Van Genechten Packaging acquires 100% of its UK joint venture with CartonCare Group, an expert in printing and packaging; CartonCare Group consists of CartonCare, MSO Cleland and Pendragon Presentation Packaging, has a combined annual turnover of €30M

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TURNHOUT, Belgium , December 12, 2023 (press release) –

Van Genechten Packaging (VGP) proudly announces that it has acquired 100% of its UK joint venture with CartonCare Group, an expert in printing and packaging. This strategic move strengthens VGP’s position in the UK market, providing enhanced value to customers through expanded design and production capabilities. A significant milestone in VGP’s growth strategy.

One year ago, VGP entered a joint venture partnership with CartonCare Group. This group of privately-owned companies, including CartonCare Ltd, MSO Cleland Ltd and Pendragon Presentation Packaging Ltd, has a combined annual turnover of 30 million euros. The acquisition of the group brings the number of VGP sites to a total of 12 locations in 9 countries.

Frank Ohle, CEO of Van Genechten Packaging Group states:

By integrating CartonCare Group in the VGP family, we strengthen our position in the UK market. Their wide customer base in general and premium packaging enables us to bring even greater value to our customers, with expanded design and production capabilities. Together, we can grow and prosper in the UK and EU market of folding carton.”

For existing business partners of CartonCare Group, this acquisition brings continuity. The operational teams remain in place and Managing Director Joanna Calixto keeps control over the day-to-day business. According to her, this merger is the best way forward:

Guided by the resources and expertise of VGP, we are even better equipped to innovate, create and deliver the best sustainable packaging for our customers. We’re looking forward to a bright and exciting future, together with all our partners and customers.”


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About CartonCare Group

The CartonCare Group consists of three separate but complementary packaging companies which specialise in the design and manufacture of paper-based printed packaging. MSO Cleland is the oldest and largest company in the group, with over 145 years of experience in the printed packaging industry, and wealth of knowledge which can be leveraged to support its customers.

From their bases in Belfast and Newry in Northern Ireland,  CartonCare and MSO make folding cartons and labels for the food, pharmaceutical and premium markets throughout the UK and Ireland.

From its base in Malvern, England, Pendragon Presentation Packaging offers exceptional design capabilities and the production of luxury hand-finished packaging such as rigid presentation boxes, hand-finished bags and envelopes.

The Group combines its many years of experience and expertise with a culture of innovation and the latest equipment  - it has invested more than £6.5 million in new equipment in the last three years. This, aligned with a very nimble mindset creates the perfect environment to work with business partners to design and produce beautiful packaging which adds value to their brand and helps their products sell. Recent innovations include a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Ulster University, during which the Group gained objective, scientific knowledge in order to assist in guiding its customers to the most sustainable packaging solutions.

About Van Genechten Packaging (VGP)

Where people, brands and folding carton meet, that is where the magic happens at VGP, every single time. For almost 190 years now VGP has believed in the unique impact of packaging for brands and products, for people and the planet, and made it work.

Today it remains one of the last truly independent European packaging specialists in 9 countries with HQ in Turnhout, Belgium, 12 folding carton sites, 1 extrusion site and 1 rigid boxes design & production center. Customers have come to value both this presence and independent spirit: typical is VGP’s ‘people first’ approach, where customer-centric collaboration is key to success. It has won the company many leading industry awards.

VGP generates an annual revenue of about 450 million euros. As a leading provider of packaging in European fast-moving consumer goods, the company continues to grow in printed folding cartons, offset laminated corrugated board, POS displays and a wide range of other packaging solutions.

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