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Michael Proeller, CEO of E+L

Strategic move in folding carton marketAR Packaging acquires European tobacco operations from MWVÅR Packaging announced the completion
of the previously announced acquisition of the European tobacco,
chocolate confectionery and general packaging operations from
MeadWestvaco. 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.Harald Schulz, CEO, AR Packaging

“We are happy to finalize 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 Euro,” says Harald Schulz,
CEO, 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.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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