Brisbane custom packaging manufacturer, Pakko, has announced it is merging with folding and gluing specialists, Glue4U, with the two complementary businesses to operate at Pakko’s current site in Geebung.
The move not only marks the joining of two businesses that provide related services in a growing market but also represents the synergies that can come when two likeminded women band together to make their businesses better.
It also means all custom packaging manufacture, printing and supply can now be wholly handled under one roof at Pakko’s factory.
Pakko director Nina Nguyen said the merger, which officially commenced on November 1, will lead to increased turnaround times and a more competitive product offering for both entities.
The benefits of having two women, with the same work ethic, customer approach and a shared understanding of business, working together is also expected to bring huge benefits going forward.
“This merger makes perfect sense as we now have broader capabilities, experience and knowledge that complements both businesses all under one roof,” Nguyen told Sprinter.
Nguyen is also proud of the merger as it represents likeminded women joining together to confront and overcome commercial challenges through an inclusive approach to business.
“The illusion is we are all trying to do it alone but this is not the case. We want to be the voices for change and inclusion in the printing and packaging industry and show that women can be successful,” she said.
“By joining forces with Glu4U we are acknowledging that there are women out there who are thinking like you, moving like you, and understand what you’re going through, this is what empowers us in moving forward and making that difference.”
Glue4U director and owner Tanya Watkins said the decision to merge with Nguyen’s business was a ‘no brainer’.
“We are both the front women of businesses in a very male dominated industry so when it came to making the decision to combine forces, it was a no brainer,” Watkins said.
“With the additional services and resources that Pakko brings to the table, the merger allows us to now offer almost everything to be done in house.
“This combined with the extensive knowledge and experience that both Steve and myself bring to the party, it will only benefit our customers’’.
The businesses have worked on the same street in Geebung for the last few years and the two women often did work for each other which lead to many conversations about their similar challenges and goals in terms of work and life goals.
After more discussions ensued it became clear that the pair shared similar values and mission.
“There is only one upside to this merger, normally you would go to someone like Pakko to do your printing and die-cutting and then go to Glue4U for their gluing and finishing,” Nguyen and Watkins both said.
“Now that we will all locate in the one premise the efficiencies and savings we can offer will be second to none and will help minimise time, costs, increased operation efficiencies that we can pass those benefits onto our trade customers.”
For more information visit: www.pakko.com.au
You can find Pakko and Glue4U at 134 Delta Street, Geebung, Qld, 4034.
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