Amersham, United Kingdom, 09 April 2010 – Chesapeake, a leading supplier of consumer packaging, is extending its global network after reaching an agreement to acquire Poland’s leading producer of labels and cartons, Cezar S.A. (Cezar). The operation complements Chesapeake’s existing facilities and further extends its extensive supply network to develop and support its presence in Central Europe.
“Cezar is an impressive, well-respected operation and an ideal partner to further extend our position in Central and Eastern Europe," said Jerry Kerins, chairman and CEO. "Cezar operates to exceptionally high production standards and benefits from new generation machinery establishing them firmly as a world-class manufacturer. This acquisition extends our service to customers and Cezar’s rigorous quality standards, proactive approach to innovation and customer service closely match our own philosophy,” he said.
“The acquisition of Cezar is an important step in our strategy to develop and further extend our integrated supply network," Kerins said. "We have also embarked on a major investment program which has benefited sites in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and China. As well as new production equipment, to maximize efficiency and strengthen customer service levels, we are committed to product innovation to help our customers develop and extend their markets.”
Cezar’s main production site is based near Bialystok, in northeast Poland, two hours drive from Warsaw. Cezar also has operations across the Polish border in Belarus. The business produces premium quality folding cartons as well as wet-applied, self-adhesive, and in-mould labels. Cezar employs more than 300 people, and serves the alcohol, pharmaceutical, confectionery, and beauty-care markets locally and through European.