SWITZERLAND – Swiss-based global packaging company Amcor has announced a further strategic investment of up to US$45 million in ePac.
The investment will increase Amcor’s minority shareholding in ePac Holdings LLC an initial investment of US$15 million in April last year.
Amcor’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development, Ian Wilson, said: “This additional investment reflects our confidence in ePac’s entrepreneurial team and their proven ability to rapidly scale in the high growth, often higher value short-run segment.
“Since our initial investment last year, we have been deeply impressed with ePac’s focused and innovative business model centered around deploying a very high level of digitalization and customization. ePac’s proven digital technologies enable the delivery of exceptional service levels and significantly reduced lead times.”
Wilson added: “These specializations are designed to meet the unique speed to market and service needs of locally based small to medium customers, skill sets that are highly transferable to areas of Amcor’s core business.
“We believe this investment complements Amcor’s existing digital activities and is well aligned with our vision that packaging will continue to become more personalized and more connected, as well as more sustainable.”
He went ahead and explained the partnership is an excellent example of Amcor’s objective to partner with high-growth, visionary companies that provide opportunities for Amcor to leverage new innovations and value propositions while generating strong returns for Amcor shareholders.
“We are excited to be extending our relationship with a highly successful startup and continuing to support ePac’s future growth ambitions,” he reiterated.
This investment follows ePac announcement of its planned “transition to a global enterprise” over the next 18 months.
The company plans to add multiple new sites in Europe, with an additional facility in the UK located in the Leeds region in a bid to scale operations.
ePac has a fast-growing global footprint and is focused on digital printing technologies to service the short-run needs of small customers in the consumer goods industry.
Annual revenue has grown more than 600 percent over the past three years to a run rate of over US$200 million.
ePac operates 25 sites globally, all with an identical set-up, offering customers automated quoting, digital printing capabilities and exceptional service times across a number of product specifications.
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