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Mercian Labels turns old plant into new

February 28, 2011

The British company has concluded a Ł1 million investment program with a major factory refit.

Label manufacturer The Mercian Labels Group, Cannock, England, has refurbished its plant after 40 years in business. The refit of the offices and factory concludes a £1 million investment program that has been carried out over the last three years, and includes the launch of a new brand of security labels known as Label Lock. As the firm continues to grow, jobs have been created both at the site in Cannock as well as at its newly acquired business, AC Labels, in Derby, for a new total of 32.

The opening was attended by Aidan Burley, a member of the British Parliament, and by Paul Briggs of Xeikon, Chris Green of Gerhardt, James Boughton of Edale, and more.

Managing Director Adrian Steele said, “Last year, Mercian Labels reached a landmark following 40 years of printing self adhesive labels, as well as completing the acquisition of the new business in Derby. The last 10 years have been spent in our purpose built factory and offices in Cannock, and we felt it fitting that our latest investment program concluded with a makeover that creates an even better working environment for our growing number of local employees’.

Mercian Labels Ltd was formed in 1969, and its principal business is printing self-adhesive labels in medium and short runs for UK businesses, using a variety of methods including digital, flexo and hotfoil technologies. AC Labels in Derby was acquired in 2010, adding long run variable data and bar code label capabilities to the product portfolio, and providing jobs for another 9 people.

The Label Lock brand was launched in 2008 and is a major growth vehicle for the company. The tamper evident seals are used to secure vehicles, documents, computers and packaging, using unique technologies developed following a major R&D program and further investment in plant and machinery. Tamper Evident Tape is the latest development in this expanding portfolio of products.