Chesapeake develops its presence in Central Europe

Chesapeake, a leading supplier of consumer packaging, is extending its global network after reaching an agreement to acquire Poland's leading producer of labels and cartons, Cezar S.A. (Cezar).

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The operation complements Chesapeake's existing facilities and further extends its extensive supply network to develop and support its presence in Central Europe.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jerry Kerins, Chairman & CEO, said, “Cezar is an impressive, well-respected operation and an ideal partner to further extend our position in Central and Eastern Europe. Cezar operates to exceptionally high production standards and benefits from new generation machinery establishing them firmly as a world-class manufacturer. This acquisition extends our service to customers and Cezar's rigorous quality standards, proactive approach to innovation and customer service closely match our own philosophy.”

Cezar's main production site is based near Bialystok, north-east Poland, two hours drive from Warsaw. Cezar also has a satellite operation across the Polish border in Belarus. The business produces premium quality folding cartons as well as wet-applied, self-adhesive and in-mould labels. Employing over 300 people, Cezar is a substantial business focused on the alcoholic drinks, pharmaceutical, confectionery and beauty-care markets supplying both pan-European and local customers. The business is certified to many international standards and has embraced lean manufacturing techniques including Kaizen, Kanban and has an established 5S system in place. This approach will enable the business to strengthen its position in its core markets and to further develop its presence in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.

Jerry Kerins, went on to say, “The acquisition of Cezar is an important step in our strategy to develop and further extend our integrated supply network. We have also embarked on a major investment program which has benefited sites in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, US and China. As well as new production equipment, to maximise efficiency and strengthen customer service levels, we are committed to product innovation to help our customers develop and extend their markets.”
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