Southgate has acquired the UK-based packaging equipment supplier Packaging Aids (formerly Packer) for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Basildon, Essex, Packaging Aids has been supplying packaging equipment for over 50 years.

The company’s equipment range includes adhesive tape dispensers, heat-sealing equipment, strapping tools, stretch wrapping machines and void-fill systems.

Following the purchase, Packaging Aids’s employees have been transferred. The company employs a team of 16, including management, marketing and warehouse staff.

The company’s managing director Steve Sweeney said: “This is a great moment for our distributors. The idea of the two brands Southgate and Packer coming together, I think is going to create a great synergy in the marketplace.”

Southgate commercial director Charles McIntyre said: “Southgate’s acquisition of Packer supports our vision of becoming the UK’s most comprehensive value partner to packaging distributors for industrial packaging equipment and associated consumables.”

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Southgate has a current network of more than 650 distributors spread geographically across the UK and 67 in the EU region.

The company designs and manufactures products that meet the demands of packaging professionals in high-productivity environments.

Southgate’s distribution centres in Birmingham and Brussels are ideally located for rapid supply across the UK and Europe.

The company noted that with more than 155,000ft² of warehousing space, 42 loading docks and automated warehouse manging system (WMS) it can ensure a 99.5% order picking accuracy.

The facility enables Southgate to offer next-day delivery for all stocked items and 48h-72h delivery across Western Europe.