ALPLA: big­gest acqui­si­tion in the history of the company

Box­more Pack­a­ging, with head­quar­ters in Johan­nes­burg, South Africa, will become a fully owned sub­si­diary of the Aus­trian pack­a­ging spe­cia­list ALPLA

Hard/Johannesburg, 7 July 2017 – ALPLA, a lea­ding pro­vider of plastic pack­a­ging world­wide, has bought an African market leader in the form of Box­more Pack­a­ging. The com­pany, head­quar­tered in Sam­rand, Johan­nes­burg, spe­cia­lises in PET pre-forms, PET bot­tles and clo­sures, and cur­r­ently employs around 1,000 mem­bers of staff at nine locations.

The African con­ti­nent is an attrac­tive growth market for us. With the purchase of Box­more Pack­a­ging, we now also have a broad basis for ent­e­ring the market in South Africa, in addi­tion to our acti­vi­ties with ALPLA TABA in North Africa’, says ALPLA CEO Gün­ther Lehner. ALPLA has acquired 100% of Box­more Pack­a­ging. All employees and loca­tions are being taken on by ALPLA, alt­hough it has been decided that the manage­ment struc­ture will remain the same. The cur­rent board, under the lea­dership of Len Engel­brecht (Box­more CEO), will con­tinue to manage the exis­ting Box­more busi­ness, and in addi­tion, take on respon­si­bi­lity for the inte­gra­tion and manage­ment of the exis­ting ALPLA SA busi­ness. For the fore­see­able future the com­pany will con­tinue to ope­rate under the exis­ting name as a member of the ALPLA Group.

Lea­ders in South Africa
Founded in 1995, Box­more Pack­a­ging is seen as the market leader for PET pre-forms and bot­tles (ISBM tech­no­logy), as well as clo­sures, in sou­thern Africa. Its head­quar­ters are located in the indus­trial zone of Sam­rand near the South African city of Johan­nes­burg. Around 1,000 employees cur­r­ently manu­fac­ture appro­xi­mately 4 bil­lion of the afo­re­men­tioned pro­ducts each year at nine pro­duc­tion loca­tions. The cus­to­mers of Box­more Pack­a­ging are situated in more than 20 African coun­tries, as well as on the islands in the Indian Ocean.

Both the pro­ducts and cus­tomer struc­ture of Box­more Pack­a­ging suit our cor­po­rate struc­ture very well’, empha­sised Chris­toph Riedl­sperger, ALPLA’s Regional Director for Africa, Middle East and Turkey. The active cus­tomer base includes nume­rous inter­na­tional con­sumer goods com­pa­nies and long-term cus­to­mers of ALPLA, but also local cus­to­mers pre­viously unknown to ALPLA. ‘With this acqui­si­tion, the big­gest in the history of the com­pany, we are taking a signi­fi­cant step towards our tar­gets on the African con­ti­nent,’ says Gün­ther Lehner.

Len Engel­brecht is delighted with this stra­tegic part­nership saying, “Our com­bined ambi­tion to prio­ri­tise growth in Africa is a very exci­ting oppor­tu­nity and one that we’ll be explo­ring through Boxmore’s cur­rent foot­print, and exis­ting rela­ti­ons­hips in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The take­over was signed on 5th of July 2017, imple­men­ta­tion remains sub­ject to the required legal and regu­la­tory approval by the com­pe­ti­tion aut­ho­ri­ties. The con­tract par­ties have reached a con­fi­den­tia­lity agree­ment regar­ding the finan­cial details.

ALPLA in Africa
ALPLA has ope­rated a pro­duc­tion loca­tion in Johan­nes­burg since 2014. At the end of 2015, ALPLA took over the Egyp­tian loca­tion of Argo S.A. in El Obour. In March 2016, ALPLA streng­t­hened its market pre­sence in North Africa and the Middle East through a joint ven­ture with the Egyp­tian Taba Group. Since early 2017, the com­pany has ope­rated under the name ALPLA TABA. In spring 2017, ALPLA TABA opened a new loca­tion in 10th of Ramadan City that meets state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion stan­dards. With the loca­tions of Box­more Pack­a­ging, ALPLA now owns 13 pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties in Africa.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion:


Fact box:

  • Company: Boxmore Packaging
  • Headquarters: Samrand, Johannesburg – South Africa
  • Foundation: 1995
  • Locations:  9 (1 Mauritius (Indian Ocean), 1 Zambia, all others in South Africa)
  • Employees: 1,000
  • Products: Specialised in plastic packaging, in particular PET pre-forms, PET bottles and closures for drinks bottles
  • Market segments: Mainly for drinks, but also food, home and personal care, pharmaceutical products, chemicals
  • Technologies: ISBM and injection moulding


About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the lea­ding com­pa­nies in the field of pack­a­ging solu­tions and is renowned throughout the world for pro­du­cing plastic pack­a­ging of the hig­hest qua­lity. Around 18,300 employees at 172 loca­tions across 45 coun­tries pro­duce high-quality pack­a­ging for brands in the food, beverage, cos­me­tics and clea­ning indus­tries. ALPLA cele­brated its 60th anni­ver­sary in 2015.


In case of edi­tors’ questions:
ALPLA, Dominic Fiel (Cor­po­rate Mar­ke­ting & Brand Manager), tele­phone +43 (0)5574 602 119, email
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Alex­andra Dittrich, tele­phone +43 (0)664 3939 353, email