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British thermoformer Macpac has acquired one of its domestic competitors, Hamilton Plastic Packaging, for an undisclosed sum. Macpac is keeping Hamilton's sales force and moving the processor's production this month and next to Macpac's recently refurbished facility in Stockport, England.

PlasticsToday Staff

July 22, 2011

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Plastics packaging: Thermoformers merge as Macpack acquires Hamilton

British thermoformer Macpac has acquired one of its domestic competitors, Hamilton Plastic Packaging, for an undisclosed sum. Macpac is keeping Hamilton's sales force and moving the processor's production this month and next to Macpac's recently refurbished facility in Stockport, England.

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Sealing the deal: Hamilton managing director Andrew Sidders (left) and Macpac managing director Graham Kershaw.

Both companies operate Illig thermoforming machinery which makes it easy for Macpac to run the Hamlton tooling. Macpac, in a press release, cited its newer machines as an advantage for Hamilton's customers as the new equipment can process better packaging, faster. Macpac recently took delivery of a new RV74c pressure former from Illig (Heilbronn, Germany), the fourth new thermoforming machine brought into service at Macpac in the past two years.

Macpac offers in-house design and tooling, and also has warehousing space for storing finished goods as well as a contract packing service, a facility previously not available in-house from Hamilton.

Macpac managing director Graham Kershaw stated his delight at the purchase and that the Hamilton customer base was a perfect fit with that of Macpac's. He added, "The fact that we are BRC/IOP accredited should immediately reassure any food industry customers of our credentials. We're really looking forward to working with our new customers and helping to improve their businesses."

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