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Controlling stake in Schoeller Arca Systems sold to One Equity Partners

Schoeller Arca Systems announced that Stirling Square Capital Partners, a pan-European private equity firm, has closed the transaction to sell its controlling stake in Schoeller Arca Systems to One Equity Partners at an enterprise value of € 420 million. The founding family Schoeller and management will keep a substantial stake.

Schoeller Arca Systems is the global market leader in rigid plastic packaging systems for materials handling. Headquartered in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands, the company manufactures a broad range of plastic materials-handling solutions including foldable large containers, intermediate bulk containers, large boxes, pallets, crates and trays for beverages, returnable plastic containers and UN certified pails.

In August 2003 Stirling Square acquired a controlling stake in Schoeller Wavin Systems from the Schoeller family, who had founded the original business. Schoeller Arca Systems was created after Schoeller Wavin acquired the Swedish company Arca Systems in February 2005. During the past four years Stirling Square, the management team and the Schoeller family have worked together to invest in new production technology, reconfigure the manufacturing footprint, develop new products, penetrate new markets and divest non-core divisions, thereby transforming the company into a focused global leader. As a result, revenues have increased from € 165 million in 2002 to € 460 million during 2007 and the number of employees from 763 at the end of 2002 to 1,416 today.

René Wolfkamp, CEO of Schoeller Arca Systems, said: “This is a great deal for the company and everybody involved. It marks the completion of a successful four years under Stirling Square’s ownership, during which the business has been significantly transformed for the better. Together with One Equity Partners and the Schoeller family, we are excited to embark on the next phase of industry consolidation”

For further information contact:
Citigate First Financial
Edi Cohen +31-20-5754017
Schoeller Arca Systems
Mr. René Wolfkamp - CEO
+31 529 459 052

About Schoeller Arca Systems
Schoeller Arca Systems is the global market leader in plastic packaging solutions for materials handling, offering a broad range of products which improve its customers’ logistics and/or enhance their product branding. Combining a global presence with local partnerships in over 50 countries, it provides reliable, high quality plastic packaging systems and services to a diverse range of industries including beverages, automotive, agriculture, retail and postal services.