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Group History

Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in April 2000 after demerging from Amcor, antecedents of PaperlinX have distributed paper in Europe since the 1600s.

Over the last decade PaperlinX has undergone a period of rapid and significant change. In January 2001, PaperlinX acquired Australian listed paper distributor Spicers Paper providing a platform for international growth in fine paper merchanting, with businesses in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Asia.

This was followed by the acquisitions of Canadian paper merchants Coast Paper in May 2001 and Papier Turgeon in April 2002 to add complete Canadian coverage to our strong US West Coast position.

In July 2002 the acquisition of Bunzl Fine Paper, later renamed The Paper Company, provided an important strategic footprint into the UK market.

The November 2003 acquisition of Buhrmann's paper merchanting division, renamed PaperlinX Europe, strengthened PaperlinX's European customer base and established PaperlinX's paper merchanting business as a world wide merchant platform.

August 2005 saw PaperlinX announce the Maryvale Kraft Pulp Capacity upgrade that was completed in 2008 in Australia. In March 2006 PaperlinX acquired another Canadian paper distributor, Cascades Merchanting (now Spicers Canada) to build value in North America.

In May 2007, PaperlinX completed two simultaneous transactions in Europe, the purchase of Antalis S.p.A in Italy and the sale of Axelium SAS in France.

In June 2009, PaperlinX sold its manufacturing business, Australian Paper, to Nippon Paper Group Inc of Japan. The Wesley Vale and Burnie Mills in Tasmania were retained by PaperlinX and formed a new company, Tas Paper.

In December 2009, PaperlinX announced that, following a review of Tas Paper, it would be closing the Wesley Vale mill and part of the operations at Burnie. This was successfully completed in March 2010.

In April 2010, PaperlinX announced the closure of the Burnie Mill in Tasmania. This was completed in June 2010. This made PaperlinX solely a merchanting company, with businesses distributing paper, sign and display, graphics material and industrial packaging to a wide range of customers internationally.

In June 2012, PaperlinX sold businesses in the US and Italy.  In July, PaperlinX announced the sale of businesses in Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa.The sale of the business in South Africa was completed in September 2012.


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