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11 October 2018

Kolbus accelerates move into packaging and finds perfect match in AutoBox

Kolbus Group have acquired all shares in Autobox Machinery Ltd, for an undisclosed price. Autobox Group, with its main operating company British Converting Solutions Ltd (BCS) based in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, UK, is a leading manufacturer of corrugated box making, printing and gluing machines. BCS-Autobox develops cutting edge technology for the specialist short run box market. With more than 80% of production going into export market, the company has enjoyed world-wide success. This was recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016.

For Kolbus, this acquisition completes the group’s re-orientation from industrial bookbinding systems, where it was world market leader, towards manufacturing equipment for specialist, paper-based rigid packaging.

Former majority owning shareholder Barry Tabor will continue to lead the company and its more than 50 members of staff as Managing Director. Together with its satellite assembly plant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, BCS-Autobox will become part of Kolbus’ corrugated technology division, which also operates a factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.

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