Berlin Packaging expands in the US with acquisitions

By Katie Bird

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Rigid packaging player Berlin Packaging has acquired Continental Packaging Solutions and integrated AllPak into its business, significantly expanding its reach in the US.

Chicago-based Berlin Packaging manufactures plastic, glass and metal containers and closures for the personal care industry, as well as the food and beverage and pharmaceutical sectors.

In an attempt to increase its strength in the US and Asia, it has acquired fellow rigid packaging manufacturer Continental Packaging, expanding the number of sales and warehouse locations in North America to over 70.

The acquisition, along with the recent integration of All Pak into the business, will help 2011 revenues to exceed $600m, according to the company.

“Our company and Continental Packaging Solutions value a similar full-service approach to assisting customers, work with many of the same suppliers, and have complementary geographic coverage,” ​CEO of Berlin Packaging Andrew T. Berlin, explained.

Asian sourcing capacity

In addition, Continental has a strong presence in China and the presence of its full time staff in the region is expected to help improve Berlin’s sourcing capacity in Asia.

The purchase of Continental was announced less than a year after Berlin purchased All Pak, the integration of which was completed last week.

According to the company, the combined All Pak and Berlin business experienced double digit growth during 2010.

“Our goal in acquiring All-Pak was to improve on what we already did well by extending our geographic reach, adding packaging consultants, broadening our product offerings, and sharing best practices. Integrating the two companies has accomplished all of these goals with no disruption to either customers or suppliers,” ​Berlin said.

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