Trofeo Meana

La scorsa primavera i dipendenti di Pusterla 1880 Italia hanno organizzato un trofeo di calcetto dedicato all’Architetto Meana.

E’ stato bello vedere che oltre ad un rapporto lavorativo in azienda nascono e crescono rapporti che diventano amicizie.

Quando poi queste amicizie si trasformano in sane competizioni dove il gioco, il divertimento e la convivialità sono le parole chiave di una giornata dedicata ad un uomo che ha lavorato duramente perchè questo clima familiare fosse presente in azienda, allora tutto diventa più speciale.

I premi più grandi del “trofeo Meana” sono state la gioia dello stare insieme e la commozione del sapere quanto l’architetto Meana sia ancora importante per tutti noi.

Grazie di cuore a chi ha organizzato il primo (speriamo di una lunga serie)  “trofeo Meana”.


Pusterla 1880 keeps on growing

Pusterla 1880 acquires 51% of the capital of Virojanglor (VIRO); this operation helps to build

a Group that is positioned as one of the leaders in luxury secondary packaging, and further

builds on a process initiated by VIRO in 2017 with the acquisition of Interesting Sourcing


The turnover of this new entity, 100% in luxury goods and mostly in the wine & spirits,

perfume & cosmetics sectors, will approach € 100 million in 2018.

The complementarity range of products and processes, and the convergence of strategic

visions in the medium term, will enable the Group to benefit as quickly as possible from the

commercial and operational synergies generated by this acquisition, and will create the first

European player capable of offering customers complete and complex solutions, based on:

–  the uniqueness of the industrial capabilities, mixing internal and external partners, in

Europe and Asia, all of whom are specifically chosen because of their proven reputation

and expertise

–  the completeness of the business offer which now includes: cardboard folding boxes and

automatic cardboard rigid boxes, complex hand-assembled cardboard boxes, metal boxes,

PU boxes, wooden boxes, multi-material boxes and all types of thermoforming and

injected plastic

–  a logistics offer which includes the packing of the finished product with all of its contents

–  the best technical solutions and a complete supply-chain to support our Global Customers

to add value to their brands through the highest quality of secondary packaging and POS


–  our innovation capabilities and the robustness of our proven development processes

Pusterla 1880, a family-owned company founded in 1880, specializing in the field of

cardboard and located at several production sites in Italy, France, UK and Romania, offers a

state-of-the-art, cost effective system, with multiple sites in Europe, located near to their

customers’ production sites.

Virojanglor, a family company founded in 1963, and historically a European manufacturer,

with factories in France and Italy. It now relies on an exclusive partnership of factories in

China, at the forefront in their chosen field of luxury tins and metal boxes. More recently,

involved in new materials (cardboard, wood, plastic, metals) through the recent acquisition of

the company Interesting Sourcing, which since 1987 has been managing multi-material,

packaging and POS projects thanks to a strong network of partners in China.

“This merger is a sign of a new adventure and continues our growth in a market that is

constantly looking for more premium suppliers, and global service. It is based on the crossed

combination of factories at the forefront of the packaging industry for multiple materials. This

new positioning meets the expectations of our global premium markets “explain Jean-David

Curiel, President of Virojanglor Group and Roberto Marini, President of Pusterla 1880.

2017 An Ambulance for the Italian Red Cross

Not only art, culture of packaging and recycling: our focus is also on the needs of the territory and its inhabitants.

That is why we have decided to help the Italian Red Cross in Bresso, financing the purchase of a new ambulance.

The choice of the territory of Bresso it’s because is the city of origin of  Meana’s family.

“For us it is important to be able to help the territories to which we are connected, not just as a company, but also as a family and as persons; We believe that the added value of a company is giving more attention to people than products”, these are the words by which shareholders explain their commitment to social.



FAI Spring days

We deeply believe in the importance of Italian culture and as a company we feel we have to support the beauty that Italy has to offer; For this reason, we started to sponsor the organization of the “Giornata di Primavera” organized by  FAI  in the town of Tradate last spring.

Among the countless open spaces open to the public on the weekend of March 25 and 26, 2017,  FAI managed to give the right visibility to the palazzo Pusterla Melzi, a fascinating and very artistic palace, rarely open to the public, that nowadays is a youth institute for girls.

We had the pleasure of visiting these spaces and discovering an unexpected place whose history is interspersed with that of the territory: the Pusterla family took over the ancient chateau in the 15th century and turned it into a large residential villa during the 17th century.

Reminding of the importance of the Pusterla family, remains the grandeur of the complex, the large Italian garden, some frescoed salons, among which is distinguished the Salone delle Feste, where the most important personalities of the family are depicted: a grandiose work due, according to tradition, Federico Bianchi or Salvatore Bianchi, Varese painters active between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the 18th century. The church of Santa Maria in Castello, which preserves the fourteenth-century tomb of Tommaso Pusterla, is a work of champion masters.

By the time he passed from Pusterla’s family to the Melzi’s family. The last heir, Barbara, destined it as a reception center for the elderly and educated for young girls. In the last years of the 19th century, the Pusterla Castle became “Institute Barbara Melzi” still active today thanks to the leadership of the Canossian Sisters.

On the ground floor to see: the Eagle’s Hall, which houses a fresco in the ceiling with the victory of the Faith, at the top of the walls the portraits of late-17th century European rulers. and a great canvas depicting Archbishop Federico Visconti visiting the Tradate castle.
But it is above all on the third floor that the most beautiful rooms in the building are located: first of all, the Salone delle Feste, with its walls entirely frescoed by artists such as S. Bianchi and G.B. and G. Grandi, active in the second half of the sixteenth century. In the upper part of the lounge, enclosed by a decorated wooden ceiling, runs a wrought iron balcony that introduces three frescoed rooms with bucolic scenes and noble family life.






2016 Change of name for The London Fancy Box Co Ltd

We are glad to inform that The London Fancy Box Co Ltd has changed its name to Pusterla 1880 UK Ltd.

This change is part of the evolution of the company following its purchase by Pusterla 1880 SpA and full incorporation into the group family.

The legal and commercial status of the company is unchanged


2015 Pusterla 1880 awarded with “La Vedovella”


Last November, Pusterla 1880 was awarded the Best Paperwork Award of the XXIV edition of La Vedovella – Oscar della Stampa. In addition to the amplitude of the range, the strong production specialization, the continuous pursuit of the highest quality in the product and service, the jury decided to reward Pusterla 1880 for its innovative capability and continuous growth, both for internal lines for complementary acquisitions.

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2015: new italian acquisition

Pusterla 1880 Spa (Pusterla) is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of a minority stake in Scatolificio Cristina Srl (Cristina).

The agreement enables the gradual exit of the founder Giorgio Galimberti from the shareholder structure and the simultaneous transition to majority of Pusterla , with Maurizio Galimberti taking the position of CEO. Maurizio will hold a minority stake in the company.

With this operation Pusterla supports the generational change of a strategic partner by strengthening its future development and expanding the Group’s range of products through the integration of the European leader in the production of transparent packaging.

Cristina was founded 45 years ago near Milan and is currently one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of packaging in transparent APET , PET , PET- R and PP; its products today are oriented to the food market (thanks to the BRC – LOP for direct contact certification) , to cosmetics , perfumes , pharmaceuticals and the spirits market and are exported to more than 70 % .

Cristina is the only player with full integration in all production and printing stages, which allows for direct management of quality, cost and timing even with the most complex products; moreover, over the years, thanks to partnerships with major customers in the food and para-pharmaceutical market, has developed a unique know-how in the development of products for automatic packing lines.

The combined expertise of the Group will offer customers fully integrated solutions with flexibility , quality and innovation .

Roberto Marini said : “CRISTINA fits perfectly in our group with a complementary market position; we are thrilled to have reached an agreement with this prestigious and well- established family business “.

Maurizio Galimberti (AD CRISTINA ) comments: ” This is the best business opportunity of a generation ; the Group will have an unrivaled capacity to offer the best solutions for all needs , even the most sophisticated of our customers”.

Ethical Packaging Paper

The “Ethical Packaging Paper” is a document that collects shared principles for designing, producing andconsuming packaging in a conscious manner, involving designers, manufacturers, processors and anyone who has chosen to join this project.

It links the plan of rights, the plan of the principles, the plan of values ​​to establish an ideal contract between the actors of the system, so that they commit themselves to sharing principles to which they tend, without overlapping the norms, and making this choice public.

We, as a packaging manufacturer, have the moral and ethical duty to help spread this “system culture” that helps produce, use, and consume packaging, going beyond norms and obligations, with a focus on rights and the expectations of this essential and often contradictory object of packaging.

To find out more and stick to the ethical packaging paper click here

Below is the summary of the ten principles of an ethical packaging.


This is packaging seen as a responsibility shared by everyone towards everyone else: in its design, manufacture and application.

Responsible packaging is the bearer of quality, that combines environmental protection with respect for the needs of all users.


Where packaging is in its right measure: optimised for what is needed.

Packaging is balanced when it has been devised and designed in the right relation to its contents and it is the result of what is needed for its correct dissemination.


In that it is healthy, safe packaging that protects individuals and communities throughout its lifecycle.

Safe packaging fully accounts for its traceability, throughout the supply chain; it is safe in terms of the protection of its contents and the non contamination of the same, safe during transport, the same as during its use and through its entire lifecycle.


Where packaging is capable of “easily” explaining itself to the user.

Packaging is accessible when it is simple and easy to use, and thus considers the right of any consumer to be able to approach, understand and use a product.


Or that is where packaging builds an immediate relationship with its recipient.

Packaging is transparent when it is sincere, when it tells the truth in full respect of legal standards and it does so plainly. Via the quality of transparency it manages to build up a relationship of trust with the recipient.


Where packaging guarantees the best information, both useful and necessary.

Informative packaging respects legal standards, bears all information useful to know about the contents and its packaging, their use and disposal.

Informativo è l’imballaggio che, nel rispetto della normativa, riporta tutte le informazioni utili alla conoscenza del contenuto e del suo imballaggio, al loro utilizzo e allo smaltimento.


Where packaging is constantly in tune with the society of which it represents the values.

Packaging reflects the culture of our society and in turn contributes to creating the same. It does so via messages, that are transmitted via its shape, its graphics, its symbols: it thus transfers values and messages and takes part in the evolution of contemporary social life.


In which packaging has good relations with its own future.

Packaging is capable of intervening today in terms of possible future effects. The choices that determine the packaging of today cannot develop starting from an immediate advantage but must consider the consequences that derive from the initial choices.


In that packaging, as a common object, is capable of assuming an educative function.

Packaging is a tool that is fully part of everyone’s daily lives, in constant dialogue with its recipient. Hence it has a great educative potential: its dissemination also makes it a powerful tool in these terms.


This is packaging that respects the environment.

Packaging is sustainable if designed in a holistic manner, fully balanced with the product and its ways of use, so as to optimize its overall environmental performance.

Il progetto per una Carta Etica del packaging nasce da un’ipotesi emersa da molteplici sollecitazioni; si è concretizzato nell’incontro tra mondo della ricerca universitaria, dell’editoria di settore, delle associazioni rappresentative delle imprese; si è tradotto in un documento aperto che sollecita l’impegno di tutti i soggetti coinvolti nella progettazione, nella produzione, nell’utilizzo degli imballaggi.
  • La Carta Etica del Packaging è redatta da: Giovanni Baule e Valeria Bucchetti
  • È un progetto a cura di: Giovanni Baule, Valeria Bucchetti (Politecnico di Milano) Luciana Guidotti, Stefano Lavorini, (Edizioni Dativo)
  • Promosso da: Edizioni Dativo
  • In collaborazione con: Dipartimento di Design del Politecnico di Milano
  • Con il patrocinio di: Istituto Italiano Imballaggio
  • Media partner: ItaliaImballaggio, Impackt
  • Main sponsor: Ipack.ima, Sit Group, Sun Chemical, Boxmarche

2014: Pusterla 1880 reaches England

A combination of experiences in luxury paper-making, skill and history: in October, 2013, Pusterla and The London Fancy Box Co Ltd (Dover, UK) tied a strategic allegiance from which one of the largest paper-making groups in Europe will be born, focused on premium paperboard packs.
The agreement implies that in 2014 LFB will fall under the total control of Pusterla 1880, and that Christopher and Matthew Lawson – members of the family that has been leading the glorious English company for 115 years and current majority shareholders – will work alongside the Meana family with minority shares in Pusterla 1880.

2012: Supplying for ourselves

Cartografica Pusterla - Vista aerea

In the course of the year 2010 we started facing the issue of decreasing our dependency on the supply of electric energy from external sources, albeit renewable, thanks to an independent energy production that could exploit the southern exposure of the buildings in which we operate.
For this reason, we chose to install a system that uses the sun as a renewable source of energy.

The ideal surface for placing the solar panels was identified in a part of the roofing did not host skylights and cooling and/or air extraction systems.
Initially, the parabolic shape of the roofing tiles was an obstacle, since it does not allow the panels to be uniformly hit by the rays of the sun.
After in-depth research we found the solution to our problem in CIS technology panels, the Powermax SGS modules produced by Saint Gobain.
This technology exploits a wider light spectrum and is highly performing on East-West exposures, which is the lateral inclination of the slopes of our roofs.
In order not to weigh down the building with a strong overload, due to the fact that the wind’s action on the panels needed to be contrasted, we chose to place the panels parallel to the roofing surface and to fix them with a system based on the VELCRO principle that guarantees high resistance, easy fixing and weight reduced to only a few hg. per square meter.

Moreover, this type of placement does not interfere in the least with the architectural design of the buildings, since it is not visible from outside.
The photograph you see is in fact an air view.
The theoretical power generated by the panels is equal to 159 Kw, which on an annual basis corresponds to 12% of our yearly consumption.
The system started working in February 2012, and up to today we can confirm the validity of the project both in terms of energy savings, especially in the summer months when cooling is required, and in terms of the satisfaction it gives us to produce energy without emitting polluting substances.