An Elkhart-based manufacturer of cardboard boxes already working to expand its operations in Elkhart is expanding elsewhere through a merger with another box-maker. In a deal announced Tuesday, July 7, Welch Packaging Group is merging with American Corrugated Products, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that specializes in packaging for the automotive industry. “American Corrugated Products has a mix of custom packaging solutions built on strong design capabilities which fits the Welch model like a glove,” Welch founder and CEO Scott Welch said in a statement. “This expands the talent, design and niche products that we can bring to our customer while broadening our automotive industry expertise. American Corrugated Products customers will greatly benefit from Welch’s geographic coverage and product capabilities.” Combined, the companies have 900 employees across six states. Welch Packaging was founded in Elkhart in 1985 and has facilities in Elkhart, Marion, Indianapolis, Chicago, and three Ohio plants in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo. American Corrugated has plants in Jackson, Mich.; Evansville; Morehead, Ky.; Columbia, Tenn., and Dyersburg, Tenn. A statement from Welch Packaging did not specify how or if the companies’ leadership would be consolidated or how the merger might impact the people currently working at the companies. Calls and emails to a Welch company spokesperson for comment were not returned Tuesday afternoon. Welch Packaging has grown significantly in the last few years through the acquisition of other box-making companies. In May 2014, it acquired Go Packaging LLC in Lombard, Ill., and in March 2014 it bought Marion-based Indiana Corrugated. In November 2013, officials announced the acquisition of Nova Packaging, also in Marion. http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/business/2015/07/08/Elkhart-s-Welch-Packaging-group-merges-with-Ohio-based-American-Corrugated-Products.html
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia supported by the Chilean Office of Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), announced it has partnered with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to recently exhibit APP’s innovative food packaging and premium packaging boards at Espacio Food & Service 2017.
The ITPC is a non-profit government organization under the Directorate General for National Export Development of Indonesia and the Espacio Food & Service event is known as one of the most influential food industry get-togethers in Chile and throughout Latin America.
“This show was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate that Indonesian companies such as APP can take its rightful place on the world stage, delivering true innovation and industry market demand solutions,” said Ambassador Philemon Arobaya, Indonesian Ambassador to Chile. “Indonesia has so much to offer the world, and we are proud to bring just a small piece of it to Latin America.”
The three-day show was attended by more than 20,000 visitors eager to learn of the latest developments in the food service industry. The Indonesian Embassy, ITPC and APP booth featured Foopak and SinarKraft, APP’S latest food packaging product lines, and Sinarvanda, a new premium line of packaging boards. These products are being offered in Chile and other Latin American markets through APP’s strategic partners, Perez Trading and PapeleraDimar.
“We are honored that the Indonesian government featured our products at this prominent food industry event,” said Anthony Atamimi, Latin America director for Charta Global. “In partnership with the Indonesian Government, we were able to demonstrate the high-quality paperboard and packaging products needed to support the growing Chilean market place.”