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International Paper Acquires Europac's Tangier, Morocco Packaging Facility for EUR 40 Million

Tangier box plant The Tangier facility allows IP to further integrate its Kenitra mill as well as realize supply chain and converting synergies with the company's other box plants in Morocco.

June 29, 2017 - International Paper announced yesterday that it signed an agreement to acquire Europac's Tangier box plant for 40 million Euros. With this acquisition, the company expects to realize significant synergies in its box system in Morocco as well as from the paper integration with the recently acquired Madrid, Spain, mill and its existing recycled containerboard mill in Kenitra, Morocco.

International Paper obtained all relevant approvals by Moroccan authorities, including antitrust approval.

Closing of the transaction is expected for the end of June.

Packaging is a core business for International Paper and Morocco with its attractive investment climate and growing economy is a strategic priority for the company.

“As we are constantly aiming at providing superior value for existing and new customers, the Tangier box plant represents an attractive opportunity to further grow our successful corrugated packaging business in Morocco by complementing our existing asset base with a state-of-the art box making facility,” said Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager of International Paper's corrugated packaging business in EMEA. “Moreover, the Tangier facility allows us to further integrate our Kenitra mill as well as realize supply chain and converting synergies with our other box plants in Morocco.

“This acquisition is a significant investment into the future of our corrugated packaging business in Morocco, our customers, our employees, and our communities, and we are excited to be making this strategic step,” Chartrain added.

Europac explained that it decided to sell the Tangiers plant in order to focus on a plan to grow its footprint in Spain with the goal of acquiring greater market share and strengthening its commercial policy and integration strategy in that region.

Jose Miguel Isidro, Executive Chairman of the Europac Group, stated, “We have always expressed our willingness to grow in a priority market such as Spain, especially in the packaging and recovered paper business lines . . . from the point of view of creating value for shareholders, our flexibility and adaptive capacity to establish priorities within a global strategy has led us to consider as advisable the sale of the Tangier factory.”

Organizationally, the Tangier facility will become part of International Paper's Moroccan corrugated packaging business.

International Paper is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. To learn more, please visit: internationalpaper.com.

SOURCE: International Paper and Europac