Highcon (TASE: HICN) today announced a $8M investment by Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) in the context of a strategic collaboration between the two companies. The scope of the strategic collaboration includes the following components:
SEE, with revenues of $5.5B in 2021, is in business to protect, solve critical packaging challenges, and “make our world better than we find it.” SEE has identified that Highcon’s digital paperboard converting capabilities and its unequalled knowhow around laser cutting of paperboard can support and accelerate their vision and business objectives.
The strategic collaboration includes the purchasing of a Highcon Beam 2C system for delivery and installation in the first quarter of 2023. The in-house presence of the system will allow SEE to accelerate the testing of new designs and products, as well as the manufacturing and delivery of corrugated products to the company’s customers.
“Over the past months, the SEE team has been really impressed with the talent at Highcon and the company’s culture. Highcon’s technology and capabilities represent a meaningful opportunity for SEE” said Sergio Pupkin, SVP and Chief Growth & Strategy Officer, SEE. “Highcon’s sustainability value proposition aligns with and can help us advance our vision and plans. The roadmap we are developing together is exciting, and our investment in Highcon is a natural first step in this context.”
“SEE is taking Highcon’s technology to places that were beyond the way that we typically defined our market opportunity. Growing that opportunity, entering new application spaces, and working together with a world class partner is very exciting” said Shlomo Nimrodi, Highcon’s CEO. “It’s particularly gratifying to see how SEE reacted to the talent and passions of the Highcon team, and their recognition of the strategic value of our technology. I’m confident that it’s just the beginning as we prove our value to SEE to enable further expansion of our relationship. I’m proud of what we’ve built so far at Highcon, and with this strategic partnership, we can move farther and faster. We are certainly expecting that this collaboration will have positive impact on the company’s existing business.”
In recent months, teams from Highcon and SEE have collaborated to explore the application of Highcon’s solutions and technology to a range of different activities. “We’ve demonstrated that Highcon offers so much more than might at first meet the eye” added Nimrodi. “I am proud that we’ve been able to reach an agreement like this despite the current challenging environment.”
Highcon and Menasha have signed a LOI reflecting their intent to partner on the integration of new Highcon systems over the next 24 months.