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Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in the Packaging Sector – Thematic Research

The M&A deal value in the year 2020 under the packaging sector was $15.6 billion. It has recorded a growth of more than 3% in the year 2021. In terms of deal volume, the year 2021 recorded a growth of more than 31%. Packaging material accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. The sub-sector recorded 187 deals in 2020. North America and Europe continued to lead the packaging sector M&A deal activity.

Overview of the global M&A deals in the packaging sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the packaging sector

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What are the market dynamics in the packaging sector?

ESG is no longer just a nice thing to have for packaging companies, it has become essential. Both regulators and non-governmental initiatives are pushing the packaging sector towards a circular economy. This means that economic activity must be gradually decoupled from the consumption of finite resources and waste must be designed out of the system. The ESG theme holds great sway in packaging acquisition strategies and is an effective way to quickly bolster the ESG credentials of a company’s packaging portfolio.

Which are the key regions in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector?

In 2021, the key regions in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector are North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China. North America and Europe continued to lead the packaging sector M&A deal activity.

Global M&A deals in the packaging sector, by key regions

Global M&A deals in the packaging sector, by key regions

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What are the key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector?

The key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector are packaging material, specialized packaging, packaging sundries, packaging services, packaging technology. Packaging material accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. The sub-sector recorded 187 deals in 2020.

What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector?

In 2021, the biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector include the Internet of Things, direct-to-consumer, blockchain, circular plastics economy, gen Z, city growth engines, COVID-19, and emerging economies. ESG, e-commerce, and digitalization are the top 3 themes that are driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector.

Which are the key players driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector?

In 2021, the key players that are driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector include Silgan, Smurfit kappa, Mega first corporation, Good natured Products, Eller axis, constantia flexibles group, KPS capital, Macfarlane group, Shindaeyang paper, Mondi, Stenta Films, Ex-tech plastics, and Can-one berhad.

Global M&A deals in the packaging sector, by key players

Global M&A deals in the packaging sector, by key players

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Market Report Scope

Deal Value (2020) $15.6 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China.
Key themes Direct-to-consumer, blockchain, circular plastics economy, gen Z, city growth engines, COVID-19, and emerging economies, ESG, e-commerce, and digitalization.
Key sub-sectors Packaging material, specialized packaging, packaging sundries, packaging services and packaging technology.
Key players Silgan, Smurfit kappa, Mega first corporation, Good natured Products, Eller axis, constantia flexibles group, KPS capital, Macfarlane group, Shindaeyang paper, Mondi, Stenta Films, Ex-tech plastics, and Can-one berhad.

 Scope

  • This report provides an overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in packaging sector.
  • It identifies the themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the pharma sector.

Key Highlights

M&A deal volume in global packaging sector grew by 31% from 355 in 2020 to 465 in 2021. In terms of deal value, 2021 saw deals worth $16.2 billion compared to $15.6 billion in the previous year, recording a growth of 3.7%. There were four billion-dollar-plus M&A deals in the packaging sector in 2021, compared to 13 in 2017.

Reasons to Buy

  • Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories; those who miss the big themes end up as failures. If you want to understand the themes that drive an industry, simply look at the list of recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • In this report we have listed down the most notable deals in packaging sector to make it easy for our clients to get a view of themes disrupting the sector and prepare for the future.

Key Players

Silgan

Smurfit Kappa

Mega First Corporation

good natured Products

Eller Axis

Constantia Flexibles Group

KPS Capital

Macfarlane Group

Shindaeyang Paper

Mondi

STENTA FILMS

Ex-Tech Plastics

Can-One Berhad

Propak Ambalaj Uretim ve Pazarlama

Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging

GWP Holdings

Daeyang Paper

Olmuksan

BillerudKorsnas

Ardagh Group

Toppan

Silgan Holdings

Pactiv Evergreen

Huhtamaki

Smurfit Kappa Group

P. H. Glatfelter

Rimini BidCo

Reno de Medici

Nestle Health Science

Graphic Packaging

Chequers Capital

KPS Capital Partners

GIC

Neenah

Ardagh Metal Packaging

Apollo Global

Verso

Consol Holdings

Max Speciality Films

Unicep Packaging

Gateway Plastics

Fabri-Kal

Elif

Verzuolo

Jacob Holm & Sonner

Fineska

AR Packaging Group

The Bountiful Co.

Americraft Carton

Alliance Etiquettes

Crown Holdings

Altium Packaging

Global Release Liners

Gores

Showa Denko

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector in 2021 include North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China.

 

 

 

 

The biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector include direct-to-consumer, blockchain, circular plastics economy, gen Z, city growth engines, COVID-19, and emerging economies, ESG, e-commerce, and digitalization.

The key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the packaging sector are packaging material, specialized packaging, packaging sundries, packaging services and packaging technology.

The key players that are driving global M&A deals in the packaging sector include Silgan, Smurfit kappa, Mega first corporation, Good natured Products, Eller axis, constantia flexibles group, KPS capital, Macfarlane group, Shindaeyang paper, Mondi, Stenta Films, Ex-tech plastics, and Can-one berhad.

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