Net sales in the Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment decreased by $80 million from prior year quarter primarily attributed to an organic sales decline of $65 million and a $15 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency changes. The organic sales decline is primarily attributed to decreased selling prices of $21 million and a 6% volume decline as a result of weakness in the North American baby care market and customer product transitions in hygiene.
“We completed our acquisition of RPC and are excited to welcome the new employees in this truly transformational combination. We are eager to move forward together as a global plastic and recycled packaging industry leader with the industry’s most diversified and expansive manufacturing footprint," says Tom Salmon, chairman and chief executive officer. “We continued to see strong volume growth of 3% in the quarter in our Consumer Packaging division along with contributions from our Laddawn acquisition, which were more than offset by base volume weakness in our Engineered Materials and Health, Hygiene, & Specialties divisions. Despite these quarterly results, we believe the fundamentals of the three businesses remain strong and we continue to better position ourselves for future growth in these attractive markets.”