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Autajon to inaugurate two new plants at the beginning of next fall

The Autajon group is inaugurating a new manufacturing plant for folding boxes in the United States as well as another factory in Germany. Aim of the management: “become leaders in each specialty”

The Autajon group who just completed the takeover of the Belgian company Bopack [1], specialized in the manufacturing of adhesive labels, a third of the production supplying the perfume and cosmetic sector, is on the brink of inaugurating, in October, in the United States, a new factory that will produce folding boxes for perfumes and cosmetics. The new site will offer a13 000 sqm area against currently 7 000 sqm. A second event is scheduled early fall in Germany with the inauguration of the new factory in Landerer subsequently increasing the manufacturing area from17 000 sqm to 24 000 sqm. Total investment, according to the group, “between 24 and 30 million Euros”.

Today Autajon has a turnover of 370 million Euros, employs 2,800 staff and has 22 production sites around the world. The success of this French company based near Montélimar is undoubtedly a model to be followed. Perfumery-cosmetics, pharmacy, wines and spirits, confectionery, chocolate, tea, coffee ... The Autajon Group covers today nearly every segment of the label and cardboard packaging sector. But perfumery-cosmetics still remains the first market of the company representing almost 40% of its turnover followed by pharmaceuticals (20%).

External growth, spearhead of the French firm since 1995, has helped the group become one of the European leaders for converting folding boxes. “Our aim is to become leaders in each specialty” explains Gilles Poncato, Sales Director of the group. “One can say our objective is well advanced in Europe in the segment of folding boxes designed in particular for the Beauty & Health sector. And we are almost there with labelling. The takeover of Bopack is of course a fantastic opportunity to help us achieve this goal. Bopack is a great specialist in adhesive labelling in Europe, if not the specialist with excellent knowledge in digital printing, not to mention the fact that the group is well positioned in the manufacturing of cylindrical covers or sleeves”.

Another line of investment in recent months for the Autajon group: environment, with the implementation of carbon footprint calculation for the Montélimar plant to be carried out afterwards on several other plants of the group.

Jean-Yves Bourgeois

Footnotes

[1] 88 million Euros in turnover, 6 factories in Europe, 600 staff

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