VPK Group formalises agreement to acquire Encase Ltd.

VPK Group formalises agreement to acquire Encase Ltd.

Updated 27/10/2020

On Wednesday 21st October, an agreement was made for Encase Ltd to be acquired by VPK Group. In a step towards growing VPK’s international position, it is intended that Encase, a manufacturer and designer of corrugated cardboard packaging, will merge with the group’s current UK corrugated operations, formerly known as Rigid.

Managing Director, Neal Mernock, says, “I see this as a very positive move – it brings together two great businesses under one ownership and as such, the potential for growth and sharing best practice will be very real.”

All three of Encase’s sites, Banbury, Leeds, and East Kilbride will benefit from the investment provided by VPK Group over the next few years, helping the group to improve and expand existing cardboard manufacturing services.

Over the last two decades, VPK Group has invested heavily into its cardboard division, with £100 million pumped into Rigid, transforming the Desborough premises into the UK’s flagship site. Additionally, the greenfield sites in Wellington and Selby gradually increased capacity to fully mirror operations across the three sites. In 2015, the acquisition of ICS Europacks in Limerick, Ireland further strengthened the geographical spread of corrugated operations across Europe, and earlier this year, VPK acquired a majority stake in Corrboard UK Ltd a leading supplier of corrugated cardboard sheets located in Scunthorpe.

As part of a long-term strategy, Encase Ltd is intended to be merged with VPK Packaging in order to achieve annual sales of more than £200 million in corrugated packaging and sheets.

As a family-owned business, building up our reputation in the cardboard packaging industry over the last 50 years, Encase is thrilled to have the opportunity to take the business to the next level with the support of VPK Group.

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