United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Livingstone, Poynton (Stockport) and Sheffield
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products
22.22 - Manufacture of plastic packing goods

155 - 230 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 January 2020
Employment effect (start)
31 January 2020
Foreseen end date


The API Group, the global manufacturer of foils and laminates used in packaging, has announced that its UK-based companies entered administration on 31 January 2020, making 155 employees in Scotland and the North of England redundant. Another 77 workers remain employed to operate the sites at a reduced capacity and support the closing down of the business.

The administrators confirmed the API Group had experienced challenging times and its US-based parent company decided to close the UK sites. They added that they were assisting the workers who faced redundancy. A representative of Unite the Union promised to support their members who had lost their jobs without warning and called for the Scottish Government and the local council to save the businesses.

The API Group makes specialised materials used in the packaging of goods, including cosmetics, perfumes, drinks and tobacco products. It is owned by the US-based holding company Steel Partners.



Eurofound (2020), API Group, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 99792, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99792.