The Nampak timeline

In 2019, Nampak celebrated 50 years of being listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A summarised history from when Nampak was conceived over 100 years ago is set out below:

  •  1918

    Hertzberg Mulne which became part of Natpack, the forerunner of Nampak, began making cardboard boxes in Cape Town

  •  1929

    Oscar Fruman started Transvaal Box in Johannesburg and acquired a 25% stake in Hertzberg Mulne

  •  1933

    Metal Box SA was established and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1947 when Hertzberg Mulne also went public

  •  1944

    Amalgamated Packaging Industries (API) was registered

  •  1963

    National Packaging (Natpack) was established and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

  •  1969

    National Amalgamated Packaging (Nampak) was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and took over both Natpack and API

  •  1983

    Nampak acquired 51% of Metal Box SA

  •  1988

    Nampak acquired 100% of Metal Box SA and became the largest diversified packaging company on the African continent

  •  1990s

    Nampak expanded into Europe through the acquisition of Blowmocan and Plysu. It also acquired Crown Cork in South Africa

  •  2002

    Nampak acquired Malbak Limited which further expanded its presence in Europe. It also acquired Crown Cork's operations in a number of African countries

  •  2007

    First greenfield operation in the Rest of Africa with the establishment of a folding cartons operation in Nigeria

  •  2008 – 2011

    Portfolio rationalisation with the sale of several smaller non-core operations

  •  2011

    Commissioning of a brand new beverage can factory in Angola

  •  2012

    Further expansion into the Rest of Africa through the acquisition of minorities

  •  2013

    Nampak's first aluminium beverage can line was commissioned in Springs

  •  2014

    Acquisition of Alucan in Nigeria which gave Nampak an entry into the beverage can market in that country

  •  2015

    Disposal of Cartons and Labels, Tissue, Corrugated, Flexible, Recycling and Sacks divisions

  •  2016

    Nampak R&D celebrated its 70th anniversary

  •  2019

    Nampak celebrated 50 years of being listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange