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May 27, 2022

UPM Raflatac agrees to acquire German coating company AMC

The acquisition is intended to boost UPM Raflatac’s position in Central Europe and expand its product offering.

Finnish label material company UPM Raflatac has agreed to acquire Germany-based coating specialist Advanced Methods of Coating (AMC) for an undisclosed sum.

AMC’s businesses include Intercoat, which focuses on coatings for pressure-sensitive filmic label stock, as well as Viscom/Graphics materials, Global Notes and Print Inform, which specialise in removable self-adhesive stationery products.

The company operates two production sites in Kaltenkirchen and Hagenow, Germany, and generated €110m ($118.07m) in sales during the latest financial year. It has more than 300 employees.

Through this acquisition, UPM Raflatac aims to strengthen its position in Central Europe and add new self-adhesive product lines to its product offering.

UPM Raflatac executive vice-president Antti Jääskeläinen said: “AMC’s capabilities and business portfolio are an excellent fit for us.

“The combination with UPM Raflatac’s efficient supply chain and sales and distribution network will enable further growth.

“We look forward to offering a stronger product portfolio to our current and new customers.”

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year subject to regulatory approvals being given.

Following the acquisition, UPM Raflatac plans to expedite AMC’s growth and realise significant synergies for the brand.

AMC shareholders and board members Wolfgang Leichner and Thomas Schwerdtfeger said: “We are pleased to see AMC continuing to grow within the UPM Raflatac family.

“We strongly believe that by combining our knowledge and capabilities with UPM Raflatac’s experience, we can provide even stronger benefits to our customers and a successful future for our employees.”

In March last year, UPM Raflatac received independent certification from SCS Global Services for its Vanish PCR labelling materials, which contain 90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content or more.

The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) labels in the Vanish PCR range are designed to help brands enhance their appearance while supporting the circular economy.

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