BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Rapak® brand, including certain bag-in-box product lines and assets from Liqui-Box, after the completion of its acquisition of DS Smith Plc’s Plastics Division. As a regulatory condition, Liqui-Box is required to divest certain of DS Smith’s bag-in-box product lines which overlap with Liqui-Box’s current product lines. In turn, TriMas agreed to acquire the Rapak brand name for its use globally, as well as bag-in-box product lines used in dairy, soda, smoothie and wine product applications.
“We are pleased to be adding the Rapak brand name and bag-in-box applications and products to TriMas’ packaging portfolio,” said Thomas Amato, President and Chief Executive Officer of TriMas. “This product adjacency allows TriMas to participate in this socially responsible trend of liquid packaging solutions, while also leveraging our strength in advanced closure and dispensing technology. This acquisition will also add to our diversified base of blue-chip customers serving dairy, soft drinks, liquid food products, wine and other beverage end markets.”
In addition to acquiring the Rapak brand name, certain dispensing innovation and aseptic application products and capabilities, TriMas will also obtain all global ownership rights for the Mustang® wine bag-in-box dispensing products. The Mustang product line features an innovative bag fitment with the lowest oxygen transfer rates in the market, and is ideal for wine and other bag-in-box packaging applications. In addition, the acquisition will include the Autokap™ and Stericap™ brands and product lines, and the capacity to manufacture IntaSept™ filling machine products.
In 2019, the product revenue related to the acquired Rapak bag-in-box and other products was approximately $30 million. TriMas will also be acquiring manufacturing facilities located in Indianapolis, Indiana and Union City, California, and a new facility in the greater Chicago, Illinois area. The transaction is expected to close in early 2020, and remains subject to Liqui-Box’s successful completion of its acquisition of DS Smith’s Plastics Division and other closing conditions.
TriMas is a global manufacturer and provider of products for customers predominantly in the consumer products, aerospace and industrial end markets, with approximately 3,400 dedicated employees in 11 countries. We provide customers with a wide range of innovative and quality product solutions through our market-leading businesses. Our TriMas family of businesses has strong brand names in the end markets served, and operates under a common set of values and strategic priorities under the TriMas Business Model. TriMas is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TRS,” and is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.trimascorp.com.
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