On 18 July 2019, Sidel announced the acquisition of Cognac Moules Emballages Plastiques (COMEP), a French producer and designer of molds for PET.
COMEP was created in 1998 to focus on the design and manufacturing of molds for PET bottles. Based in Salles-d’Angles, France, with more than 20 years of experience in this industry, COMEP produces over 4,000 molds per year for customers around the world. With around 60 employees, they were a first in the low blowing pressure technologies.
“We are confident that Sidel’s and COMEP’s complementary expertise will bring us more commercial opportunities while offering customers an optimal choice of partners, who are able to serve their requirements,” states Pavel Shevchuk, executive vice president – Services, Sidel.
Expanding the packaging segment
“With this move, we are continuing on the journey we started back in October 2018. Then, we enriched Sidel by acquiring PET Engineering, which provides brand strategy and design consultancy, packaging design as well as line conversion services and molds to the beverage industry.
“By acquiring COMEP, we enlarge our set of capabilities even further and extend our mold and tooling portfolio to offer complete packaging solutions to our clients. Packaging is a key differentiator for our customers. COMEP also perfectly complements Sidel’s mold-manufacturing know-how,” says Shevchuk.
COMEP and Sidel will remain focused on their adapted go-to-market strategy to leverage their respective capabilities while offering a full set of packaging services to companies bottling their products in PET. “We are confident that each company’s expertise will prove fruitful in meeting the growing need for complete packaging solutions this industry is showing. We are joining a leading, global player in the packaging design and manufacturing industry,” adds Christophe Amarant, COMEP’s chief executive officer.
COMEP will represent a separate channel to market for molds and tooling. This means that the company, along with Sidel, will take distinct commercial approaches while sharing best practices and capitalizing on efficiencies whenever possible.