Avery Dennison sells off sheets business

Avery Dennison, which specialises in producing self-adhesive label and graphic materials, has come to an agreement to sell its Offset Sheets business in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) region to Torraspapel, part of the Lecta Group. 

Avery Dennison produces a range of labelling materials including this clear hotmelt adhesive for chilled food applications.

The Lecta Group, which is headquartered in London, was set up between 1997 and 1999 when it acquired three companies, Cartiere del Garda in Italy, Condat in France and Torraspapel in Spain. Torrespapel specialises in coated and uncoated woodfree paper, along with a wide range of specialty papers including metallized, carbonless, thermal, cast-coated and self-adhesive materials.

Lecta is reorientating itself towards more specialty markets. The company has invested in its self-adhesive materials production plant in recent years. Lecta is active in more than 130 countries and has a manufacturing capacity close to 1.7 million tons. The company has seven mills in Europe with 3000 staff and revenues of €1383 millions. By contrast, Avery Dennison employs more than 30,000 people in 50 countries and took in $7.1 billion in sales in 2019.

Fred Noel, vice president Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions EMENA, explained: “This sale is part of the strategy for Avery Dennison to focus on categories where we are best positioned to deliver high growth and potential for our customers, with a particular emphasis on our Visual Communication (VISCOM) business. We believe this sale is in the best interests of both Avery Dennison and of our Offset customers given Lecta’s strength in paper-based products.”

The deal involves a limited licensing arrangement for Lecta to take over the manufacture and sale of Avery Dennison’s portfolio of Fasson and JAC branded self-adhesive papers and films in the EMENA region, ensuring that those brands remain available through the existing network of distributors.

Noel added: “Creating a smooth, efficient and positive transition process for all groups involved is our top priority. We will keep our customers well-informed as we move towards the transition date.”

The transaction is subject to competition approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. You can find more information on the Lecta Group here and on Avery Dennison here.


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