One of the UK’s leading independent label converters has been acquired by packaging giant Coveris.
The Vienna headquartered international group has paid an undisclosed sum for Amberley Adhesive Labels to CEO Trevor Smith, who owns the business. He has welcomed the deal. “With Coveris we found the right partner for a strong future. Together we will leverage off Coveris labels know-how and resources to take our business to next level,” he says.
Amberley has established a reputation for short run labels and is one of the premier users of HP Indigo's digital print technology. It was the sole UK supplier of labels to the Share a Coke campaign and has been a pioneer of Indigo’s silver ink. It now has three of Indigo’s flagship WS6800 presses.
The company has also run flexo presses for self adhesive labels and packaging, installing an Edale FL3 last year equipped with its Aiir automation and fast turnaround technology.
The business was started 40 years ago and when founder Chris Strong wanted to retire, Smith led a management buyout in 2002, steering a course of focusing on top quality work within the food and drink, personal care and home sectors, frequently winning awards for print quality. This dovetails with Coveris interests in fresh, chilled and ambient food markets.
Dennis Patterson, president labels & board at Coveris, says: “Amberley is a successful business with a proven track record with a clear focus on providing bespoke high quality solutions to its customers and is the perfect addition for Coveris to broaden its market presence in the labels business.”
There are already unspecified plans to invest in the Blanford Forum company, expanding Amberley into a flagship for digital label printing in the group. Coveris CEO Jakob Mosser says: “Introducing our Coveris strategy, we clearly committed ourselves to invest and grow our business in high potential areas. The acquisition of Amberley clearly underpins this endeavour. We are very much looking forward to a successful expansion of our labels capabilities and further develop the potential of our new facility."
By Gareth Ward