Print-Leeds, the Leeds-based niche printing house, is continuing its expansion and buying the assets of Selpack Ltd, trading as S&C Labels.
This is an investment of £1m for Print-Leeds which includes the acquisition of the assets, moving the business to Leeds and expanding its premises. The acquisition will triple Print-Leeds’ turnover to nearly £5m and the number of employees to 40.
S&C Labels is a wet label company producing bottle labels for the drinks industry. Some of its biggest customers are household names such as Magners, Newcastle Brown and Marston’s. Print-Leeds specialises in UV Litho printing on plastic and high-quality, short-run digital work.
Rod Fisher, Print-Leeds’ managing director said: “S&C Labels fits perfectly into our portfolio – we’re specialist printers working in niche markets and label printing expands our offering without making us a commercial paper printer. Printing on plastic ebbs and flows with the economy because it’s mainly point of sale and point of purchase work. Labels, however, are on the increase – especially with bottled beer becoming more popular.”
S&C Labels is currently based in Huddersfield but will move to the Print-Leeds factory in August.
“We’re expanding our premises in Leeds to house the label company – we’re about to embark on a large building programme which will turn our current location into a two story building. The Heidelberg CD102 seven colour press and all the ancillary finishing machinery, plus the staff, will be accommodated alongside the current business, making us one team and one company,” said Rod Fisher.
The CD102 will work alongside the Heidelberg CD74 six colour press Print-Leeds already owns. The new press prints on material twice the size and will open up new markets for the company, expanding the range of print it can produce on plastic and unusual substrates.
Print-Leeds bought a digital printing company out of receivership two years ago which also opened up new markets to the company and was looking to buy another digital print business. The opportunity to buy the label business came out the blue – the directors of S&C Labels, had been looking for a buyer and were pointed in the direction of Print-Leeds by a number of contacts.
Over the last couple of years, Print-Leeds has invested over £250,000 in new machinery. Rod Fisher explains: “We need to keep moving and continually evolve as a business, that’s how we’ll survive in the current marketplace. Technology is moving apace, the economy is currently flat and product lines come and go but we’ll stay ahead of the game and grow our reputation for printing great quality specialist jobs and providing excellent service – it’s what our customers demand.”
Established in 2001, Print-Leeds is a specialist printing house providing UV litho and digital print. It’s renowned for printing onto difficult materials, such as rigid and flexible PVC, polypropylene, mirri boards, lenticular and self-adhesive substrates. The majority of its work is point of sale and point of purchase – wobblers, shelf strips, duratrans, self-adhesives, plastic packaging, binders and folders, membership cards, mouse mats and floor mats. The digital print facility represents further investment in the latest technology and complements the UV litho business perfectly, producing large format banners, stickers, kiss-cut stickers, vinyl lettering, decals and canvasses, as well as standard size posters, exhibition displays, signage, stationery and general promotional print.
About S&C Labels
Formerly Sanderson and Clayton Limited and renamed Smurfit Labels in 1967. The company was bought by Decorative Sleeves in 1988 and then Illinois Tools in 2000. The latter didn’t want the paper label side of the business as it was a sleeve/rotogravure printer. S&C Labels Ltd was formed in 2001 by a former director of Decorative Sleeve and traded until 2006 when it went into administration. Shepley Springs Ltd was a customer of the company at the time of the administration and the directors of Shepley Springs Ltd used Selpack Ltd (a company opened in 2000) to purchase the company from the administrator. In 2007 the company moved from Ossett to Huddersfield. The company produces labels – wrap-around, square cut, punched and tube wrapped – which can, if necessary, be hot foil stamped or embossed. The labels are printed using UV or conventional inks with a gloss or matt varnish.