Sonoco acquires Brazilian flex-pack converter Inapel Embalagens Ltda.

Hartsville, SC-based global packaging converter Sonoco expands its flexible-packaging operations with the acquisition of Inapel Embalagens Ltda. in Brazil.

Inapel has been an industry-leading flexible-packaging manufacturer for more than 50 years. The company currently operates two facilities in São Paulo – one in Jundiai and the other in Guarulhos – with approximately 500 employees companywide. Capabilities range from gravure printing, adhesive- and extrusion-laminating, specialty coatings, cold-seal, pouching and cylinder engraving.

Inapel will add to Sonoco’s existing flexible-packaging operation in Pinhais, Brazil. The Sonoco Graffo site has been a top producer of high-quality gravure printing and sophisticated lamination for eight years and is one of the largest converters of foil-based flexible packaging.

Sonoco Flexibles Managing Director Eduardo Nunes will extend his regional leadership duties to the São Paulo locations. “Our entire leadership team is happy to have Inapel join the Sonoco family,” says Nunes. “This partnership complements all aspects of our long-term strategy.”