One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of flexible packaging, Mercury Packaging, has announced the acquisition of food packaging specialist Certiforms.

This investment is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at expansion as Mercury look to increase turnover by £1.2 million. It will allow the Nottinghamshire-based company to offer enhanced print capabilities, production efficiencies and technical expertise, as well as significantly increase its presence in the food industry, with particular focus on the bakery and fresh produce sectors.

Tony Stanger, Mercury Packaging’s managing director, said: “We are very excited about the acquisition of the Certiforms business and believe it will have a positive impact on customers, employees and suppliers.

“It is a natural fit with Mercury and enables us to offer enhanced production and print capacity together with strengthened service levels and technical excellence. It also allows us to quickly penetrate the previously untapped food industry.”

Certiforms currently operates from a facility in Macclesfield where it manufactures high quality wicketted bags in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses and substrates including low and high density polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), co-extruded films, and polyester. Bags are provided plain or printed in up to eight colours.

Mercury specialises in the supply of high clarity PP films for display purposes as well as a variety of PE film specially designed to provide the strength and impact qualities required for protection. It has recently added a range of laminates to supplement its single ply films for the food packaging sector.

Mercury’s 33,000 sq ft production plant comprises a conversion hall which operates eight advanced converting machines producing simple glue line bags; point of sale, bank note and coin bags; high security bags; and mailing and courier envelopes.

Established in 1999, Mercury employs some 50 people at its site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and has a current turnover of £5m.