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Europe top plastics packaging producers

Recent changes in the structure of the plastics packaging industry have been documented in a new report from Applied Market Information Ltd. Updating its survey of the leading 50 plastics packaging producers in Europe, AMI has found that now economies have recovered from the financial crisis merger, divestment and acquisition activity has strengthened as companies seek to restructure their businesses, grow market share and add value.
Interestingly the top five plastics packaging companies in Europe cover nearly the whole range of plastics packaging products and it is worth noting that that they have nearly all been involved in some form of major corporate change or restructuring.
As in the previous edition, the Amcor group remains the largest plastics packaging producer in Europe in value terms, following its acquisition of Alcan’s flexible packaging business. This acquisition followed earlier divestments of its rigid packaging operations which were involved in the commodity PET container business. As a result the group has focused on the higher value flexible packaging markets which have taken its 2013 turnover to an estimated EUR 3 billion in Europe.
In volume terms the largest company is the Austro-German group Alpla-Werke estimated to have consumed around 680,000 tonnes of polymer in 2013 and is ranked second in value terms at EUR 1.8 billion of sales in Europe. Alpla originally built its position as a leading supplier of HDPE containers for the household chemicals market, but it has now expanded into PET bottles and preforms. It has further reinforced its position over the years both by acquisition (it took over the European PET preform business of Tetra Pak) and by organic growth. Since 2010 it has added 10 new sites, many of them being in-plant operations for customers, but has also withdrawn from production at eight sites.
The recently created group Coveris is now the third largest in Europe with estimated sales of EUR 1.5 billion and annual polymer usage of over 400,000 tonnes. Created by Sun Capital Partners the company brings together leading flexible and rigid packaging companies.
The report covers all the leading rigid and flexible plastics packaging producers in Europe. AMI estimates that these 50 groups accounted for sales of more than EUR25 billion in 2013 and used some 6.8 million tonnes of polymer materials at over 750 plants.

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