Southgate has acquired packaging equipment business Packaging Aids Limited aka Packer, in an undisclosed deal. Packer based in Basildon, Essex, have been supplying quality packaging equipment for more than 50 years. An extensive programme provides everything you need for the packing room ranging from adhesive tape dispensers and heat sealing equipment to strapping tools, with plenty in between. Charles McIntyre, commercial director of Southgate, said: “Southgate’s acquisition of Packer supports our vision of becoming the UK’s most comprehensive value partner to packaging distributors, for industrial packaging equipment and associated consumables.” Steve Sweeney, managing director of Packer, commented: “This is a great moment for our distributors. The idea of the two brands Southgate and Packer coming together, I think is going to create a great synergy in the marketplace.” Charles and Steve discuss the acquisition in the video below. Packer machines provide solutions to your problems. Void fill systems, including cardboard shredding machines provide cost effective methods for protecting products in transit and automatic strapping machines and stretch wrapping machines boost productivity and maximise protection. Southgate continue to report confident and sustained growth with a current network of over 650 distributors spread geographically across the UK and 67 in the EU region, and counting.