Among the more unusual products that Linpac makes are crates used to ship Harley-Davidson motorcycles and dashboards for cars. Its usual fare includes McDonald’s burger boxes, cardboard pizza boxes and plastic containers. After the death of Evan Cornish, who founded Linpac in 1959, his son Michael sold a large part of his family’s company to the private-equity firm Montagu in 2003 in a deal worth £860m. Sales in 2003, the latest figures, totalled £1,234m. Since then the company has sold its containers division to DS Smith for £170m.

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Company details
ActivityPackaging maker
LocationWest Yorkshire
Sales £m1,234
Profit £m55
Year endDec 03
Principal shareholdersMontagu Private Equity, Cornish family

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