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Austrian Prinzhorn Group signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with Russian SFT Group - Prinzhorn Group to acquire 50% shares of SFT.

Prinzhorn Group has signed an agreement to purchase 50% shares of Russian packaging, paper and recycling group SFT Group.

The family owned and vertically integrated SFT Group has an annual production capacity of 500 million m2 of corrugated packaging, 450.000 tons of containerboard and 550.000 tons of paper for recycling. All SFT Groups production sites with a total staff of 1.700 people are located in the Central, North-West and Southern Federal Districts.

The core production sites include Kamenskaya Paper & Board Mill, Aleksinskaya Paper & Board Mill, Kartontara in Maykop and Famadar Cartona in Taganrog, all leading producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging solutions.

The group started its expansion in 2003 and is now Russian market leader in all three business areas.  

‚ÄúThis strong joint-venture brings together long-term focus, market know-how and technical expertise. Our customers can benefit from our improved recycling, paper and packaging solutions.‚ÄĚ said Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of Prinzhorn Group.

‚ÄĚWith a similar and fully integrated setup like Prinzhorn Group, we see a lot of opportunities to grow our businesses together and faster. I strongly believe that we will experience a strong beneficial development within the near future‚ÄĚ, said Stepan Khomyakov CEO of SFT Group.


SFT will continue to operate under its current name.

The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities. Both parties agreed not to disclose the transaction value.


The Prinzhorn Group

Dunapack Packaging, Hamburger Containerboard and Hamburger Recycling Divisions are part of Prinzhorn Group, which employs 7000 people in 15 countries and ranks among the European market leaders in the recycling, paper and packaging industry. With an annual turnover of 1,6 billion Euro, the group is number three in Europe in this segment. The family-owned Prinzhorn Group has its headquarters in Vienna / Austria and is structured in three divisions: Dunapack Packaging (corrugated packaging solutions), Hamburger Containerboard (production of containerboard) and Hamburger Recycling (collection and trading of secondary raw material).