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Kohlberg closes on acquisition of Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe; Merges with Nelipak

Nelipak® Corporation, Inc. (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of custom designed packaging for the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, announced today that Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. (Kohlberg), a private equity firm headquartered in Mount Kisco, NY, and Nelipak’s owner, has completed the acquisition of Bemis® Healthcare Packaging Europe (Bemis®) from Amcor’s Flexible Packaging business unit. Bemis®, located in Clara (Ireland), Derry (Northern Ireland, UK), and Elsham (United Kingdom), will be merged with Nelipak, and the combined company will operate under the Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging brand.

Headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island, Nelipak is a leading global manufacturer of custom-designed rigid healthcare packaging used for Class II and Class III medical devices, and pharma drug delivery products. The company operates strategically located cleanroom facilities meeting customers’ most stringent packaging requirements. Nelipak’s experienced in-house design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and quality teams offer medical trays and blisters, custom built sealing machines and other value-added services.

“We are excited about the addition of the Bemis® European Healthcare Packaging business, a great organization with outstanding people and tremendous capabilities and we proudly welcome the team to Nelipak,” said Mike Kelly President and CEO of Nelipak. “We will leverage the unique capabilities of both organizations to delight our customers with innovative designs, world class quality, and excellent service. This will significantly enhance Nelipak’s capabilities with the addition of flexible packaging alternatives for our global customers.”

“Our recent acquisition of Nelipak represented a platform for growth and consolidation,” commented Seth H. Hollander, Partner of Kohlberg. “The Bemis acquisition provides a unique opportunity to create global scale and diversification across complementary product offerings.” Roger Prevot, Operating Partner of Kohlberg, added, “This combination provides attractive opportunities for revenue growth from cross-selling and geographic expansion. Mike and his team will be better equipped to serve the company’s customers as a comprehensive partner for their packaging needs.”

William Blair & Company served as financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP served as legal counsel to Amcor. Lincoln International LLC served as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison served as legal counsel to Kohlberg and Nelipak.

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