The Sidel Group has acquired Makro Labelling in pursuit of new labelling technologies that will expand its reach in key market segments and facilitate international development for Makro Labelling Srl.

Sidel’s labelling technologies reach speeds of 90,000 containers per hour, the company says, and are integrated into its complete lines and Super Combi series. Meanwhile, Makro Labelling’s machines are reportedly able to label up to five items per bottle with both cold and hot glue, as well as self-adhesive and combination versions.

With both companies having an established presence in Mantova, Italy, the acquisition is hoped to be of mutual benefit, as well as improving customer experience.

“We are excited to be able to offer enriched labelling expertise and even greater flexibility to our customers, strengthening our position in labelling solutions and broadening our reach in dynamic markets such as wine, spirits, food, home and personal care,” said Monica Gimre, CEO and president at Sidel. “We will capitalize on the success already reached by Makro Labelling built on expertise, innovation and operational agility.

“The low and medium-speed modular labelling machines made by Makro will complement our leading higher-speed technologies that are manufactured in our factory in Mantova, Italy and integrated into Sidel’s packaging lines. We extend a very warm welcome to all Makro Labelling employees now joining the Sidel Group.”

“Joining forces with Sidel is an opportunity for further development and growth for Makro Labelling,” added Simone Marcantoni, managing director at Makro Labelling. “After the acquisition, Makro will maintain its full autonomy as a unit of the Sidel Group and will continue to operate independently from its current headquarters.

“At the same time, we will be able to leverage and develop interesting synergies, exchange best practices, and offer an even richer experience for our employees and a broader portfolio to our customers. We are excited to embark on this new chapter of our adventure.”

Amcor’s recent acquisition of Shanghai-based medical device packaging provider MDK also sought to expand the company’s portfolio on the Chinese market.

Other developments in the area of labelling technologies include Clearmark’s Overprinting Watchstrap Labeller system for net and weave packaging applications, developed to prevent damage to the bands during the application process; and a collaboration between UPM Raflatac and Logopak to develop a robust linerless solution, reportedly the first in print and apply labelling.