Plastic reusable products manufacturer Orbis buys US packaging firm

4 April 2018 (Last Updated April 4th, 2018 12:34)

Reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has acquired US-based custom packaging solutions provider Response Packaging.

Reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has acquired US-based custom packaging solutions provider Response Packaging.

The acquisition comprises Response Packaging’s design, testing and manufacturing facilities in Piedmont and Greenville in South Carolina, Auburn Hills, Michigan, and León, Mexico.

Response Packaging focuses on conceptualising, designing, prototyping and manufacturing reusable custom dunnage and fabricated steel rack solutions.

The acquisition will see Response Packaging operate as a brand of Orbis.

Orbis president Bill Ash said: “This acquisition brings us talented people, efficient plants and strong capabilities in geographic areas where Orbis wants to grow.

“Orbis has been pursuing a strategy to expand its custom business.”

“Response Packaging is strongly aligned with Orbis in areas like supply chain expertise, innovation and customer knowledge.”

With 245 employees in the US and Mexico, Response Packaging serves the automotive and industrial markets with custom dunnage designed for part protection.

The company also specialises in fabricated steel rack and dunnage systems that ensure the safe and efficient transport of vehicle components in the supply chain.

Orbis is a division of Menasha, a manufacturer of corrugated and plastic packaging.

Menasha president Jim Kotek said: “Orbis has been pursuing a strategy to expand its custom business to serve customers with a broader portfolio of solutions.

“The acquisition of Response Packaging supports this objective by adding complementary capabilities and establishing a manufacturing presence in the Southeast and expanded capabilities to meet our customers’ needs in Mexico.”

Operating in 50 locations across North America and Europe, Orbis manufactures plastic reusable totes, bulk containers, pallets and dunnage.

The company further offers reusable packaging management (RPM) services to help track and manage these assets in the supply chain.