BK’Art, a newly minted French artisanal group in the region of Cognac, is specialized in converting and finishing techniques.
Following the acquisition of Cognac Emballages Services (co-packing and packaging decoration) in 2013 and Pyrénées Dorure Découpe five years later, a specialist in premium finishing and decoration for luxury packaging, entrepreneur Laurent Becquart has added two artisanal companies to his portfolio. Alket Editions is a graphic design studio that serves the wine and spirits market among others. GB Façonnage, which Becquart describes as a “sleeping beauty”, is specialized in converting and finishing of premium print products. Both companies, based in Angouleme, have joined Cognac Emballages Services and Pyrénées Dorure Découpe to comprise BK’Art Group, an expert in converting services.
“GB Façonnage is complementary to Pyrénées Dorure Découpe in its market approach as along with spirits, cosmetics and parapharmacy, it has a specific expertise in publishing, and mainly in the assembly of premium books, catalogs and brochures,” notes Becquart. Plans are underway to invest in machinery that will boost current production capacity: “higher volumes mean that we can be more in line with our clients' pricing prerogatives,” he explains.
Director of BK’Art Group, Becquart owns 85% of these two new acquisitions, while Aude Grangeaud, director of both sites, holds the remaining shares.
Becquart aims to reinforce BK’Art Group’s portfolio by bringing another company on board within two years in a bid to “continue building complementary services in the converting and finishing sector”.