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31 Jan-01 Feb, 2018 - Johannesburg

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Austria’s Alpla Acquires South Africa’s PET Packaging Company Boxmore

Posted on : 13 Oct, 2017


Austria’s Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG has recently acquired South Africa’s Boxmore Packaging – expanding into the attractive African packaging market.

Boxmore based in Samrand, near Johannesburg, will enable Alpla to expand its footprint in PET packaging as it already specializes in PET preforms, PET bottles and closures. With nine manufacturing plants and supplies to 20 African countries as well as islands in the Indian Ocean, Boxmore has a sizeable presence in the region. Its manufacturing plants are located in South Africa, Zambia and Mauritius. 

The acquisition of Boxmore is said to be the biggest in the Alpla’s history.

Alpla has been operating a production plant in Johannesburg since 2014. It took over the Egyptian facility of Argo SA in El Obour at the end of 2015. In March 2016, the Alpla set up a JV with Egypt’s Taba Group to strengthen its market presence in North Africa and the Middle East. Beginning this year, Alpla is operating as Alpla Taba in Africa. It also opened a new production site in Ramadan City, Egypt, as part of its African growth plan.

Earlier this year, Alpla acquired Italy’s Propack and a former Gehl Foods plant in West Bend, Wis as well as two other acquisitions in Romania.

More about PET markets in Africa will be discussed at CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook on 31 Jan-1 Feb 2018, in Johannesburg.

For more information, Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147.


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