpha’s second in Europe, and is just a few miles from its existing facility in Roosendaal, Netherlands, which Alpha launched as a greenfield site in 2010. Alpha is owned by Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm.
Alpha President and CEO Jeffrey Kellar said, “The acquisition more than doubles our production capacity on the continent, making Alpha one of the largest single-stage blowmolding operations in Europe. The addition of the operation in Etten-Leur significantly expands our capabilities in this geography and supports future European growth.”
Alpha serves numerous consumer markets including the nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care and niche food and beverage categories. The company is a meaningful packaging supplier to the vitamins, minerals and supplements and personal care markets in Europe. The acquisition provides Alpha with a strong foothold in the European food packaging sector. The Etten-Leur facility has earned AA certification for the BRC-IoP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials, which is the highest possible rating for the quality management system of food packaging suppliers, said Alpha.
“Alpha’s business model uniquely positions us to deliver the flexibility, speed and reliability needed in today’s complex marketplace. Brand owners and consumers want diversity in their product options, which requires packaging suppliers to be quick and agile,” Kellar added. “Alpha provides one of the broadest portfolios of stock bottles and jars as well as custom bottle design and development.
“Our in-house mold-building capability and flexible manufacturing network help to ensure speed, quality and cost-effective solutions for our customers,” said Kellar.