Antalis has acquired the assets of Dublin-based independent paper merchant, Swan Paper. The deal looks to further strengthen Antalis’ presence in Ireland where it currently has an annual turnover in excess of €40m and employs 32 people from its Dublin head office.
Antalis will retain the Swan brand, creating a new Swan Paper division which will be headed up by Swan’s Brian McArdle. He will report into Eoin Heagney, Managing Director of Antalis Ireland. The business will continue to operate from its base in Baldoyle, Dublin and all 13 current employees will transfer over to Antalis.
Swan Paper celebrated its 40th year in 2016 under the leadership of CEO Tony Swan. He said, “I am incredibly proud to have built the business into the company it is today, but feel it is now time to take a step back from day-to-day operations. The next chapter in the Swan story is incredibly important to me and I believe that Antalis is the right business partner to take the company forward. Antalis’ approach to its people, product offering and customers are all very similar to our own.
Eoin Heagney, Managing Director of Antalis Ireland added, “this is an incredibly exciting development for Antalis which will see us significantly increase the size of our business in Ireland. The team at Swan has in-depth expertise, and a genuine entrepreneurial culture. Everyone involved is looking forward to bringing together our two businesses to offer an unrivalled product range and service to our customers.”
Antalis has also been busy commissioning 81 new trucks in a £5m investment which will modernise its 160-strong fleet.
The new DAF Euro VI curtain-sided vehicles will be manufactured at the Leyland plant in Lancashire and will be contract hired as part of a seven-year deal with commercial fleet services partner Fraikin. The vehicles, which will all feature brand new livery, offer the very latest technology for improved driver comfort and safety and lower CO2 emissions.