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Amcor has come a long way to become one of the world's top global packaging companies. To learn more about Amcor's story, download the pdf.

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's Changing Global Face

World-renowned innovation and customer service has seen Amcor expand from its Australian heritage to now serve markets around the globe. Profitable organic growth and strategic acquisitions and divestments continue to build change the face of Amcor and reinforce our global leadership position in packaging innovation.

Divestments Year Acquisitions
John Sands Greeting Cards Group
Leigh-Mardon Printing Business
1995 Rentsch Folding Cartons – Switzerland
Corrugated packaging business Europe 1996 European Flexibles Business (UCB)
 Paper Mill in USA 1997
Leigh Mardon Flexibles Australia
Australian Rigid Plastics
Sawmilling Business
ClosedPulp Mill
1998  Leaderpak
Envelope Business Australia
European Box Business
2000 Injepet USA
Stevens Flexible Packaging USA
Albertazzi Films
Smutfitt Tobacco Europe
Paper Group Demerger 2001 Brazilian PET Acquisition
Expansion of Sunclipse in USA
Expansion of Amcor Rentsch, Poly Laupen
Expansion of Amcor Asia – China Flexibles
Kimberley Clark Australia (5%)
2002 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
Kimberley Clark Australia (remaining 45%)
2003 PET and Closures Businesses of Schmalbach-Lubeca
Amcor Flexibles Expansion – Rexam Food Flexibles, Tobepal/Tobefil Spain
Amcor Sunclipse Expansion – Malow Corp, Brick Container
  2004 Expansion Amcor PET – Alcoa, Latin America; Arca, Mexico
Expansion Amcor Flexibles – Rexam Healthcare Flexibles
  2005 Expansion of China tobacco packaging via share in Vision Grande Group Holdings
Amcor White Cap  2006 Vision Grande (46%)
Australasian food can and aerosol business
PET Packaging Europe
Tobepal 2010 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
Amcor Glass Tubing 2011 Marfred Industries acquisition
  2012 Aluprint plant acquisition

Wayne Richardson Sales acquisition

Aperio Group acquisition

Amcor Australasia and Packaging Distribution demerger 2013 AGI-Shorewood’s Tobacco Packaging acquisition

Jiangsu Shenda Group flexible packaging acquisition

Detmold Flexibles acquisition

Aluprint plant acquisition

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