40th Anniversary at McLaren Packaging

Port-Glasgow, Scotland headquartered McLaren Packaging Group has marked its 40th Anniversary year with a record turnover and investment in new capital equipment. Established in 1979 as an independent supplier of corrugated cases to the whisky industry, award-winning, family-run McLaren Packaging has since expanded its operations across six facilities totalling 200,000sq ft across central Scotland.

It has already surpassed its target of achieving a £20m turnover by 2020. Indeed, from 41 employees and a turnover of £8m a decade ago, the group now employs 240 staff and is on track to turnover over £30m this financial year. The most recent development in this growth strategy is the enlargement of the senior team with a new Quality Manager; Human Resource Manager and Group Operations Director being appointed this year.

And McLaren has just invested £2.2m in a new production line to enhance its printing and die-cutting capacity to support the future growth of its corrugate business. Over the last five years, 100% of profits have been reinvested in the business in order to future-proof the company for the years ahead.

These latest investments follow McLaren’s acquisition in February of the assets of Port Glasgow-based Moelle Interlok Packaging, a producer of solid board divisions and layer pads for the drinks, glass and electronics industries, via a newly formed company, Interlok Divisions, following a short administration process. And just last month McLaren Packaging was involved in the creation of the world’s first sustainable energy generation facility fuelled by organic waste to provide heat and power for the manufacture of corrugated sheet board.

CorrBoard Bioenergy (CB Bio), which invested £5.5M in the facility to facilitate the manufacture of carbon neutral corrugated material, is located adjacent to CorrBoard UK, the consortium-owned independent corrugated producer based in Scunthorpe of which McLaren is part owner.

Last October, Blue Box Design, McLaren Packaging’s sister company’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility was officially opened in Stirling. A specialist designer and manufacturer of bespoke presentation boxes for Scotch Whisky and luxury products, Blue Box Design received Regional Selective Assistance through Scottish Enterprise for the £3 million project which will create an additional 10 jobs over the next four years.

Most recently, McLaren Packaging has been shortlisted in the Fastest Growing Family Business Award category of The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards. Held in association with Business Gateway, the awards will be presented at a formal awards dinner on the evening of Wednesday, December 4, 2019at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.

Left to right: Michael and Donald McLaren.

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