In a key strategic move designed to increase capacity and boost production efficiencies, Mercury Packaging ( and CPS Flexible Ltd ( have merged to form a major flexible packaging company with a combined turnover of some £16m and forecasted growth of 25% over a three-year period.

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 state-of-the-art production facilities located in Nottingham and Leicester.

Backed by a dynamic senior management team, the merged company 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.

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

Going forward, 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.