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MeadWestvaco acquires Dutch foam dispenser specialist

Keltec Dispensing Systems, a manufacturer of “premium” foamer and airless dispensing systems based in Drunen, the Netherlands, has been acquired by MeadWestvaco Corporation for an undisclosed sum.

Employing around 42 full-time staff at Drunen, Keltec injection moulds dispensing systems for personal care, healthcare, cosmetics and homecare applications. Its airless dispensers feature a “unique” metal-free dispensing path that prevents direct contact between the formulation and metal, which Keltec says maintains “the highest degree of product integrity”. Dispensers are produced using minimal components and the company’s in-house developed rolling bellow technology – which sees a single-part TPE or silicon component replacing the metal spring and piston used in “conventional’ mechanical dispensers, resulting in a “100% plastic” pack. Keltec says this design ensures high performance with both medium and high viscosity fluids.

Founded in 1997, privately-owned Keltec will become part of MeadWestvaco Calmar, the MeadWestvaco pump and spray packaging solutions business acquired in 2006, which says it will integrate Keltec’s technology into its North American and Asian production facilities. It also plans “expanding acitivity” at Drunen.

MeadWestvaco Calmar will “provide dedicated capacity and distribution capabilities and accelerate development of additional products within the Keltec innovation pipeline”. Keltec’s management team, headed by founder and ceo Quint Kelders, will remain in place.

“Keltec’s ability to innovate differentiated high-value solutions for customers in the personal care, beauty and homecare markets has propelled the company to the forefront of the dispensing systems marketplace,” says John A Luke Jr, MeadWestvaco chairman and ceo. “With this acquisition we are combining Calmar’s global resources and market prowess with Keltec’s unique product lines to benefit new and existing customers and realise long-term profitable growth opportunities.”

MeadWestvaco chairman and ceo John A Luke Jr