Nampak's history

1920s

Cardboard boxes made in South Africa by various entrepreneurs.

1930s

Metal Box incorporated in South Africa.

1940s

Amalgamated Packaging Industries (API) was one of South Africa's leading packaging companies.
Metal Box South Africa listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

1950s

Metal Box and other packaging companies grew organically.

1960s

National Containers and National Packaging were major packaging companies.
Nampak (National Amalgamated Packaging) formed through acquisitions in 1968, and listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1969.

1970s

Nampak bought by Reed Corp and sold to Barlow Rand.

1980s

Nampak acquired 51% of Metal Box in 1983 and 100% in 1988.

1990s

Expanded into UK through acquisition of BlowMocan.
Expanded into Europe through acquisition of Plysu Plc.
Acquired Crown Cork South Africa.

2002 

Acquired Crown Cork's operations in Anglophone Africa.
Acquired Malbak Ltd.

2005 

Joint venture with Wiegand Glass entered into.

2006 

10% of Nampak shares sold in BEE transaction.

2007 

Nigeria Cartons and Labels established.

2011 

Angola first beverage can plant opens.
Acquired minority shareholdings in Nigeria Metals and Malawi operation (PIM)

2012 

Acquired the remaining 50% shareholding in Nampak Wiegand Glass from Wiegand Glass.
Acquired remaining 50% of Elopak SA

2013 

Acquired remaining shares in Packaging Industries Malawi.
First aluminium beverage can line commissioned at Bevcan Springs in South Africa.

2014 

Alucan (Nampak Bevcan Nigeria) acquisition in Nigeria successfully concluded.
Nigeria plastic closures line for still water and carbonated soft drinks is commissioned.
Nampak Cartons and Labels division sold.
Third furnace at glass commissioned.
Purchased the remaining 51% interest in Bullpak Ltd in Kenya.

2015 

Tissue, corrugated and sacks divisions sold.
Flexible sold.
Recycling sold.
Sold 50% shareholding in Sancella SA (Pty) Ltd.