Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group

Hartsville, S.C., U.S. – Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), Europe’s leading provider of composite cans along with composite drums and rigid plastic containers, for €286 million, or approximately $360 million, in cash. ... [more]

With 12 production sites, over 1,100 employees and annual sales of €250 million in 2013, the Weidenhammer Packaging Group is one of the world's two leading suppliers of composite cans, composite drums and rigid plastic containers. Founded in Hockenheim, Germany in 1955, the family-owned enterprise has evolved over the last 55 years to become a market and technology leader in its segment. Weidenhammer customers include international brand product manufacturers Nestlé, Unilever, Kellogg Company, Procter & Gamble, Rügenwalder Mühle, Imperial Tobacco and BAT.


The 12 Weidenhammer plants in Europe and North & South America and the company's operations in Russia, Eastern Europe and countries overseas form an efficient global network. This means that we are always there to support you ­ wherever and whenever you need us.

Weidenhammer production operations are standardized across Europe. This ensures excellent delivery reliability along with fast and flexible responses to customer needs.

There is nothing in the world that cannot be done better.
Innovating new solutions is part of our daily routine at Weidenhammer. We invest substantially in research and development. As market and technology leader, we strive to be always better than the others.

Our goal is to give customers the best possible packaging solution for their product. Most of our innovations are created at short notice with the close cooperation between Weidenhammer packaging development, marketing, and purchasing departments. This results in effective, tailor-made packaging solutions and new developments with market significance.

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