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Our aspiration is to be the undisputed leader in the global packaging industry. Today, we employ more than 35,000 people worldwide, and operate in 40-plus countries at 200 sites, but our story began over 150 years ago in Melbourne, Australia.

1860s Australian Heritage

Amcor's history dates back to the 1860s when Samuel Ramsden, a young stone mason from Yorkshire, arrived in Australia with his bride to seek his fortune in a new land. He established Victoria's first paper mill on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne.

For most of its life the company was known as APM - Australian Paper Manufacturers and its products even then touched the daily lives of all Australians.

The pictures above are, from left to right:

  • Samuel Ramsden, Founder of the company.
  • Botany Paper Mill, Circa 1900.
  • Amcor was the first company to collect paper for recycling with a horse and cart.
  • The former Australian Paper Manufacturer's logo and letterhead.

In the 1970s and 1980s the company added a range of diverse packaging interests to its traditional papermaking activities. This was achieved through creating new business partnerships and making strategic acquisitions in order to expand and diversify the company’s activities. With the focus gradually changing and as the company moved towards the future, the company name did not quite fit with the new focus of this young, energetic Australian company. It was decided that the company name should be changed.

On May 1, 1986 APM became Amcor Limited, a name that has become increasingly well known throughout the world for its packaging innovation and its global reach.

Amcor - a Global Leader in Packaging

Today, Amcor deploys its global packaging expertise and knowledge of customer packing and supply chains to produce packaging that is more functional, appealing, and cost effective for customers and their consumers, and more sustainable for the environment. Amcor continues to focus on value - creating acquisitions that expand our presence in emerging markets, improve the industry structure (primarily in developed markets), and add new technologies so that we can capture further value.







Sonoco Blow Molding

Hebei Qite Packaging



Nampak Flexibles

Souza Cruz in-house packaging

Packaging India Private Limited


Deluxe Packages

BPI China


Plastic Moulders Ltd



Bella Prima

Zhongshan TianCai



Jiangsu Shenda Group

Parry Enterprises India


Amcor Australasia and Packaging Distribution demerger


AGI-Shorewood’s Tobacco Packaging acquisition

Jiangsu Shenda Group flexible packaging acquisition

Detmold Flexibles acquisition

Aluprint plant acquisition



Aluprint plant acquisition
Wayne Richardson Sales acquisition
Aperio Group acquisition

Amcor Glass Tubing


Marfred Industries acquisition



Parts of Alcan Packaging from Rio Tinto, including the Global Pharmaceutical, Food Europe, Food Asia and Global Tobacco businesses

Ball Plastics Packaging Americas

B-Pack Due - a cast polypropylene (CPP) film manufacturer based in Italy

Techni-Chem acquisition

CHH Smithfield acquisition

Australasian food can and aerosol business
PET Packaging Europe



Amcor White Cap 


Vision Grande (46%)



Expansion of China tobacco packaging via share in Vision Grande Group Holdings



Expansion Amcor PET – Alcoa, Latin America; Arca, Mexico
Expansion Amcor Flexibles – Rexam Healthcare Flexibles

Kimberley Clark Australia (remaining 45%)


PET and Closures Businesses of Schmalbach-Lubeca
Amcor Flexibles Expansion – Rexam Food Flexibles, Tobepal/Tobefil Spain
Amcor Sunclipse Expansion – Malow Corp, Brick Container

Kimberley Clark Australia (5%)


PET USA Expansion – CNC Containers, PET Pack Containers
Three way Flexibles Merger with Danisco Akerlund & Rausing
Bericap North America JV
Sunclipse Expansion – Sirod, Vanguard Packaging, Apollo Paper

Paper Group Demerger


Brazilian PET Acquisition
Expansion of Sunclipse in USA
Expansion of Amcor Rentsch, Poly Laupen
Expansion of Amcor Asia – China Flexibles

Envelope Business Australia
European Box Business


Injepet USA
Stevens Flexible Packaging USA
Albertazzi Films
Smutfitt Tobacco Europe

Leigh Mardon Flexibles Australia
Australian Rigid Plastics
Sawmilling Business
ClosedPulp Mill



 Paper Mill in USA



Corrugated packaging business Europe


European Flexibles Business (UCB)

John Sands Greeting Cards Group
Leigh-Mardon Printing Business


Rentsch Folding Cartons – Switzerland

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