(PRESS RELEASE) TOKYO, Japan / PULLACH, Germany, 1-Mar-2022 — /EuropaWire/ — Triton Partners, a private equity investment firm with focus on medium-sized businesses across Europe, has announced that its Triton Fund V portfolio company IFCO, a world leading provider of Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs) for fresh grocery products, has acquired the Reusable Packaging Containers (RPC) pooling services business of Sanko Lease, a company based in NAGOYA, AICHI, Japan and active in the commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental and leasing industry. The transaction has been carried out by IFCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary IFCO Japan. The acquired business will be transferred to IFCO Japan and succeeded by IFCO Oricon Co., Ltd, which will start operations effective March 1, 2022. Through the acquisition of the business, IFCO Japan will become the leading provider of Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs) for fresh grocery products in Japan further promoting sustainability and its business model based on the principle of circular economy. At the same time it will significantly increase its pooling asset base and service center network.
Customers will benefit from the combined global and local experience and resources of IFCO and Sanko Lease. In addition to offering nationwide coverage, more service centers and a broader product and service portfolio, the increased business scale will allow IFCO Oricon to develop and implement solutions to reduce lead-times, improve RPC availability as well as streamline ordering and invoicing systems. Improvements in reverse logistics and transportation efficiency will provide additional benefits and allow customers to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
Michael Pooley, CEO of IFCO Group, said: “We are delighted about this strategic transaction and the long-term partnership with Sanko Group. In addition, we are excited to see how bringing these two great businesses together will help IFCO continue its mission to make the Japanese fresh grocery supply chain sustainable.”
At the same time, IFCO Japan and Sanko Group have entered into a long-term strategic partnership for the Japanese market. Both companies see this cooperation as an opportunity to extend their respective market leading positions.
IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in 50+ countries. IFCO operates a pool of over 325 million Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used for over 1.9 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items from suppliers to grocery retailers every year. IFCO RPCs ensure a better fresh food supply chain by protecting freshness and quality and lowering costs, food waste and environmental impact compared to single-use packaging.
For further information: www.ifco.com.
Since its establishment in 1997, Triton has sponsored ten funds, focusing on businesses in the industrial tech, services, consumer and healthcare sectors. The Triton funds invest in and support the positive development of medium-sized businesses headquartered in Europe.
Triton seeks to contribute to the building of better businesses for the longer term. Triton and its executives wish to be agents of positive change towards sustainable operational improvement and growth.
The 50 companies currently in Triton’s portfolio have combined sales of around EUR 18.1 billion and employ around 104,500 employees.
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SOURCE: Triton Investments Advisers LLP