Sonoco to acquire Clear Lam Packaging in $170 million deal
Purchase to build on Sonoco’s ‘Perimeter of the Store’ growth strategy as it expands into the high-barrier flexible and forming films capability.
June 26, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff
HARTSVILLE, S.C.—Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., a family-held developer and manufacturer of flexible and forming plastic packaging films for approximately US$170 million in cash. The transaction is subject to normal regulatory review and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.
Founded in 1969, the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Clear Lam Packaging is projecting 2017 sales of approximately $140 million and operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Elk Grove Village and Nanjing, China, with nearly 400 employees.
Clear Lam is a technology leader in the development, production and conversion of high barrier flexible and forming films used to package a variety of products for consumer packaged goods companies, retailers and other industrial manufacturers, with a focus on structures used for perishable foods. The company serves markets such as condiments, dairy, meats and cheese, produce, confection, fresh and prepared foods, nuts and snacks, food service and personal care.
According to Sonoco president and chief executive officer Jack Sanders, the acquisition of Clear Lam will further build on Sonoco’s strategy of expanding its global flexible packaging and thermoforming plastics operations to provide offerings serving the fast-growing perimeter of grocery and retail food stores.
“The addition of Clear Lam will significantly expand our Flexible Packaging and Thermoforming Plastics operations as we will be able to develop, produce and convert high barrier flexible and forming film structures to package fresh and prepared food products purchased in the growing store perimeter,” says Sanders. “As an example, Clear Lam complements our recent acquisition of Peninsula Packaging’s thermoforming operations by being able to produce barrier flexible film lidding that extends shelf life, is resealable and provides a complete packaging solution to our fresh fruit and vegetable customers.”
Clear Lam Packaging president James Sanfilippo states: “We are excited to become part of the Sonoco family. I see the two companies with similar cultures, focused on building strong relationships with employees, customers and suppliers. Innovation has always been a driving force within Clear Lam and Sonoco, and it will continue to be a foundation for further growth.”
Sonoco executive vice-president and chief operating officer Rob Tiede says the addition of Clear Lam provides significant technology advantages as well as being able to drive synergies through the internalization of materials for Sonoco’s existing flexible and thermoforming customers.
“What attracted us to Clear Lam was its reputation for driving high-barrier film packaging innovations to meet changing consumer needs. We’re especially interested in opportunities to leverage their expertise in modified atmosphere packaging, which comes from a strong base of material science knowledge when it comes to films, additives and adhesives,” notes Tiede. “Additionally, in recent years, Clear Lam has developed new portion control condiment packaging, peel-reseal films for fresh fruits and vegetables, forming films for healthy yogurts, lidding films for fresh guacamole, special drinking pouch films and several new packaging films that expand shelf life.”
Founded in 1899, Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of US$4.8 billion, the company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information, visit www.sonoco.com.
About Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.
Clear Lam is a leading developer, manufacturer and converter of innovative flexible and forming film packaging materials used with fresh and processed foods, personal health care products, electronics, household products and industrial products. The company has manufacturing facilities in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Nanjing, China, and has approximately 400 associates. Clear Lam produces a variety of innovative, multi-layer printed films and rigid roll-stock products for consumer packaged goods companies, retailers and other industrial manufacturers, while developing technologies and structures that minimize impact on the environment. For more information, visit www.clearlam.com.
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