From mergers and acquisitions to plain tobacco packaging and the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags – 2015 was certainly an eventful year. Packaging News asked Barry Sheehan, Associate Director at Livingstone, and a number of other industry experts their view on the highlights of 2015.
“The trend of market consolidation continued to characterise the UK packaging sector in 2015 as strategic acquirers remained committed to M&A as a means to increase market share and achieve scale as well as acquire technical know-how. Reacting to changing consumer/market trends is often the root of success for mid-market packaging companies, many of whom have carved out profitable niches in their chosen market segments. Acquiring this technical capability remained a key driver underpinning M&A activity.” Barry Sheehan, Associate Director – Livingstone
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