Mauser Group, Maker of Rigid Packaging, Considers U.S. IPO

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Mauser Group, Maker of Rigid Packaging, Considers U.S. IPO

A recent article at Plastics News revealed that Germany-based Mauser Group, a rigid packaging manufacturer, is considering an IPO (initial public offer) in the U.S. Mauser was purchased by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC under two years ago, and while few details of filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission have been provided, Mauser did say in a filing last week that one reason for the IPO was to reduce debt and for general corporate purposes. In the filings, Mauser claims to have increased sales by 8 1/2 percent in 2014 over 2013, with sales of about $1.5 billion in 2014. The rigid packaging maker also said in the IPO filings that the company holds first or second position in its markets, and expects the market to increase at about 4 percent each year through 2020. Mauser refers to its business model as one of "lifecycle management," and they sell fiber, plastic, and metal drums along with IBCs, or intermediate bulk containers. The company also reconditions used plastic drums. Over the last 20 years the reconditioning of products and IBC sales have increased more than 20 percent, according to the company. Some of Mauser's blue chip companies include ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, and BASF. With 98 factories in 18 countries, the company employs more than 4,400 people. As a global leader in industrial coding and marking systems, Markem-Imaje provides printing solutions for many markets involving a wide array of substrates including rigid plastic, flexible packaging, liquid cartons, paper-based containers and more. Clear, indelible printing of ingredients, barcodes, logs, batch numbers, best-before dates, 2D codes and more is what manufacturers can expect with our cost-effective, reliable printing solutions.

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