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History and timeline

The roots of the global business that is now Mondi were first planted in 1967 in South Africa, when our former owners Anglo American plc built the Merebank mill. Following more than two decades’ growth and consolidation in South Africa, we came to Europe in the early 1990s to start a long period of expansion through acquisition.

We have bought businesses in countries including Austria, the UK, France, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Italy, as well as operations in Mexico.

During this time, many major companies – often market leaders in their home nations – became part of Mondi. These included Austria’s Neusiedler AG and Frantschach AG, Cofinec in Poland, and Russia’s Syktyvkar mill, which is central to our future expansion plans into emerging opportunities in Asia and the Americas.

We became an independent dual-listed business in mid-2007 when we successfully demerged from Anglo American with listings on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

From January 2008, in place of the former Mondi Packaging and Mondi Business Paper business units, we now began operating as two divisions: Europe & International and South Africa. 

Last change: 21/09/2015


Key events from 2014:

  • Bleached kraft paper machine successfully started up in Štětí, Czech Republic
  • Recovery boiler commissioned in Ružomberok, Slovakia
  • Pulp dryer completed in Syktyvkar, Russia


Key events from 2013:

  • Syktyvkar bark boiler commissioned in Russia
  • Frantschach recovery boiler commissioned in Austria
  • Richards Bay steam turbine commissioned in South Africa
  • Stambolijski recovery boiler economiser commissioned in Bulgaria


Key events from 2012:

  • Acquisition of Nordenia International, consumer packaging business
  • Acquisition of Duropack’s two corrugated packaging operations in Germany and the Czech Republic
  • Acquisition of the remaining minority interest in Mondi Świecie, Poland


Key events from 2011:

  • Demerger of Mondi Packaging South Africa (listed as Mpact on Johannesburg Stock Exchange)

Key events from 2010:

  • Acquisition of the industrial and consumer bag operations of the Smurfit Kappa Group in western Europe and disposal of corrugated box plants in the UK
  • Completion of the investment in the extension and modernisation of the Syktyvkar mill, Russia


Key events from 2009:

  • Completion of the investments in the new lightweight recycled containerboard machine ECO7 and in the new state-of-the-art corrugated box plant in Świecie, Poland


Key events from 2007:

  • Demerger of the Mondi Group from Anglo American plc, with a dual listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
  • Acquisition of majority stake in Tire Kutsan, Turkey
  • Divestiture of five corrugated packaging plants, Europe


Key events from 2006:

  • Divestiture of seven corrugated packaging, one bag converting and two flexibles plants in Europe, Asia, Africa
  • Acquisition of Mondi Stambolijski, Bulgaria

Key events from 2005:

  • Expansion of pulp mill in Richards Bay, South Africa
  • Rebuild of PM31 paper machine in Merebank, South Africa
  • Divestiture of nine corrugated packaging plants and one flexibles plant, Europe



Key events from 2004:

  • Expansion of  pulp mill in Ružomberok, Slovak Republic

Key events from 2003:

  • Rebuild of PM18 paper machine in Ružomberok, Slovak Republic

Key events from 2002:

  • Increased ownership interest in the Syktyvkar mill to over 90 per cent which increased thereafter to 97.88 per cent, Russia



Key events from 2000:

  • Acquisition of 50 per cent and an option to acquire a further 1 per cent of the Ružomberok mill (subsequently exercised in 2006), Slovak Republic

Key events from 1997:

  • Acquisition of Świecie, one of Poland’s largest paper mills

Key events from 1989-1992:

  • The Mondi Group is formed by Mondi South Africa, which was founded in 1967 and the acquisition of Frantschach and Neusiedler, which were founded in Austria in 1881 and 1793 respectively


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