TricorBraun acquires two Australian packaging distributors

Above: Travis Norman and Andrew Allsop

TricorBraun has acquired spirits packaging distributor UniquePak and industrial packaging distributor Alplas Products (Alplas), further expanding the company’s footprint across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

“These acquisitions broaden our capabilities for spirits and industrial packaging across Australia and New Zealand,” said Andrew Allsop, managing director, TricorBraun ANZ.

“The UniquePak and Alplas teams are highly respected for their expertise, focus on quality, and customer service, and we look forward to investing in their  continued growth.”

NSW-based UniquePak is an importer of glass and related packaging products into the wine, spirit, food and pharmaceutical markets of Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the USA.  

Alplas Products has operated from Melbourne since 1974 supplying plastic drum taps, valves, and fittings for metal and plastic drums and fittings for all brands of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs).  

The companies will continue as standalone businesses, operating as UniquePak, a TricorBraun company, and Alplas Products, a TricorBraun  company.

Over time, the companies will transition to the TricorBraun ANZ brand. All UniquePak and Alplas team members will remain with TricorBraun.

TricorBraun established its footprint in the region with the acquisitions of Cormack Packaging in 2021, PB Packaging in 2022, and Plas-Pak Western Australia in 2024.

“For nearly a decade, customers have relied on UniquePak for our wide range of design and sourcing capabilities, and they can continue to do so with the added benefits of TricorBraun’s resources,” said Travis Norman,  managing director, UniquePak.

“TricorBraun’s extensive capabilities, along with its dedication to quality and customer service, make it a perfect partner for our next chapter.”

With the acquisition, TricorBraun will leverage UniquePak’s expertise to expand its glass packaging offerings and capabilities to TricorBraun customers in ANZ and globally. According to TricorBraun , the Alplas acquisition enables TricorBraun to add Alplas’ full scope of industrial packaging products to its existing offering.

TricorBraun, which was established in 1902, operates from more than 100 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, employing more than 2000 people globally. Since its founding, TricorBraun has partnered with management teams to acquire and 44 packaging companies globally.

TricorBraun first established its presence in Australia with the acquisition of Cormack Packaging in September 2021. In June 2022, the company acquired PB Packaging and its related businesses. Other companies within TricorBraun’s ANZ stable include Bevcap, Blowcon, Ausbottle, and SP&D. The acquisition of Plas-Pak WA follows TricorBrau’s purchase of Glassland in Germany last week. It also acquired CanSource in the US in August 2023.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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