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AptarGroup Reports Record Quarterly Net Income and Earnings Per S...

Crystal Lake, Illinois, July 28, 2016 — AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) today announced record quarterly net income and earnings per share. The Company also announced that it is expanding its Congers, New York facility to include elastomer component capacity for the U.S. injectables market.

Second Quarter 2016 Summary

  • Reported sales increased 4% to $620 million
  • Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a negative impact of 2% on the sales growth
  • Recently acquired Mega Airless contributed approximately $18 million or 3% of the sales growth and approximately $0.02 per share to reported earnings per share
  • Reported earnings per share rose to a quarterly record of $0.91 compared to $0.90 reported in the prior year
  • Excluding the effects of a change to the FIFO inventory valuation method ($0.08 per share), and adjusting to a comparable foreign currency environment ($0.01), prior year adjusted earnings per share were $0.81
  • Operating margins were strong across each business segment
  • Reported pre-tax earnings of $84 million were approximately 14% of net sales
  • EBITDA of $133 million was approximately 22% of net sales

Download the full press release.

July 28, 2016

AptarGroup Declares Quarterly Dividend; CEO Stephen Hagge to Reti...

The Board of Directors of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The payment date is August 17, 2016, to stockholders of record as of July 27, 2016.

Also, after 35 years of service with AptarGroup, President and CEO, Stephen Hagge has informed the Board of Directors that he plans to retire at the end of the year. Mr. Hagge intends to continue to serve as a director of AptarGroup. The Board is conducting a formal evaluation of internal and external candidates before naming a successor.

Hagge commented, “It’s not an easy decision to retire from such a great company like Aptar. I’ll be 65 at the end of the year, I have good health, and I’m happy to be moving on to the next phase of my life where I can spend more time with my family. It’s been a tremendously exciting and rewarding career and I am very fortunate to have been a part of the stellar long-term performance of this organization. We have a very talented and experienced management team and an exceptionally dedicated global workforce. I expect a smooth transition once a successor has been named by the Board. I have no doubt that Aptar will continue to lead the industry in dispensing and sealing solutions for many years to come. I plan to continue to serve on our Board and I look forward to contributing to our future success.”

Board Chairman, King Harris, said, “Steve has been an integral part of our senior leadership team for over three decades. Under his guidance as CEO, Aptar completed two of the largest acquisitions in our history and the Company achieved record annual sales and earnings per share. We are grateful for his leadership and dedication over the many years which helped make Aptar the leader in our industry.”

Harris concluded, “The Board is very confident that our experienced senior management team will ensure a smooth and successful transition for the new CEO. We are conducting a thorough evaluation of internal and external candidates and expect to announce a successor soon.”

As previously announced, AptarGroup will hold a conference call on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the Company’s second quarter results for 2016. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed for a limited time on the Investor Relations page of the website.

Download the press release.

July 13, 2016

IoPP Honors Aptar with 2016 AmeriStar Packaging Award

Aptar Wins Second Industry Award for Daisy Brand Squeeze-Flexible Sour Cream Pouch Closure

Less than two weeks after Aptar Food + Beverage took home an award for its innovative flip-top closure for Daisy Brand Squeeze-Flexible Sour Cream pouch, it can now add a second award to the trophy case.

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) awarded its AmeriStar refrigerated food award to Aptar late last month.

“We are excited to receive a second award for this innovation. The AmeriStar award showcases our company’s dedication to providing value-added convenience to the consumer packaged goods community,” said Alan Sica, President, Aptar Global Market Development – Food.

“Due to our pioneering spirit, we are always looking to bring our new, customizable, premium closure technology – like the Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream pouch, with Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze® valve – to additional markets.”

The AmeriStar awards’ criteria are based on sustainability, product protection, economics, package performance, marketing and packaging innovation.

“The flip top closure (on the Daisy Brand sour cream pouch) features a valve that prevents messy drips and spills, enabling consumers to confidently dispense sour cream,” said Jim George, IoPP’s Director of Education. “And, this package had kitchen cleanup in mind as well. The dispensing spout and valve means there is no longer a need for the additional step of dirtying utensils.”

Daisy Brand looked to Aptar for a customizable closure based on consumer packaged goods’ (CPG) consumer research, calling for a change in package design, functionality and shelf differentiation. Film laminate provider (Sonoco) and design and development partner (Continuum) contributed to this packaging innovation.

Aptar’s custom-made, ring-pull fitment and SimpliSqueeze valve were created to meet Daisy Brand’s stringent product freshness and dispensing requirements.

Aptar’s self-sealing membrane valve closure allows consumers to dispense desired product amounts, preventing drips and spills, and providing consumer convenience, cleanliness and control. KraftHeinz and Hidden Valley were some of Aptar’s first entries into the inverted rigid packaging markets.

Second Aptar Valve Technology Award

Last month Aptar took home a DuPont Diamond Finalist Award for the Daisy Brand Squeeze-Flexible sour cream pouch and flip-top closure at the 2016 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. One of six finalists for the premier DuPont Packaging Diamond award, Aptar’s closure was recognized as providing a technological advancement, responsible packaging and an enhanced user experience.

For more information, please send an email to newsroom@aptar.com.

Aptar Takes Home DuPont Packaging Innovation Award

Diamond Finalist Award for Daisy Squeeze-Flexible Pouch with Flip-Top Closure

Aptar Food + Beverage is excited to announce its DuPont Diamond Finalist Award for packaging innovation for the new Daisy Brand Squeeze-Flexible Sour Cream Pouch featuring Aptar’s flip-top closure.

The Diamond Finalist Award affirms Aptar’s ability to enhance groundbreaking packaging innovations with its flip-top closures featuring a SimpliSqueeze® valve for inverted packaging. This technology allows for superb functionality for product dispensability with standup pouches in flexible packaging.

“Aptar is the industry leader when it comes to dispensing requirements in the food and beverage industry, and the preferred dispensing solutions provider for inverted, rigid and flexible packaging formats,” said Alan Sica, President, Aptar Global Market Development – Food. “Receiving this award from DuPont further confirms our position in providing innovative, functional solutions to the growing flexible packaging market.”

Aptar was one of six finalists for the premier DuPont Packaging Diamond award. The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation winners were announced at a ceremony held in Wilmington, Del., on May 19. The Diamond Finalist Awards showcase products that excel in all three Diamond Award criteria: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

This year marks the 28th year of the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. This year’s program, honoring packaging innovations across the supply chain, received 174 global entries with 22 award winners from nine countries.

Daisy Brand’s inverted, wedge-shaped pouch with flip-top dispensing closure, featuring Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze Elastomeric Flow Control valve technology, provides added consumer benefits while maintaining product quality within. Film laminate provider (Sonoco) and design and development partner (Continuum) contributed to this packaging innovation.

“Judges for the competition were especially impressed with the overall standard design and shelf appeal created by the pouch shape and dispenser cap,” said certified packaging professional David Luttenberger, lead competition judge and global packaging director with world market research leader Mintel Group, Ltd., USA.

Daisy Brand’s consumer research revealed a desire for a change in package design to enhance product functionality and differentiate at shelf. They looked to Aptar and partners for a solution.

A custom-made ring-pull fitment and SimpliSqueeze Elastomeric Flow Control valve were created to ensure product freshness and meet Daisy’s product dispensing requirements. This same valve technology and fitment customization can also be applied to other consumer packaged goods such as ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, spreads and toppings.

Daisy flip-top

The integrated flexible valve closure system allows consumers to dispense a controlled and desired amount of product through Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze valve’s self-sealing membrane, preventing drips and spills. This translates to convenience, cleanliness and control for the consumer.

“Aptar is a pioneer in rigid, and now flexible, packaging closures,” said Sica. “We started the inverted rigid packaging format with such companies as KraftHeinz and Hidden Valley. We continue to expand our portfolio by bringing new, flexible, premium packaging closure technology to the beverage, food, beauty and home consumer packaged goods market.”

For more information, please send an email to newsroom@aptar.com.

June 3, 2016

AptarGroup Releases 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report

Crystal Lake, Illinois, May 13, 2016 – AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global dispensing solutions provider, today released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights sustainability activities that took place across the company’s global network in 2015. This is AptarGroup’s second report prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework and contains standard disclosures from the GRI G4 (Core) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. AptarGroup obtained limited external assurance for absolute energy metrics, carbon emissions and renewable energy purchases.

AptarGroup’s 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report highlights the Company’s ongoing commitment to people and the planet through its many global sustainability initiatives and responsibly made products. In 2015, AptarGroup also developed a process to better measure and promote sustainability performance in the areas most important to its employees, customers, shareholders and the community. AptarGroup uses a comprehensive scorecard that is championed by an employee representative and supported by its executive leaders. The new scorecard is highlighted throughout the report.

“We are extremely proud of the momentum that our entire organization has made on the sustainability front and are excited about the goals we have set for the future. Our new sustainability scorecard, which allows us to report more robust key performance indicators, will help us achieve that progress,” said Stephen Hagge, Aptar President and CEO. “We look forward to further demonstrating our environmental and socially responsible leadership in the global dispensing solutions industry.”

To minimize paper waste, AptarGroup encourages readers to view the Corporate Sustainability Report at www.aptar.com/sustainability_report/.

Click here to download the full press release.

May 13, 2016

AptarGroup Grows Revenue and Earnings Per Share on a Comparable B...

Crystal Lake, Illinois, April 28, 2016 — AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) today announced first quarter core sales and earnings per share growth on a comparable basis.

Summary

  • Core sales(1), which exclude currency translation effects and the impact of the recent Mega Airless acquisition, rose 2% despite a negative impact of 2% from decreased custom tooling sales and the passing through of lower resin costs
  • Reported sales declined 1% primarily due to negative currency translation effects of 4%
  • Comparable adjusted earnings per share(1) rose 3% over the prior year and were in-line with previous guidance
  • 2016 comparable adjusted earnings per share, which excluded the effects of the Mega Airless acquisition and certain non-recurring tax benefits, were $0.71 compared to currency-adjusted earnings per share of $0.69 in the prior year
  • Reported earnings per share were $0.67 compared to $0.70 in the prior year
  • Strong operating margins across each business segment drove adjusted EBITDA(1) margin to 19%, an improvement from 18% in the prior year
  • Acquisition of Mega Airless, which broadens Aptar’s airless portfolio, closed on February 29, 2016

(1) See “Presentation of Non-GAAP Information” and accompanying tables for further information.

Click here to read the full press release.

April 28, 2016

VIDEO: Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser Supports Patient Adherence

Patients and consumers appreciate how convenient and easy it is to use Aptar Pharma’s Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser (OSD).  The intuitive handling supports patient adherence and in the few years since its introduction, some 70 commercial references have become available on markets worldwide utilizing this patient-friendly technology.

The following video shows the advantages of Aptar Pharma’s Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser over the traditional packaging for unpreserved ophthalmic formulations.

For more information about the OSD, please send an email to newsroom@aptar.com.

April 26, 2016

AptarGroup Declares Quarterly Dividend

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Board of Directors of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The payment date is May 18, 2016, to stockholders of record as of April 27, 2016.

As previously announced, AptarGroup will hold a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the Company’s first quarter results for 2016. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed for a limited time on the Investor Relations page of the website.

Click here for the full press release.

 

April 15, 2016

Innovative Drug Delivery Symposium in Suzhou, China

Aptar Pharma’s 6th Innovative Drug Delivery Symposium (IDDS) in Suzhou, China: the bridge between China and the world.

The two-day Innovative Drug Delivery Symposium (IDDS CHINA) 2016, organized by Aptar Pharma in Suzhou, was held March 15 – 16 and met with tremendous success.

For 12 years, Aptar Pharma in Suzhou has brought the most advanced drug delivery technology to the Chinese market by hosting its own Innovative Drug Delivery Symposium (IDDS).

More than 160 international delegates from China, Europe, India, Japan and North America attended the latest edition to discuss issues related to China’s reform of its drug regulations, pharmaceutical market trends, difficulties inherent in the development of generic inhalation drugs and innovative drug delivery technologies.

In line with the rapid growth of China’s market, IDDS has been evolving to better meet market needs and identify new opportunities. Our latest IDDS symposium hosted 17 speakers, 6 exhibitors and 8 scientific posters which focused on the following main topics:

  • Regulation reform and impact on inhaled products
  • New concepts in Nasal Delivery
  • Dry Powder Inhaler: R&D and scaling up perspectives
  • Technology innovation based on clinical needs

Several prestigious worldwide experts delivered presentations at this symposium, including our spokespersons:

Dr. Gerallt Williams – Key steps on developing Nasal & Pulmonary drug delivery devices

Mr. Hervé Pacaud – Worldwide CNS (Pain) drug development status and trends regarding the nasal and sublingual route

Dr. Stefan Hellbardt – Updated trends and solutions for preservative-free drugs

Aptar Pharma is actively supporting the pharmaceutical industry’s business opportunities in emerging markets. We are well-established in China, where our Suzhou site near Shanghai has been manufacturing several Aptar Pharma product lines since 1996. We are committed to providing excellence in the quality of our products manufactured at Suzhou, and all of our sites worldwide.

“Aptar Suzhou is honored to have hosted this symposium for 12 years now, as we have seen tremendous growth in the Chinese inhalation market thanks to the continuous effort of the government, research institutes, our customers and partners. We are very pleased to see that our delegates enjoyed the symposium, and explored and discussed the challenges facing drug delivery solutions,” stated Mrs. Yan Jiang, Vice President China & North East Asia for Aptar Pharma.

IDDS SeminarInteraction with audience

March 28, 2016

Video: Aptar Pharma Selected for Innovation Tour at Pharmapack Eu...

Aptar Pharma was recently selected for the innovation tour, part of the latest Pharmapack Europe tradeshow, held February 10-11, 2016, in Paris Porte de Versailles.

Chris Baron, Associate Director Business Development at Aptar Pharma, presented our latest innovation, DF30 Technology Platform with COCe, during the event. This brand new DF30 Technology Platform metering valve incorporates a Cyclic-Olefin-Copolymer (COC) neck gasket to further enhance its performance. It is the result of continuous improvement to today’s world leading DF30 technology platform.

DF30 Technology Platform with COCe: ultra-clean, robust and versatile

Aptar Pharma’s DF30 metering valve technology platform has been the industry gold standard for more than 20 years and we are constantly striving to optimize our DF30 product offering. COC is a well-known and characterized material used for injectable drug containers. COCe is a specific version of COC that has unique elastomeric properties while being ultra clean and inert.

The new version of DF30 Technology Platform that incorporates a neck gasket manufactured with COCe offers several key benefits:

  • Step change improvement as a barrier to leakage
  • Ultra low extractible level
  • Compatibility across a wider range of drug formulations, including ethanol-containing formulations
  • Suitable for all pMDI filling technologies
  • Robust design for accurate and consistent performance

For more information on DF30 Technology Platform, we invite you to view our video below.

About Aptar Pharma

Aptar Pharma is a part of the AptarGroup family of companies, along with Aptar Beauty + Home and Aptar Food + Beverage.
AptarGroup, Inc. is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care, prescription drug, consumer health care, injectables,
food, and beverage markets.
AptarGroup is headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

To learn more, visit www.aptar.com/pharma.

 

Contacts:

Chris Baron, Associate Director Business Development: chris.baron@aptar.com

Elisa Eschylle, Events and PR Manager: elisa.eschylle@aptar.com

March 3, 2016

AptarGroup Completes Acquisition of Mega Airless

AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) announced it has completed the acquisition of Mega Airless, after receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. As previously reported, this strategic acquisition adds complementary products and market coverage to AptarGroup’s existing diversified portfolio of business.

Stephen Hagge, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “As anticipated, the closing of the Mega Airless acquisition went smoothly and we will begin to integrate Mega Airless into Aptar’s global network. This transaction will allow us to accelerate our growth in airless systems.”

AptarGroup plans to report its first quarter results after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, April 28, 2016. AptarGroup will hold a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. CT to discuss first quarter results. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the web site.

Download the full press release.

March 1, 2016

Aptar’s Italy Divisions Recognized as “Best Workplaces Italia...

Building upon last year’s success, on February 25, Aptar’s divisions in Chieti, Pescara and Milan, Italy, were again recognized as Best Workplaces Italia 2016 by the Great Place to Work® Italia Institute.

Representatives from Aptar’s divisions in Italy attended an unveiling ceremony where they learned that Aptar Italia ranked 12th in the overall large company ranking and 3rd among manufacturing companies. To decide this year’s ranking, Great Place to Work® Institute analyzed 109 Italian companies, giving voice to more than 40,000 employees.

“This is again a wonderful achievement,” said Aptar’s sponsor, Enrico Bonelli, Operations Director for Aptar Chieti and Aptar Pescara. “Again, our very positive environment, our culture and our day-to-day commitment made the difference. We are all super proud!”

To achieve this recognition, as with the first award, Aptar’s Human Resources Department organized a Trust Index Survey and Culture Audit Assessment for the employees at Aptar Chieti, Aptar Pescara and Aptar Milan, which assessed the five dimensions of the internal environment and culture: equity, credibility, respect, camaraderie and pride. As in the previous year, Aptar had a very strong participation with the audit and the results showed an extremely high level of commitment and sense of belonging from employees.

“We are even more excited this year because we were up against some of the largest and most advanced multinational companies of Italy in business fields such as IT, R&D and Services,” said Chiara Ferri, Regional Human Resources Director. “The competition was extremely tough and complex, and yet we ranked higher this year. This is a testament to our employees, our very best asset, and to the important improvements we put in place to continuously improve our working environment.”

February 26, 2016

AptarGroup Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Annual 2015 Earnings

Crystal Lake, Illinois, February 4, 2016 — AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) reported record fourth quarter and annual net income and earnings per share.

Summary

  • Reported record annual and fourth quarter net income and earnings per share despite foreign currency headwinds.
  • Reported earnings per share rose 8% for the year and fourth quarter over prior year levels.
  • Comparable adjusted earnings per share increased 21% for the year and 18% in the fourth quarter over prior year levels.
  • Improved operating margins across each business segment drove adjusted EBITDA(1) margin to 20% for 2015 compared to 18% in the prior year (19% in the fourth quarter compared to 17% in the prior year fourth quarter).
  • Achieved adjusted ROIC(2) of 14% for 2015 compared to 13% in the prior year.
  • Paid increased annual dividends for the 22nd consecutive year (current annualized dividend is $1.20 per share).
  • Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share were $0.67 compared to currency-adjusted earnings per share of $0.57 in the prior year (fourth quarter 2015 adjusted earnings per share exclude a positive impact of $0.03 per share ($2.9 million of pre-tax income) related to a gain on an insurance recovery, and a negative impact of $0.02 per share ($1.9 million of pre-tax expense) related to costs associated with the Mega Airless acquisition).

(1)  Adjusted EBITDA is earnings excluding unusual items before net interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; see “Presentation of Non-GAAP Information” and accompanying tables for further information.

(2) ROIC is return on invested capital calculated by taking adjusted after-tax EBIT (earnings before net interest and taxes) and dividing it by average net capital; see “Presentation of Non-GAAP Information” and accompanying tables for further information.

Read the full press release.

February 5, 2016

AptarGroup to Acquire Mega Airless, a Leading Airless Systems Inn...

AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Mega Airless, a leading provider of innovative airless dispensing systems for the beauty, personal care and pharmaceutical markets. This strategic acquisition adds complementary products and market coverage to AptarGroup’s existing diversified portfolio of business.

Under the terms of the agreement, AptarGroup will acquire Mega Airless for an enterprise value of approximately €200 million ($218 million). The purchase will be funded with available cash on hand in Europe and an existing revolving credit facility. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of this year. Mega Airless has over 30 years of experience and has grown to become a leader in airless dispensing technology with two manufacturing facilities in Germany and one in the United States. Mega Airless’ projected annual revenues for 2015 are approximately €61 million (approximately $66 million) and the company has achieved EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) margins in excess of 30% over the past three years.

Commenting on the transaction, Steve Hagge, President and CEO said, “We are very pleased to announce this strategic acquisition which aligns with our disciplined approach of acquiring well-managed, profitable businesses with innovative technology. Their products and the markets they serve are complementary to our own and we see significant opportunities to leverage AptarGroup’s global network to grow this business. Today, dermal applications are growing and evolving. Regulatory agencies in the prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical markets, and customers in the beauty and personal care markets, are seeking better ways to control dosing and preserve formulations across a variety of products. This transaction will enable us to shape the future of airless solutions.”

AptarGroup will hold a conference call tomorrow, January 26, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss this transaction. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast and download presentation materials by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the web site.

Click here to view the full press release.

January 25, 2016

AptarGroup Declares Quarterly Dividend

On January 14, 2016, the Board of Directors of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The payment date is February 17, 2016, to stockholders of record as of January 27, 2016.

As previously announced, AptarGroup will hold a conference call on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and annual results for 2015. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed for a limited time on the Investor Relations page of the website.

January 15, 2016

AptarGroup Announces 2016 Quarterly Conference Call and Annual Me...

AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) announced the dates and times of quarterly conference calls for the year. Any updates to these dates or times will be communicated in subsequent press releases.

Press Release(1) Conference Call(2)
4th Quarter and Annual 2015 Results February 4, 2016 February 5, 2016 at 8:00am CT
1st Quarter 2016 Results April 28, 2016 April 29, 2016 at 8:00am CT
2nd Quarter 2016 Results July 28, 2016 July 29, 2016 at 8:00am CT
3rd Quarter 2016 Results October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016 at 8:00am CT

 

1.Press releases will be issued on the dates noted after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

2.Times shown are in the Central U.S. time zone. Conference calls will last approximately one hour and interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page of the AptarGroup website at www.aptar.com. Replay of the conference call can also be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the website.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Board also announced that the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at the offices of Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois, on May 4, 2016, at 9 a.m. CT. The record date for stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting is March 10, 2016.

Download the full press release here.

January 5, 2016

Daisy Turns Sour Cream Upside Down

The following is an excerpt from an article featured in the December 2015 Packaging Strategies Digital Edition written by Dave Johnson, Strategic Business Development Manager at Aptar

New flexible packaging delivers distinction and functionality

The cliché, “writing on the wall”, referring to something that is essentially a foregone conclusion, fittingly describes the on-going value and functionality flexible packaging brings to consumers. We don’t have to look further than the launch of new Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream to support this claim. Launched in early 2015, this revolutionary flexible package is a stand-up (inverted) pouch design that is turning the sour cream category upside down. 

Read the full article here.

 

 

December 16, 2015

Developing Our People for Tomorrow

The talent and dedication of our people is a core strength of Aptar. As a complement to the multiple training sessions provided by each Aptar location on an annual basis, we have developed the Aptar Corporate University (Aptar CU) which offers worldwide training programs across all segments and regions to strengthen our corporate alignment in Leadership, Core Values and Business in order to grow and promote our people.

“Aptar Corporate University supports our business strategies by nurturing development at all levels,” said Meinrad Arnold, Director, Organization and People Development. “The programs enable employees to enhance their strengths and grow to their full potential. This is one of the most important investments we can make as a company.”

In 2014 alone, Aptar Corporate University trained nearly 500 employees using in-person training techniques and over 4,300 employees using eLearning modules in addition to the classroom trainings. Participants are nominated into the trainings by their managers and Human Resources representatives.

The following training programs are available to Aptar employees through Aptar Corporate University:

Leadership Programs:

  • CASA Leadership Program (global)
  • CASITA Leadership Program (regional)
  • LaFabbrica Leadership Program (local)

Market Oriented Programs:

  • Strategic Account Management I
  • Strategic Account Management II
  • Customer Value Management (CVM) Insight

Business Programs:

  • Strategic Thinking – “Managing Future Challenges”
  • Change Management – “Leading Change”
  • Business Process Management – Mindset and Leadership
  • Project Management

Aptar’s first leadership program (CASA) was implemented in 2008. Since that time the corporate training activities were extended and Aptar Corporate University was officially founded in 2011. Today, Aptar CU provides employee programs all over the world in seven different languages.

Visit our Careers website to learn about employment opportunities at Aptar.

Change ManagementStrategic Thinking

Photos (left to right): Aptar Corporate University programs – Change Management: Leading Change and Strategic Thinking: Managing Future Challenges

November 11, 2015

Video: Aptar's BAP® Solution for Protein Powder Packaging

Aptar recently attended a major fitness convention in Las Vegas to put our most recent BAP® (Bonded Aluminum to Plastic) solution to the test. We gave consumers a typical protein powder package with a screw-on overcap and a package with the new BAP® 120 Flip Top closure and asked for their feedback.

Watch what consumers had to say about Aptar’s BAP® solution for protein powder in the video below.

The new BAP® 120 Flip Top was the preferred solution for all of the consumers we met with. Consumers explained how simple and easy it is to flip the lid open, how convenient it is to use the pull ring to remove the foil. Consumers also liked the fact that the scoop is featured on top in a special scoop holder, protected from the powder (#ScoopOnTopForever).

Consumers stressed the many benefits of Aptar’s BAP® solution including convenience, cleanliness, hygiene, product freshness and innovation. Consumers agreed they would like to see this innovative solution on every protein package.

The benefits of Aptar’s BAP® solution go beyond providing an excellent consumer experience, Aptar’s BAP® technology also provides a wide range of benefits to marketers including:

  • BAP® allows savings not only on the container weight, but also on labor and production efficiency
  • Additional savings can be obtained in the manufacturing process, especially with scoop placing equipment, since the scoops comes attached to the closure
  • BAP® also provides great tamper evidence and anti-counterfeit benefits keeping the product fresh and safe

Let us help you win your packaging battles with our innovative solutions. For more information, please contact us at bap-technology@aptar.com.

Protein with features

November 3, 2015

Aptar Wins Luxe Pack in Green Award for Ongoing Environmental Com...

Many top packaging manufacturers came together for the 28th consecutive Luxe Pack luxury packaging show in Monaco from October 21-23. Attendees of the event learned about differentiation and innovation within the packaging solutions industry. Aptar was one of 450 exhibitors present and was also a recipient of the Luxe Pack in Green award for our ongoing commitment to improving the environment.

Aptar was selected as a winner by a panel of judges with responsibilities ranging from Editor in Chief of a cosmetics website to The Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco. The jurors collaborate to select the winners of two Luxe Pack in Green awards: one for an innovative product that promotes environmentally sustainable progress within a packaging solution and the second to a company that integrates environmentally responsible initiatives within its business strategies.

As finalists in the second category, a team of Aptar employees presented to the judges our overall sustainability vision and many sustainability initiatives such as the Landfill Free certification program, Product Life Cycle Assessments and Energy Management Systems. The panel of judges presented Aptar with the Luxe Pack in Green award for our ongoing commitment to improving the environment.

 

November 2, 2015