Rexam Inc.
Industry Packaging
Founded 1923 (London)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
Stuart Chambers (Chairman)
Graham Chipchase (CEO)
Products Beverage cans, plastic packaging
Revenue £3,925 million (2015)[1]
£291 million (2015)[1]
£185 million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
8,000 (2014)[2]
Parent Ball Corporation

Rexam Inc. is a British-based American-owned multinational consumer packaging company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is a leading manufacturer of beverage cans.[3][4] It has 55 plants in over 20 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and South America.[5] In June 2016, the final regulatory hurdle was cleared for the purchase of Rexam by the American company Ball Corporation.[6][7]


The company was founded by William Vansittart Bowater in 1881 in London selling paper.[8] In 1923 his son, Eric, refocused the business into paper manufacturing under the name Bowater Paper Mills.[9] The Company diversified into tissue manufacturing in 1956 forming Bowater-Scott, a joint venture with the Scott Corporation; Scott Corporation bought out the Bowater interest in the joint venture in 1986.[9]

In 1992, the company acquired Dickinson Robinson Group Packaging. In 1995, the name was changed to Rexam,[10] an abbreviation of the name of one of the Company's subsidiaries, Regal Paper America, and the business was refocused again – this time into consumer packaging.[8]

In 2005, Rexam disposed of its glass manufacturing businesses to Ardagh Glass Group so as to concentrate on its beverage can production worldwide.[11] It then went on to acquire O-I Plastics, a plastic packaging business in North America, in 2007.[12][13] In June 2011, Rexam agreed to sell its lid-making operations to the U.S.-based Berry Plastics for £222 million (US$360 million).[14][15]

On 13 February 2014, Rexam has said that it acquired 51% stake in United Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd for $122 million.[16]

In February 2015, Rexam accepted Ball Corporation's sweetened takeover offer of £4.4 billion ($6.7 billion), a deal which will create one of the world’s biggest consumer-packaging suppliers.[17] Ball was required to sell eight U.S. aluminum can plants.[18] In June 2016, the final regulatory hurdle was cleared for the purchase of Rexam by the American company Ball Corporation.[6][7]


Rexam has around 55 plants in over 20 countries and employs around 8,000 people.[2] Its operations span Europe, the Americas and Asia.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Rexam. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Rexam PLC - Media - Facts & figures". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. "Brazil Beer Sales to Rise With World-Cup Chances, Rexam Says". Bloomberg Businessweek. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  4. "Plastic Packaging". Rexam PLC. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  5. "Facts & figures". Rexam PLC. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. 1 2 "Ball Corporation (BLL) Gets FTC's Final Nod for Rexam Buy". 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  7. 1 2 "Ball Corp. (BLL) Announces Completion of Rexam Acquisition, Asset Divestiture". 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  8. 1 2 "Our history". Rexam PLC. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  9. 1 2 "Bowater-Scott". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  10. Bowater to change name to Rexam Plasteurope, 31 May 1995
  11. Rexam sells only UK glass facility Packaging Today, 15 June 2005
  12. Rexam acquires O-I plastics operation Packaging News, 3 July 2007
  13. "Rexam to buy OI Plastics". Reuters. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  14. "Rexam sells lid-making arm to Berry Plastics for £222m". The Telegraph. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  15. "Plastics packaging: Berry claims Rexam's closures biz for $360m". Plastics Today. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  16. "Rexam buys majority stake in Saudi Arabian beverage cans maker". Reuters. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  17. Rory Gallivan (19 February 2015). "Ball Corp. Rolls Up Rexam With Sweetened $6.7 Billion Offer". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  18. Richard Craver (27 July 2016). "European group buys Rexam packaging plant in Winston-Salem". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
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