May 16, 2020

WestRock purchases KapStone for $4.9bn

KapStone
WestRock
US
Manufacturing
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
The American packaging manufacturer, WestRock, has purchased US-based paper mill company, KapStone, for around $4.9bn.
The American packaging manufacturer, WestRock, has purchased US-based paper mill company, KapStone, for around $4.9bn, FoodBev Media reports.

The acqui...

The American packaging manufacturer, WestRock, has purchased US-based paper mill company, KapStone, for around $4.9bn, FoodBev Media reports.

The acquisition will see Kapstone’s Kraftpak line and e-commerce delivery clients like Graze join WestRock’s corrugated packaging division.

WestRock has agreed to buy all shares in KapStone for $35 per share and it is thought that deal will provide $200mn in cost savings by 2021.

The move will significantly increase operations in the west of the US and expand the number of differentiated paper and packaging solutions.

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 “I am pleased that we have completed the acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging, and I welcome our new teammates to WestRock,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock.”

“The addition of KapStone enhances our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions and will enable us to serve our customers better across our system. We look forward to delivering on the opportunities that the addition of KapStone provides for our team, our customers and our stockholders.”

The company employs approximately 6,400 people and has four paper mills, 22 production facilities and over 60 distribution centres across North America.

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May 11, 2021

Four Factory of the Future Market Trends to Keep an Eye on

AI
Automation
DigitalFactory
SmartManufacturing
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Factory of the Future | Smart Manufacturing | Technology | Digital Factory | Digital Transformation | Innovation
Manufacturing Global looks takes a look at the latest market trends in smart manufacturing, industrial automation, smart factory and AI...

Global Smart Manufacturing Market

Attributed to the rapid growth in the adoption of automated systems in industrial processes, the global smart manufacturing market is predicted to grow from US$$175bn (2020) to US$303bn by 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% between 2019 and 2026.

While COVID-19 has somewhat slowed down the market’s growth, it is expected that by the second to third quarter of 2023 there will be a ‘considerable’ rise in growth for the market. 

Key players in the industry: Schneider Electric, General Electric, Siemens, Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Automation Inc., FANUC Corporation, and Emerson Electric Co. 

Industrial Automation Market

Making people’s lives easier, and their work more accurate and effective, the global demand for automated technologies such as robotics - especially in science and technology - is driving its increase in global market value.

By 2027, the global industrial automation market is expected to reach US$326.14bn by 2027, with a CAGR of 8.9% between 2020 and 2027.

Key players in the industry: ABB, Siemens, General Electric, Schneider, Endress+Hauser, Yokogawa, Honeywell, WIKA, Azbil, Fuji Electric, 3D Systems, and HP.

Smart Factory Market

Expected to grow from US$80.1bn (2021) to US$134.9bn by 2026, the smart factory market - with a CAGR of 11% between 2021 and 2026 - is experiencing growth driven by fiscal policies adopted to keep manufacturing facilities afloat during COVID-19. 

Other driving factors include resource optimisation, cost reduction in production operations, increased demand for industrial robotics, rising demand for technologies, and the growing significance of energy efficiency. 

Key players in the industry: Emerson Electric Co., General Electric, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Schneider Electric SE, ABB Ltd., Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Honeywell International Inc., Endress+Hauser AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corp.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Manufacturing Market

“It is undeniable that the manufacturing industry is at the forefront of artificial intelligence implementation,” says Analytics Insights. “Manufacturers are using AI-powered analytics to increase performance, product quality, and employee protection, from substantial reductions in unplanned downtime to better crafted goods.”

As manufacturers look to realise the potential benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in their processes, it is predicted that the AI in manufacturing market will grow to US$11bn by 2025 with a CAGR of 54.6%.

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