Sonoco, based in Hartsville, South Carolina and one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has entered into an agreement to supply packaging services in North America for the LEGO Group. These services will be provided by Sonoco from a new packaging center scheduled to open in Monterrey, Mexico in the first quarter of 2010.
Sonoco and the LEGO Group first began working together in 2006, when the companies signed a five-year contract for Sonoco to supply packaging services for the LEGO Group’s Education and BELVILLE products. That contract has since been expanded to include other retail products and new product launches as well as packing for LEGO’s consumer online brick ordering service.
“We have successfully worked with Sonoco for several years now and we’re very comfortable with their capabilities and the services they provide,” says Michael McNulty, VIP global procurement LEGO. “They have a proven track record of providing high-quality, cost-effective service and they’ve been very reliable on their delivery dates.”
Rob Tiede, Sonoco’s vice-president – global flexibles and services, states that Sonoco’s work with the LEGO Group successfully demonstrates its ability to develop a pack center business model and leverage it to other markets globally. “We’ve built a business model that’s strictly focused on reliably meeting the needs of our customers. Our model is cost-effective, it’s adaptable to various geographies around the world, and the turnaround time to startup is very reasonable.”