• The merged entity will fall under the umbrella of the family-owned and operated Pearson Group Packaging (PG-P).
    The merged entity will fall under the umbrella of the family-owned and operated Pearson Group Packaging (PG-P).
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Australian rigid packaging provider, Plasdene Glass-Pak, has acquired Vinkem Packaging, a secondary packaging supplier based in the Hunter Valley, NSW, which predominantly services the Australian wine industry.

The merged entity will fall under the umbrella of the family-owned and operated Pearson Group Packaging (PG-P).

This union has brought together two organisations with a deep history in global packaging sourcing expertise, as well as complementary product portfolios, markets served and capabilities.

Since starting up 36 years ago, Plasdene Glass-Pak has maintained a policy of reinvestment for future growth and prosperity, such that today PG-P is a world-class, seven-branch Distribution Centre network with supporting infrastructure across Australia.

And, one of the driving forces of the business’ success has always been to partner with like-minded companies.

“We are extremely proud that we can now bring Vinkem Packaging under the Plasdene Glass-Pak umbrella, and we are extremely excited that the Vinkem team will be coming on this journey with us, where we intend to give them all of the financial resources, infrastructure support, and marketing strengths to take Vinkem to the next level,” said Ken Pearson, CEO of Plasdene Glass-Pak.

Vinkem Packaging had already been within Plasdene’s collaboration sphere for many years, as a supply partner. Now, the union further enhances the performance of Plasdene Glass-Pak, delivering increased depth of range, supply lines, and new product portfolios for its clients, solidifying Plasdene’s position as a one-stop packaging supply and service provider.

“I doubt I could have found a better fit for Vinkem than Plasdene. Apart from the amazing opportunities it provides for both parties, the fact Plasdene is a family-owned business meant the world to me”, said Paul Wootten, founder of Vinkem Packaging.

For decades, Vinkem Packaging has been a major supplier of corrugated cartons and dividers. They also complement that offering by being specialists in premium, tailored solutions, with a range that incorporates high-quality ‘showcase-style’ secondary packaging, including industry and custom cardboard cartons, dividers and fittings; single, double and triple bottle carry packs; gloss display packs; custom wooden gift and hamper boxes; display stands; cardboard post packs; and safety packaging. This sustainable range is also available with high-quality printing and decoration options.

As part of the transition process, Vinkem Packaging’s team has relocated to the Plasdene Glass-Pak Hunter Valley branch.

Although physically operating from the same location, in the immediate future the two businesses will continue to trade independently, such that transactions and business interactions with Vinkem Packaging should be considered ‘business as usual’.

The union delivers increased depth of range, supply lines, and new product portfolios for both company's clients.
The union delivers increased depth of range, supply lines, and new product portfolios for both company's clients.

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