IW Capital invests £10m in packaging company Transcend

IW Capital chief executive says investors want to support businesses with a growth trajectory that are also helping to combat environmental issues moving forward
Sustainable packaging concept

IW Capital has announced the completion of a £10 million investment round for Transcend Packaging. The fresh capital is set to provide a boost to the company in its goal to reduce consumer and industry reliance on single-use plastic by providing paper-based alternatives.

Founded in 2017, Transcend Packaging targets the replacement of single-use plastics by making in-demand paper and fibre-based alternatives.

Transcend utilises state-of-the-art digital printing and speciality coating technology allowing paper straws, cups, and food containers to fully replace their plastic counterparts.

Since its founding, the company has seen significant growth and partnerships with leading consumer brands such as McDonald’s, KFC and Starbucks.

This lower mid-market investment from private equity firm IW Capital will be used to accelerate the company’s expansion plan into new product categories and to capitalise on the significant changes in consumer preferences and legislation.

Luke Davis, IW Capital chief executive, commented: “While some investors have paused activities due to Covid-19, the underlying quality of businesses and investment opportunities will always be the most important thing. This is exactly what we have seen with Transcend.”

Davis said the company had huge demand from its investor base to support a business with a clear growth trajectory that is also helping to combat environmental issues moving forward.

“This is an example of the way in which ESG investment is becoming the right thing to do financially as well as morally,” said Davis. “We are incredibly excited to be able to support such a great company with a brilliant management team already in place.”

Food meets sustainable packaging

Driven by the increasing realisation of the negative impacts created by single-use plastic, governments around the world have taken action through legislative and regulatory remedies.

With bans on plastic straws and other single-use plastics going into effect in the UK from October 2020 and the EU from April 2021, Transcend is well-positioned to help its clients make the transition to paper straws and other sustainable products.

Under currently enacted legislation, over 50 billion plastic straws used in the UK and Europe every year will need to be replaced. Transcend expects to use the investment to cement its leadership position in the European marketplace.

“We are proud to have such a strong partner as IW Capital join our team,” said Lorenzo Angelucci, Transcend chief executive.

For Angelucci, this investment validates the path set upon in 2017 to build a global leader in sustainable packaging. “We have a long path ahead of us, but with our new partner, we are sure to have the support we need to build our vision.”

Transcend believes that recent events have shown the importance of having locally sourced supply chains that comply with legislation to keep food and drinks safe.

Since its inception, Transcend has been focused on identifying product categories where single-use plastic can be replaced with more sustainable options.

Most recently, the company developed the first PPE face visor with a Plastic Free trust mark from A Plastic Planet.

Transcend plans to recruit more talent and develop additional products to help its high street clients on the path to a more sustainable world.

With changes in consumer preferences, legislation, and the rise of delivery service as an everyday occurrence, the global packaging market is experiencing rapid change.

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Murielle Gonzalez
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Murielle Gonzalez is the editor of NutritionInvestor. She is an experienced journalist with 20 years in the media industry, including work at b2b magazines in the UK and Latin America. Murielle holds a Master in Journalism from the University of Westminster and flair for all things online and multimedia storytelling.

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