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About Firstan

Firstan is an independent folding carton manufacturer with focus on quality, customer service and operational efficiency.On January 18th, 2021, Firstan was acquired by AR Packaging. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquarters Location

The Packaging Centre Cardinal Way

Huntingdon, England, PE29 2XN,

United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1480 418418

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Latest Firstan News

AR Packaging sets out UK strategy after Firstan acquisition

May 24, 2021

Swedish cartons and flexibles firm AR Packaging has outlined its strategy for the UK market following the acquisition of Firstan. The deal for carton specialist Firstan was concluded in January. The Cambridgeshire-based business has now been rebranded AR Packaging Cambridge. Earlier this month, it was announced that Graphic Packaging is set to acquire AR Packaging in a $1.4bn deal. The move is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Speaking exclusively to Packaging News, AR Packaging UK managing director Neil Andrews said that the UK is a huge market for the group and it aims to maximise the AR product portfolio. “We won’t change the dynamics [of Firstan] but we want to support it and grow the business,” he said. “Firstan was a well-invested plant and highly efficient. We will continue to invest.” The Firstan business is split 80% food and 20% healthcare/pharmaceutical. Andrews added that the Firstan addition will give AR Packaging back-up and support at a time when demand is intense. The group has other UK sites in Rotherham and Highbridge. “We are looking to the future and where we need to be in the next five years,” said Andrews. “With flexibles and cartons, we take a pragmatic approach and not many in the industry can take an objective view. “One trend we are seeing is that the interaction between retailers, producers and manufacturers is far better today. There is more feedback through the complete chain and we are listening to retailers and packers. The interaction in the industry is driving the right behaviour and today there is far stronger integration. “The playing field has changed and there is a realisation that we need to work together to meet customer requirements.” Andrews added that consumer habits had changed during the pandemic and that some trends – such as the rise in home cooking – could well stick. He said that foodservice demand in the UK is likely to spike once more pandemic restrictions are eased, before returning to normal pre-Covid levels. AR Packaging operates in Europe, Africa and Asia with a group turnover of around €900m. 2021-05-24

Firstan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is Firstan's headquarters?

    Firstan's headquarters is located at The Packaging Centre, Huntingdon.

  • What is Firstan's latest funding round?

    Firstan's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Firstan?

    Investors of Firstan include AR Packaging.

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