Jan. 6, 2023 - Stora Enso has completed the acquisition of the Netherland-based company De Jong Packaging Group, one of the largest corrugated packaging producers in the Benelux countries.
The acquisition, which was announced in September 2022 with an enterprise value of approximately EUR 1,020 million, closed today following regulatory clearances and employee consultation.
Founded in 1996, De Jong Packaging specialises in corrugated trays and boxes mainly for fresh produce, e-commerce and industry.
De Jong Packaging is also active in containerboard production through the acquisition of the De Hoop paper mill in the Netherlands in 2021.
De Jong Packaging Group has 17 sites in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK. It employs approximately 1,300 people.
The deal will significantly strengthen Stora Enso's presence in European packaging markets and provide an entry into the corrugated packaging market in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK.
With the acquisition, Stora Enso's Packaging Solutions division will increase its corrugated packaging capacity by approximately 1,200 million m2 to more than 2,000 million m2, including De Jong Packaging Group's ongoing expansion projects.
De Jong Packaging Group's full year 2022 sales is estimated at approximately EUR 1 billion. Its product portfolio and geographic presence complement and enhance Stora Enso's offering, especially in fresh produce, e-commerce and industrial packaging.
"I am pleased to officially welcome De Jong Packaging Group as part of Stora Enso," said Annica Bresky, President and CEO at Stora Enso. "This acquisition advances Stora Enso's strategic direction by accelerating revenue growth and building market share in renewable packaging in Europe."
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world.
SOURCE: Stora Enso
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