Our manufacturing presence in Europe provides an ideal base for distribution across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Beyond manufacturing, Bemis is committed to providing the appropriate products and messaging to these various markets. Our manufacturing and market & business development presence strengthens our commitment to be a full-line supplier to markets worldwide.
In 1987, Bemis purchased and consolidated manufacturing and distribution facilities in Burnley, England. This was the start of our international operations and formed the foundation for our growth in global markets. In 1999, we acquired two Italian manufacturing companies and consolidated them into the Carrara & Matta facility outside Torino, Italy. Carrara & Matta brought Bemis new technology and product lines for new markets worldwide.
In 2013, Bemis consolidated all of European manufacturing capabilities into the Burnley facility. Today, this facility produces injection molded and compression molded toilet seats that are distributed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa under the Bemis and Carrara & Matta names and many private labels.
Centrally located to European markets, the Market and Business Development office opened in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2013. This office works to provide the best products and messaging tailored to meet the needs of consumers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2019, Bemis acquired Ivanićplast d.o.o., a thermoset compression and thermoplastic injection molder, located in Ivanić-Grad, Croatia. Ivanićplast markets toilet seats through retail and wholesale channels and to sanitary ware manufacturers in Central and Eastern Europe. Ivanićplast is part of the Bemis EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) business segment. The acquisition combines the strengths of Bemis and Ivanićplast, leveraging Bemis’ global network and resources and Ivanićplast’s local market expertise and manufacturing capabilities.