Plasdene Glass-Pak






Major expansion for Plasdene Glass-Pak in the South and West of Australia


SYDNEY (Monday 18 May, 2015) – Plasdene Glass-Pak, a privately-owned, leading supplier of glass and plastic bottles, jars, containers and closures today announced the acquisition of West Australian-based Silverlock Packaging in a transaction that expands the national company’s geographic coverage, product offering and team of packaging-solution salesforce. The merged entity will increase the size of Plasdene Glass-Pak by more than fifty percent, making it arguably the largest independent, family-owned packaging distribution business in Australia.

Whilst Plasdene Glass-Pak already has a national footprint with 7 branches across Australia, the acquisition of independently-owned Silverlock packaging will greatly enhance the size and performance of Plasdene Glass-Pak in South Australia and Western Australian markets. In addition to complementary product type portfolios, markets served and capabilities, both are familybusinesses with similar cultures and service-focused enterprise philosophies. Plasdene and Silverlock also both provide contractual distribution for glass manufacturer O-I and plastic packaging PACT Group companies, amongst others.

Silverlock Packaging was founded in 1976 by Ray Silverlock, and following his passing, the business remained within the family, owned by his daughter Tundra and son-in-law Bernie Pickett.

Similarly, Plasdene Glass-Pak was established by current Managing Director Ken Pearson in 1987, with one employee and zero sales. Today Plasdene remains a private entity, owned by the Pearson family, with first and second generation family management in the business. The merged entity will fall under the umbrella of Pearson Group Packaging (PG-P).

Already supplying hundreds of millions of glass and plastic bottles, jars, containers and closures annually with a sophisticated and robust global sourcing agenda, a merged entity will further enhance the buying power and supply chain capability of Plasdene Glass-Pak, affording both Silverlock and Plasdene customers greater value, enhanced range and stronger supply partnerships.

As the last player to the enter the packaging distribution market in South Australia and Western Australia, until now Plasdene Glass-Pak has failed to shake the ‘new kid on the block’ image and reach the sales potential performance of its eastern state branches. “Whilst we’ve had a distribution centre in Perth for more than ten years (and Adelaide even longer), it has certainly been challenging to penetrate and grow the business in these regions to the proportions expected, such is the strength of the well-established market presence of Silverlock and others. We are delighted we now have the means to merge these two wholly-Australian family businesses, and grow together”, says Pearson.

“We truly are a one-stop-shop for packaging, with our current range exceeding more than 6,000 line items, and over 250 global supply partners. With similar business models, many of the same or complementary manufacturers, clients and product range, as well as a like-minded approach to personal service, this strategic purchase makes sense,” says PG-P Managing Director Ken Pearson. “We are delighted to take on this new challenge, and our team are working hard to provide a seamless transition,” says Pearson.

Plasdene Glass-Pak’s last acquisition was in May 2011, when the company purchased NSW-based wine bottle distribution business J.McCarthy.

For more information about the Plasdene Glass-Pak range, contact Plasdene Glass-Pak’s Corporate office and NSW branch on 02 9773 8666, toll-free 1800 252 709 or see the website for contact details in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and Hunter NSW.


Plasdene Glass-Pak is an Australian-owned, family-operated packaging supplier. Since inception in 1987, Plasdene Glass-Pak has rapidly grown to become Australia’s premier importer and distributor of glass, metal and plastic bottles, jars, containers and closures. Plasdene’s market offer includes an extensive in-stock range, national warehousing, inventory management, global sourcing, new project management and custom packaging. Supply flexibility, speed to market product innovation, discerning quality standards and a firm customer focus is what clients expect partnering with Plasdene Glass-Pak. ISO certified, Plasdene has distribution centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Hunter NSW, with customers as far reaching as NZ, Asia, Pacific Rim, Europe, US and Canada. Plasdene Glass-Pak is a major supplier of packaging componentry to food, beverage, pharmaceutical, complementary health, wine, oil, spirit, agriculture, cosmetic, personal care and pet care industries, and has established a broad client base including supply to multi-nationals, contract fillers, brand owners, SME, cottage industry and export.

For further media information please contact Plasdene Glass-Pak’s Head Office (02) 9773 8666