Mercury Packaging merges with CPS Flexible

UK flexible packaging companies Mercury Packaging and CPS Flexible have merged in a move designed to increase capacity and boost production efficiencies.

The newly formed BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited business will operate under holding company, Quicksilver, but retain the Mercury Packaging and CPS Flexible brand names. Primarily targeting the food, publishing, retail and security markets, it will run from the existing production facilities located in Nottingham and Leicester, UK. It offers high performance production equipment, including six extruders, three print presses and a range of converting machines, as well as lamination and in-house design capabilities.

The new company will have a combined turnover of some £16 million and forecasted growth of 25% over a three-year period.

Tony Stanger, new group chairman, notes, “This transaction brings together two highly complementary and long established organisations to create a new, more powerful flexible packaging company designed to further enhance our expertise and capabilities.”

CPS Flexible has extrusion capability for the production of both polythene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) films to complement its print and bag making functions. While Mercury Packaging does not offer extrusion, it has printing, conversion and lamination competencies.

“The individual businesses have been very successful and achieved sustainable levels of profit, but capacity was starting to become an issue and a potential obstacle to future growth,” adds Stanger. “It became evident very quickly that there were several areas for synergy between the companies.

“Despite both operating within the food and publishing markets, there are very few common customers and significant areas where Mercury Packaging could benefit from CPS Flexible’s extrusion capabilities. Likewise, the former’s lamination equipment will be an advantage for CPS Flexible.”

Mercury Packaging’s chairman Tony Stanger will take on the role for the group and CPS Flexible’s current production director, Simon Rose, will become group managing director.

Other key Group roles include Ray Franks as sales director, David Mallison as finance director and John Fisher as production manager.

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