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International Paper to Buy SCA's Packaging Business in Asia

April 26, 2010 - International Paper today said that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase SCA's packaging business in Asia for $200 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments.

IP expects to complete the purchase in the second quarter of 2010, subject to regulatory approval of the transaction in China.

"We're buying good facilities at a good price as well as gaining an excellent team of 4,500 employees," said Paul Brown, president, IP Asia.

"SCA's facilities complement our existing converting system of 12 corrugated box plants, which are principally in China. The combination strengthens our packaging business in Asia and will make it more competitive, more profitable and better able to serve customers," Brown said.

SCA said the sale is in line with its strategy in Asia to focus on hygiene products in that region.

The SCA packaging business in Asia, which is primarily in China, consists of 13 corrugated box plants and two specialty packaging facilities.

SOURCE: International Paper and SCA




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