Sonoco Expands Operations in Brazil

South Carolina-based Sonoco recently reported that it will expand its flexible packaging service operations with the acquisition of Inapel Embalagens Ltda. in Brazil.

Inapel operates two facilities in São Paulo with approximately 500 employees companywide. Production capabilities include rotogravure printing, adhesive and extrusion laminations, specialty coatings, cold seal, pouching, and cylinder engraving.

Inapel will add to Sonoco’s existing flexible packaging operation in Brazil.

“The Sonoco Graffo site has been a top producer of high-quality rotogravure printing and sophisticated lamination for eight years and is one of the largest converters of foil-based flexibles packaging,” the company said in a news release.

Russell Grissett, president of Sonoco Global Flexibles, says the previous Inapel owners, Rodrigo Alvarez and Monica Saniotto, will continue working as strategic members of Sonoco’s leadership team. Sonoco Flexibles Managing Director Eduardo Nunes will extend his regional leadership duties to the São Paulo locations with support from Alvarez and Saniotto.

Founded in 1899, Sonoco provides consumer and industrial packaging products. With net sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2022, the company has approximately 22,000 employees working in more than 310 operations worldwide.