Storopack turning more Japanese
Storopack acquires Japanese firm EJ Co., Ltd., increasing activities in Japan.
December 16, 2014
by Canadian Packaging staff
Metzingen, Germany—On October 15, 2014, Storopack, the specialist for protective packaging, acquired the Japanese company EJ Co., Ltd. (located in Ebina-shi, Kanagawa-ken). The company currently employs a staff of 33.
For several years, EJ Co., Ltd. was a Storopack trading partner in Japan for the sales of PAPERplus paper cushioning and AIRplus air cushions.
EJ Co., Ltd. is the market leader for loose fill (packaging chips) in Japan and supplies customers nationwide with loose fill protective packaging under the ECOsoft, ECOtouch and HItouch brand names.
Over the coming months, during the integration of EJ Co. in the Storopack Group, the company will operate under the Storopack Japan Co. Ltd. name (see image above of the Japanese facilities).
Along with a production plant at its Ebina headquarters, it has another in Komaki in Nagoya-ken.
Isawa Youichi (surname first), who has been EJ Co. managing director for the past six years, will continue to head up operations.
Storopack president Asia-Pacific Frank Imkamp is responsible for market development of the Packaging Division in this region and will be working alongside Isawa during the integration process.
“This acquisition represents an important strategic step for us,” explains Imkamp. “Direct presence enables closeness to the customer and therefore the required understanding of the Japanese market. The objective is to gradually expand the product range as needed. Furthermore, the acquisition strengthens Storopack’s position as world market leader in the key area of loose fill protective packaging.”
Founded in 1874, the family-owned Storopack is a global group of companies with headquarters in Metzingen, Germany. The Packaging Division has locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with products available in over 40 countries through a network of distributors.
More information is available at www.storopack.us.