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Alpla acquires Gehl Foods’ bottle manufacturing facility in US

Plastic packaging solutions provider Alpla has acquired Gehl Foods’ bottle manufacturing facility located in the US state of Wisconsin.

Situated 30 miles north of Milwaukee, the West Bend standalone facility features around 100,000ft² and distributes six layer bottles to Gehl Foods for aseptic filling in the food and dairy category.

The acquisition will allow Alpla to expand its presence in the crucial geographies within the North American market.

The current local technology is EBM and Alpla is planning to add ISBM capabilities by mid-year 2018.

In February this year, Alpla agreed to acquire Romania-based PET performs manufacturer Star East Pet for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Brasov, Star East Pet is engaged in the production of PET preforms for drinks, food and non-food products.

Established in 1997, the company has around 70 employees and produces PET performs for both local and international customers.

With around 17,300 employees at 160 locations across 43 countries, Alpla provides packaging solutions for brands in the food, beverage, cosmetics and cleaning industries.

In March 2016, Alpla also agreed to acquire a majority stake in Egypt-based Taba Group to expand operations in Africa and the Middle East.

Both firms have signed a partnership agreement to form a joint venture, which will operate under the name of Alpla Taba.

Image: Alpla has acquired the West Bend bottle manufacturing plant from Gehl Foods. Photo: courtesy of ALPLA.