Sonoco to Acquire Conitex Sonoco Joint Venture

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Sonoco to Acquire Conitex Sonoco Joint Venture

Jun 1, 2018 9:37:00 AM

Establishes Leadership in Global Paper-based Engineered Textile Carriers

HARTSVILLE, S.C., May 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 70 percent interest in the joint venture of Conitex Sonoco for approximately $133 million in cash. Conitex Sonoco is a vertically integrated, global leader in the manufacture of paper-based cones and tubes used in the textile industry. The transaction is subject to normal international regulatory reviews and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

The Conitex Sonoco joint venture was formed in 1998 between Texpack, Inc., a Spanish-based global provider of paperboard and paper-based packaging products, and Sonoco’s former North America textile cone business. In 2017, the joint venture had total sales of approximately $245 million and produced more than 300,000 tons of uncoated recycled paperboard, which was used to produce approximately 1.4 billion tubes and cones for the global spun yarn industry. The company also produces adhesives, flexible intermediate bulk containers and corrugated pallets. The joint venture has 13 manufacturing locations in 10 countries, including four paper mills and seven cone and tube converting operations as well as two other production facilities.

“The Conitex Sonoco relationship has been very successful over the past 20 years, and we see even further opportunity to grow Sonoco’s existing global paper-based tube and core business through this combination, especially in faster-growing emerging markets in Asia where we will be substantially increasing our manufacturing presence while more than doubling our current annual sales in the region,” said Rob Tiede, Sonoco president and chief executive officer.

Tiede added, “We welcome Conitex Sonoco’s nearly 1,250 employees and are excited by the prospects for further building strong relationships with our combined customers in Asia, the Americas and Europe by offering innovative packaging solutions in paperboard, textile carriers and other value-added products.”

The acquisition of Conitex Sonoco will be modestly accretive to Sonoco’s earnings in 2018. Conitex Sonoco’s Chief Operating Officer Michel Schmidlin and members of his global leadership team will remain with Sonoco, and there are no expected changes to customer relationships. When the transaction is completed, Conitex Sonoco’s financial results will be reported within Sonoco’s Paper/Industrial Converted Products segment.


About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 21,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to Better Packaging. Better Life., and ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2018 list. For more information, visit

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Conitex Sonoco welcomes the opportunity to meet with you at these upcoming events:

February 11- 12, 2020
Cannabis Packaging Summit
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
(Exhibiting) Booth #102
Sonoco Products Company


Attending Reps:
Dwayne Ezekiel, Inside Sales Manager, BulkSak, Flexible Products

February 12, 2020
Southern Textile Association Winter Technical Seminar
Textile Technology Center
Belmont, NC


Attending Reps:
Rick Carpenter, 1st Vice President STA; Sales Rep, Converted Products
Austin Duncan, North American Sales Rep, Converted Products

May 12-14, 2020
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
(Exhibiting) Booth #2803

Attending Reps:

Rick Carpenter, 1st Vice President STA; Sales Rep, Converted Products|
Austin Duncan, North American Sales Rep, Converted Products
David Monteith, VP Flexible and Converted Products
Aaron Albritton, Pallet Design Engineer, Converted Products
Kevin Frady, Manufacturing Manager, Converted Products
Shawn Pederson, Tubes Technical Director, Converted Products
Vo Phu, Cones Technical Director, Converted Products

June 14-16, 2020
Southern Textile Association & Fiber Buyers Annual Meeting
Hilton Beach Front Resort
Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

Attending Reps:
Rick Carpenter, 1st Vice President STA; Sales Rep, Converted Products
Austin Duncan, North American Sales Rep, Converted Products


ShanghaiTex 2019

November 25-28, 2019
Shanghai New International Expo Center
Shanghai, China


June 20-26, 2019
Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via
Barcelona, Spain

TechTextil North America

February 26-28, 2019
Raleigh Conference Center
Raleigh, NC

Industrial Pack 2018

April 4-5, 2018
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA

NPE 2018: The Plastics Show

May 7-11, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL