Lurgan print and packaging firm James Hamilton acquired by Zeus Group

Featured Image: From left to right: Alan Hamilton, James Hamilton Group director; Brian O’Sullivan, Zeus Group founder; and Keith Hamilton, managing director of James Hamilton Group.

The Lurgan-based print and food packaging business James Hamilton Group, which has annual sales of around £15.4 million, has been bought by the Zeus Group.

James Hamilton Group, which employs around 120 people at its Millennium Way site, supplies packaging, label production, office supplies, and personal protective equipment solutions across a range of different sectors.

Zeus said the acquisition is part of its 2023 growth strategy, that will see the group’s revenues surpass €500m (£427m).

The Lurgan firm will continue to operate under its own brand.

Keith Ockenden, the Chief Executive of Zeus Group, commented: “We are tremendously excited about the prospects of this acquisition of one of Northern Ireland’s oldest packaging businesses.

“By harnessing the synergies between Zeus and James Hamilton Group across the island of Ireland, we can offer a more comprehensive range of solutions and manufacturing capabilities.

“Our commitment is to deliver exceptional value to our customers while driving innovation and sustainable practices.”

He added: “By joining forces with James Hamilton Group, Zeus will expand its current offering in the food and retail packaging sector, leveraging the combined purchasing power and unlocking operational efficiencies across our combined operations in Northern Ireland.

“With an unwavering focus on customer satisfaction, the collaboration between the two companies will result in an enhanced service, product quality, and manufacturing capabilities, ensuring effective fulfilment of customers’ unique requirements.”

Keith Hamilton, managing director of James Hamilton Group, said: “We have enjoyed watching our business expand and evolve during its 100 year history, we are delighted to have finalised an agreement with Brian and his team.

“It was important that we found a partner who shared the same ‘family’ values as ourselves, a business who will further invest, look after our staff and importantly, bring a more enhanced offering to our loyal customers.”

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