One of the country's longest standing packaging companies begins an exciting new chapter in its fascinating story this summer when Johnsen & Jorgensen, the UK-based division of Pont Europe, is formally relaunched as Pont Packaging.
The company first merged with Pont Europe in 2011 and has latterly traded in the UK as J&J Pont Packaging. It was, however, first established in 1884 by two young Norwegians who began importing an unlikely combination of bottles and polar bear skins into London. Since then the company has remained true to that tradition of product diversity, growing into one of the UK's leading container packaging specialists.
Today, the business continues to source an extensive portfolio of packaging products across a range of key markets including food and drink, personal care and pharmaceutical and the industrial and chemicals sector. Its ability to anticipate and quickly adapt to market demand has not just sustained it through the difficult economic conditions of recent times but has been its blueprint for success for well over a century.
Moreover, the company now believes this position has been further reinforced by its merger with Pont Europe. Operating internationally from facilities in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, Pont is itself the leading pan-European distributor of glass and plastic jars, bottles, closures and accessories, focusing on the same core markets as well as specific emphasis on the vitamins and mineral supplements (VMS) sector.
Johnsen & Jorgensen Relaunched as Pont Packaging
Pont Europe's marketing manager, Ulric Lonfils commented: "Since the merger between the two companies the relationship has flourished over the past couple of years and this summer's re-brand is a logical extension of that, bringing the UK division in line with the rest of Pont's European offices."
The company's UK offices in Dartford, Manchester and Glasgow will be unaffected by the change, other than to benefit from Pont's own design and sourcing capabilities which enable it to provide an extensive range of patented bespoke container moulds to satisfy customers' specific packaging requirements.
Pont owns and is prepared to invest in moulds across its global network of manufacturing partners. This, together with multi-warehousing capacities, enables it to develop and store extensive stocks of packaging products, improving cost-efficiencies and ensuring security of supply and rapid, on-time delivery Europe-wide.
Commercial director, Kirsty Garfin is excited about the company's future: "130 years in business is a fantastic landmark for any company and, throughout our three UK offices, pride in our packaging heritage and pedigree will, I'm sure, be carried into the new Pont business.
"As a team, one of our key strengths has always been the ability to identify and develop new marketing opportunities and source bespoke solutions. Moving forward we will build on this success with the enhanced sourcing and logistical processes that come with being part of a pan-European group," said Kirsty.
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