CCL Industries Makes Moves in South Africa


TORONTO, ON, CANADA | CCL Industries, a supplier of specialty packaging and labeling solutions for the consumer products and healthcare industries, has opened a new sales, distribution, and technical service center in Johannesburg, South Africa, to support its growing sales of pressure-sensitive labels for global beverage companies in the beer, spirits, and soft drinks sector. CCL sales in this arena exceeded $10 million in 2012 and are expected to grow.

In addition the company has signed a binding agreement to sell its small wine label manufacturing operation in Stellenbosch to Bidvest, a South African public company, for approximately $1.25 million cash. Sales for this operation were approximately $3 million in 2012 with a nominal EBITDA.

Guenther Birkner, president of the CCL Food & Beverage business, says, "These changes will allow us to focus on our main mission in South Africa supporting our large global beer, spirits, and soft drinks customers as we build our wine business in important territories around the world. We are also pleased to have found a good home for our plant in Stellenbosch to serve the local wine industry."

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