Wendel welcomes the sale by Constantia Flexibles of its non-core folding carton division in Mexico, Aluprint Plegadizos, to Mexican company Grupo Gondi. The transaction is subject to anti-trust approval from the Mexican authorities and is expected to be completed in the coming months.
Aluprint Plegadizos is located in San Luis Potosi, and has approximately 600 employees. It manufactures folding cartons and high graphics micro-corrugated boxes for the fast moving consumer goods markets of Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.
Constantia Flexibles acquired Aluprint Plegadizos as part of the takeover of Globalpack in 2013. This was the only folding carton business within Constantia Flexibles and was not considered part of the core flexible packaging and labels activities. Mexico remains a key production hub for the group, with its site in San Luis Potosi for flexible packaging and Monterrey for labels.
This disposal is fully in line with Constantia Flexibles' profitable growth strategy. Wendel is the main shareholder of Constantia Flexibles with 61.1% of its share capital.
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