Mercian Labels plans security sector growth as it unveils £1m factory refurb

The Mercian Labels Group has unveiled a £1m refurbishment to its factory as it aims to capitalise on the growth in security label sales.

The Cannock company hosted an official opening of its revamped offices last week where guests included local MP Aidan Burley and a number of clients and suppliers.

Mercian’s event marked the completion of a three-year investment programme that has included refurbishing both office and production facilities and comes a year after the company celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Mercian 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 ten years have been spent in our purpose built factory and offices in Cannock, and we felt it fitting that our latest investment programme concluded with a makeover that creates an even better working environment for our growing number of local employees.”

Burley (pictured), who is the Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, added: “Too often we are quick to talk ourselves down, but here is proof that with imagination, determination and a focus on quality and value, British industry can compete on a global scale.

“Not only have Mercian Labels grown their domestic labelling business consistently, but they have now branched out into overseas markets with their unique Label Lock brand. I am especially pleased to see a strong local focus in their investments, and wish them all the best with their ventures in the future.”

The Label Lock brand of tamper-evident seals launched in 2008 and is now the company’s largest growing market. The seals are used to secure vehicles, documents, computers and packaging and, according to Mercian sales director Hugo Gell, have “opened the doors to new markets worldwide”.

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