Fermoy man’s packaging business continues to boom

Brian O'Sullivan, the Managing Director of Zeus was born in Britway and is now living in Fermoy.

Zeus, the global packaging solutions company owned by Brian O’Sullivan who lives in Fermoy, has announced its acquisition of Aldar Tissues, the Irish sustainable tissue manufacturer and distributor. 

The acquisition will double employment at Aldar’s state-of-the-art facility in Finglas, Co Dublin over the next 18 months, with the creation of 20 new roles in addition to the company’s existing 20 full-time jobs.

Zeus already employs almost 400 people across 13 countries worldwide with depot in Cork and Dublin as well as several further afield across the world. 

Zeus’ most recent investment will uniquely position Aldar as the leading provider of sustainable Irish-made paper products for large retailers throughout the country. 

Currently, 100% of all retail kitchen towels and toilet paper sold by supermarket multiples in Ireland are imported from the UK and Europe. 

As part of the Zeus Group, Aldar will launch a new range of eco-friendly products in 2019, made in Ireland from recycled tissue and packaged with Ireland’s first fully biodegradable and compostable film. 

Mr O’Sullivan who was born in Britway and is now living in Fermoy, is the owner and managing director of Zeus.

“At Zeus, innovation and problem-solving drive us. We launched Ireland’s only completely paper-free compostable cup earlier this year, and know how important eco-friendly options are for our customers,” he said.

“Our acquisition of Aldar means that this Irish-owned business can double its workforce, ensuring jobs are kept in Ireland, and deliver its products to larger retailers across the country. This will provide an option to multiples, for the first time, to sell Irish-made kitchen towels and tissue products,” added Mr O’Sullivan.  

The acquisition is part of Zeus’ commitment to delivering and expanding its range of sustainable products. Aldar will also launch two new eco-friendly products in 2019, made from sustainable fibres left over from sugar-cane extraction and bamboo.