Alpla acquires South African packaging manufacturer

Acquisition of Verigreen Packaging expands Alpla’s product portfolio in Africa

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Verigreen Packaging specializes in bottles and canisters for lubricants. Photo Alpla

The global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist, the Alpla Group, has acquired the manufacturer Verigreen Packaging based in Durban. The company specializes in bottles and canisters for lubricants such as engine oils.

The Alpla Group acquired the lubricants division of the South African packaging manufacturer Verigreen on 7 July 2021. Verigreen Packaging has a workforce of 25 employees at its site in Durban. “This acquisition is the perfect fit for our strategy,” explains Mike Resnicek, managing director of Sub-Saharan Africa at Alpla. “It offers us an inroad into a market segment in which we have not been present in southern Africa until now as well as generating synergies for our existing customers and giving us opportunities to further diversify our portfolio.”

With the acquisition, Alpla is increasing its involvement in this region. In 2017, it acquired Boxmore Packaging, the African enterprise in the manufacture of PET bottles, PET preforms, and caps. A modern production facility together with a regional head office is currently under construction in Lanseria near Johannesburg. There is another production facility near Cape Town. The acquisition of Verigreen Packaging adds a plant in the country’s third-largest city, Durban, to the portfolio. Outside of Africa, the Alpla Group already has a wealth of experience in the production of packaging for lubricants.

The two companies have agreed not to disclose any details regarding the deal.

Alpla is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 21,600 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps, and molded parts at 178 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils, and lubricants.

Alpla operates its own recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Poland, and Spain, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. Other projects are being realized elsewhere around the world.

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