Spicers NZ has acquired Palmerston North based UPL (Universal Packaging Limited).

Established in 1985, UPL supplies pallet wrapping film, machinery, application and optimisation. Owners Matthew and Jed Goudie, and Matthew Goddin, will remain in the business. UPL will continue to operate independently.

Morgan John, general manager of Spicers NZ, says, “We are delighted to announce this news. UPL joins our wider New Zealand business including Spicers NZ and Total Supply. The investment makes good on our plans to invest in our paper, sign and display and industrial packaging businesses.

“Alongside our historical position in paper, we have grown our sign and display business to be a market leader via Total Supply. Also, this includes the Sign Technology and Blueprint acquisitions over the last seven years.”

Industrial Packaging is a key focus and has been a growth area for Spicers NZ in recent years. John says, “With UPL joining us we collectively have a greater offering of packaging products for our customers. As a result, we now have a footprint in Palmerston North to offer our customers in the wider region all products in our New Zealand stable.

“It is simply business as usual for our customers and suppliers. We expect Spicers NZ and UPL can bring operational benefits to our customers in the short term. Also, we will broaden each other’s product offering by sharing portfolios for our customers’ benefit. Over the next six months, we will forge further plans on how the businesses work closer together.”

John concludes, “We welcome Matthew, Jed and Matthew and the entire team at UPL to Spicers.”

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