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AR PACKAGING ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE ACQUISITION OF EUROPEAN TOBACCO AND GENERAL PACKAGING OPERATIONS FROM MWV

AR PACKAGING ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE ACQUISITION OF EUROPEAN TOBACCO AND GENERAL PACKAGING OPERATIONS FROM MWV

30 April 2015

AR PACKAGING ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE ACQUISITION OF EUROPEAN TOBACCO AND GENERAL PACKAGING OPERATIONS FROM MWV

ÅR Packaging Group AB is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the European tobacco, chocolate confectionery and general packaging operations from MeadWestvaco Corporation. The transaction has been successfully completed today and the business will be consolidated as from May 1st, 2015.

The acquired operation includes three plants in Graz, Austria, Krakow, Poland, and Moscow, Russia, and certain additional carton business and related machinery in Svitavy, Czech Republic. AR Packaging will operate the acquired business under the A&R Carton Brand.

"We are happy to finalise this strategic move for AR Packaging where we establish an even stronger position as one of the leaders in the tobacco segment while enhancing the strategic position of key accounts in the confectionery and consumer goods segments. We elevate AR Packaging to a top three position in the European folding carton market with a total group net revenue of approximately 550 million EUR" says Harald Schulz, CEO of AR Packaging. "I look very much forward to integrating the newly acquired operations. This is an important milestone in realizing our growth strategy in selected market segments."

For further information please contact:
Harald Schulz, CEO, ÅR Packaging Group AB
Phone +49 6192 406 100, email harald.schulz@ar-packaging.com