INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICE THAT SETS US APART
Within our organisation, we have a depth of expertise that is the envy of many. From advising on the design and manufacture of PET Bottles, recommending the most suitable solution from our range of pre-forms and closures or developing a customised solution for a particular requirement, we can do it all. And with companies like Husky, Kortec, Sidel, Engel, Aoki and CSI partnering us technologically, we can be of more assistance than you might imagine.
On the PET side, Boxmore is internationally-renowned for the development of multi-layer barrier solutions which include the first commercial production of recyclable Poly Glycolic (PGA) barrier pre-forms (developed with Kureha Corp.) and the commercialisation of Coca Cola’s bespoke PLEMAT barrier solution. On the Closures side, we continue to lead in closure development through our association with CSI and are one of only two independent licensees of CSI Technology globally. Our Speciality Plastics division is locally-respected for its expertise in product development for blue-chip FMCG customers like Tiger Brands, L’Oreal and Johnson & Johnson and in particular for its world-class tool room and engineering skills which enable fast turnarounds.
Throughout the plastics industry, Boxmore is known as a point of reference, a benchmark for quality, service and sometimes just advice. This reputation is built on our thorough approach to understanding our customer’s needs, the products we make and the fact that we do things properly. We don’t take short cuts. This is “The Boxmore Way” and why we’re a trusted supply chain partner to many of southern Africa’s leading FMCG brands. That said, there are a number of aspects that either differentiate Boxmore Packaging from other plastic packaging manufacturers or lead to us being a first choice provider of plastic packaging solutions:
As a supplier to the world’s leading beverage and FMCG manufacturers, we use only quality raw materials and our food contact ingredients are regularly checked and approved by the likes of Coca Cola, Pepsi, J&J, Unilever and other global brands. Our polymers (PET, HDPE, PP, LDPE, LLDPE, PS and PVC) are sourced both locally and internationally.
We are committed to recycling not only in terms of the products we make but also in terms of the packaging and production materials we use. Internally we endeavor to minimise our waste by recycling where possible without compromising quality or acting against customer requirements. As a founding member of PETCO (the South African PET industry-funded organisation to promote recycling), we’ve been active in encouraging the recycling of PET for many years and have recently joined POLYCO, the newly-formed Polyolefin (HDPE and PP) equivalent. As the recycling process helps create employment, adds to domestic economic growth and reduces our reliance on virgin materials, we believe in creating and supporting a “virtuous value circle” which enables sustainable recycling by:
- Supporting collection and recycling
- Enabling recycling through better product design and education
- Growing demand for recycled products by developing new applications
To demonstrate our commitment to recycling, we make a voluntary contribution to either PETCO or POLYCO for every ton of resin sold in South Africa – and as a client, you can rest assured knowing that, by virtue of the business you place with us, you’re supporting the recycling process. What’s important is that for every ton of PET resin recycled, 1.5 tons of carbon emission are saved.
Throughout our organisation there is an appreciation that quality and service are products of people and equipment. To this end, we pride ourselves on the quality of our machinery and the condition in which we keep it. We utilise the latest technology in injection-moulding and bottle-blowing with most of our installed high speed injection-moulding equipment supplied by Husky. This includes three Husky-Kortec multi-layer machines that make us a world leader in multi-layer pre-form production. On the Closure side, most of our equipment is supplied by CSI and SACMI with our stretch-blow-moulding equipment supplied by Sidel and our bottler labelers by Krones. Our Speciality Plastics business is built on a solid platform of Aoki blow-moulders and Engel injection systems. In both cases we own the largest number of individual units in Southern Africa. Our relationships with these technology partners are but one more reason why the best brands choose Boxmore.
We believe that matching product and application is essential and thrive on opportunities to develop new products. Our development – with Kureha Corp. – of the first commercial use of Poly Glycolic Acid (PGA) barrier technology is but one example of this and enabled the introduction of Appletiser in a 350ml PET format. More recently, our work with Diageo to replace its 200ml Smirnoff 1818 glass pack with a premium PET solution based on 2 stage technology enabled the production of the lightest PET “nip” bottles in the Diageo system without sacrificing look or feel or reducing bottle strength.
We blow, label and print generic and proprietary bottles, jars and containers, produce pre-forms in a range of standard colours and manufacture plastic closures and lids for a variety of applications and neck finishes. We also manufacture petri-dishes and quick-lok specimen jars for the medical and pathological industries.
Boxmore is a 100% South African-owned and operated company with shares held by management, staff and Investec Bank Ltd through their private equity division, Investec Equity Partners.
Investec first bought a share in Boxmore in 2009 as part of a leveraged buy-out from Chesapeake Corp. and in 2010 increased its shareholding. Investec now holds two seats on the Board as Non-Executive Directors. The remainder of the shares are held by staff and management. Boxmore Plastics Mauritius, Boxmore Speciality Plastics and Boxmore Packaging Zambia are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Boxmore Packaging. Any enquiries relating to our shareholding should be addressed to Richard.Tunstall@investec.co.za
Len Engelbrecht (Chief Executive Officer)
Eugene Barnes (Chief Operating Officer)
David Drew (Chief Commercial Officer)
Kurt Schovell (Group HR Director)
Sharin Sweet (Group Sales Director)
Karabo Radebe (IEP)
Richard Tunstall (Chairman – IEP)
Boxmore Packaging is today a South African registered and owned company. One of the pioneers in the South African PET industry, the organisation was established in SA in 1995 by Irish packaging group, Boxmore International and later amalgamated into the US-based Chesapeake Corp. The company commenced operations on a greenfield site outside Harrismith, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. From the original factory in Harrismith, the group expanded through the establishment of a site in Cape Town (initially PET bottle-blowing and later pre-form production) in 2001 and then in Port Louis, Mauritius in 2002 (pre-form production). In 2009 the company was sold by the Chesapeake Corp. to a local private equity investment firm, Investment Bank Ltd. and management in a leverage buy-out deal.
In 2010, Investec increased its share through its private equity division Principled Investments and a staff trust was established as part of our commitment to truly broad-based empowerment The group has grown significantly in the last 3 years starting with the acquisition of the plastic closure division of MCG Industries in 2012. MCG Industries were one of the pioneers in the plastic closure market through their close association with Closure Systems International. In 2013 Boxmore acquired LaPack, a speciality plastics manufacturer based in Isando, Johannesburg which considerably expanded the product range and capability of the group. In the second half of 2013, Boxmore expanded its pre-form manufacturing footprint with the establishment of a manufacturing operation in Lusaka Zambia. In 2014 Boxmore acquired the PET assets of Hilfort Plastics and began the process of incorporating some of the equipment into the then relatively new Somerset West operation.
The Boxmore group also acquired Concorde Plastics, significantly boosting capability in the pharmaceutical packaging space and pathological consumables. The acquisition of the remainder of the Hilfort Plastics business and CinqPET in early 2015 completed the acquisition of PET assets from Astrapak and added manufacturing operations in Bloemfontein, Upington and a site in Johannesburg.