Film & Foil AR Metallizing acquires Eurofoil paper coating


etallized paper manufacturer AR Metallizing has acquired Eurofoil Paper Coating in Berlin. The closing

of the transaction is subject to approval of the German Cartel authorities. Eurofoil is a European manufacturer of

laminated and metallised inner liners. In the past 60 years they have built a comprehensive portfolio of inner liners

encompassing laminated, metallised and pure slitted and coated paper products. The plant is well-equipped and enjoys a

strong asset base with highly automated equipment, including water-based lacquering and metallising lines, which are among some of the fastest in the world. The plant enjoys all the key certifications to serve its customers efficiently. Extending AR Metallizing’s global reach

with a factory in Berlin will complement the company’s existing plants in Belgium, Italy, North America and Brazil. Eurofoil will eventually be rebranded to AR Metallizing. Staff will be fully integrated into the company, taking AR Metallizing’s global headcount to approximately 700. “The acquisition of Eurofoil is the ideal next step in AR Metallizing’s growth strategy,

allowing the team to increase production capacity and better serve our growing customer base,’ says Bart Devos, AR Metallizing’s CEO. ‘This newest acquisition also gives us the opportunity to continue the expansion of our innovative product portfolio and increase our R&D facilities. Incorporating Eurofoil will allow us to work towards our goal of positioning AR Metallizing as a leading provider of choice for multinational firms looking to use eco- friendly, paperbased packaging and labelling materials. Through the acquisition, AR Metallizing will also be further developing and serving our customers with an increased number of products for direct food contact.”

Exports lead the way as European aluminium foil production levels remain flat


n 2019 European aluminium foil production showed a modest increase of close to 1 per cent compared to 2018.

While European demand remains soft, exports to markets outside the area are powering ahead. In 2018, overseas sales increased by 34.6 per cent, more than double the figure seen in the whole of 2018, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Year to date total deliveries of thinner

gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, declined by 1 per cent. Thicker gauges, typically utilised for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, were ahead by 4.2 per cent, maintaining the positive trend for this category. However overall domestic demand decreased by 4.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Shipments in the three months April to June 2019 totalled 245,300 tonnes, advancing 2.9 per cent on Q2 production in 2018. Thinner gauges reversed recent declines with an increase of 2.4 per cent, while thicker gauge products added 3.9 per cent. A positive export performance saw deliveries increase by 58 per cent in the quarter. Bruno Rea, President of EAFA believes the outlook remains hard to predict. “The fact that production levels are ahead of 2018 is encouraging. But export markets are notoriously volatile, particularly in current circumstances, when continuing trade disputes are weighing on international trade,” he says. “We would like to see European demand improve as it has been in decline during 2019. This could be due to a number of factors, such as de-stocking or cautious

ordering patterns because of the uncertainties in the marketplace. There is a dramatic increase of foil inflow from China, severely impacting domestic production levels - the impact on the European supply and demand balance by imports from outside Europe is continuing to hurt the European Foil Roller industry. The fundamentals for our European customers remain positive in our opinion and we do see the likelihood of an improvement in orders in the next six months,” continues Rea.

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