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Constantia Flexibles appoints new EVP of Pharma and acquires Australia's Pemara Labels Group

Pierre-Henri Bruchon was appointed Executive Vice President of Pharma Division and the company acquired Pemara Labels Group of Australia.

Pierre-Henri Bruchon
Pierre-Henri Bruchon

The supervisory board of Constantia Flexibles Group has decided to appoint Pierre-Henri Bruchon, 53, Head of the company’s Pharma division, effective January 1, 2016. As Executive Vice President (EVP) of Pharma, Bruchon will become member of the Executive Committee of Constantia Flexibles, reporting to CEO Alexander Baumgartner.

Bruchon, currently Senior Vice President Sales Pharma (SVP), will succeed Walter Ometto, who is stepping down from his position as Head of the Pharma division, as planned. He has held this role since June 2012.

“We are delighted that Pierre-Henri will take on this new role, thus providing business continuity,” says Alexander Baumgartner. “We would like to thank Walter for his dedication and professional work in the past.”

Pierre-Henri Bruchon studied at L'Université Paris Descartes and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In the last four years, Bruchon has held the position of SVP Sales Pharma for Constantia Flexibles, being responsible for the Pharma division’s Sales and Product Management activities, as well as the respective market strategy. Before joining Constantia Flexibles as Sales Director Pharma in July 2003, Bruchon worked for different packaging companies such as VAW Flexibles, AC Folien, and Plastohm GmbH.

Constantia Flexibles’ Pharma division achieved sales of about 275 million euro in 2014 and has about 1,000 employees. The division specializes in the production of coldform foils, blister lidding foils and laminates for pharmaceutical and Home and Personal Care (HPC) applications. It has six production plants in Europe.

In addition, Constantia Flexibles Group continues to strengthen its position in the Southeast Asia labels market by acquiring the Australian company Pemara Labels Group. The parties agreed not to disclose any financial details and the transaction is expected to close in the next few months.

Melbourne-based Pemara was founded in 1966 and produces self-adhesive labels (pressure-sensitive labels), in-mold labels and Fix-a-Form TM leaflet-labels. It is also a leader in digital print solutions. Pemara supplies to leading national and multinational companies from the fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceutical, as well as food and beverage sectors across the Asia Pacific region.

”With its excellent managerial experience, leading technology and more than 20 years of experience in Asia, Pemara is a great addition to Constantia Flexibles,” says Mike Henry, Executive Vice President and Head of the company’s Labels division. “We can expand our regional footprint and thus support our multinational customers with their global expansion. In addition, we increase our position in the home and personal care market.”

Privately owned Pemara achieved sales of approximately 30 million euros in the financial year ended June 2015 and currently employs more than 300 employees. It operates four plants in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, along with sales offices in Sydney and Manila.

“Pemara is delighted to be joining Constantia Flexibles. We have been searching for a strong global partner, and believe we have found a great match with Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division,” says Andrew McNamara, Group Managing Director of Pemara. “We are particularly pleased that the staff and management are continuing with the business to become part of this global packaging group. We see a stronger future, when considering the many synergies we will realize with Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division.”

Constantia Flexibles Labels Division is the world’s fourth largest label manufacturer supplying the food, beverage and personal care industries. The Labels Division has annual revenues of more than 500 million euros and supplies over 1,000 global customers, including multinational corporations and local market leaders. It operates nineteen production facilities on four continents and has over 2,000 employees focused on providing innovative labeling solutions. Pemara is Constantia Flexibles’ second acquisition in 2015 following the acquisition of Afripack in South Africa, which is expected to close in the coming weeks.

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