Amcor grows stake in ePac Flexible Packaging
The move reflects confidence in ePac's digitally enabled business model, providing excellent opportunities to expand Amcor's addressable markets.
Packaging-converting giant Amcor has announced a further strategic investment of up to $45 million in ePac Flexible Packaging, a leader in quality, short-run, digitally-based flexible packaging. The investment will increase Amcor's minority shareholding in ePac Holdings LLC.
Amcor Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development Ian Wilson says, "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. 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," Wilson adds. "This partnership is an excellent example of our 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."
Founded in 2016, 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% over the past three years to a run rate of over $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.