Learoyd Packaging bought by Chicago firm

Burnley-based Learoyd Packaging, which ranked 60th in Lancashire Business View's Hot 100, has been bought by US firm Coveris.

83 LearoydThe firm, which employs 180 and registered a turnover of £20m,  is one of the UK’s leading flexographic print specialists, with clients including Seabrook Crisps, Warburtons, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.

Chicago-based Coveris is the world’s sixth largest packaging company.

Allan Ferguson, managing director at Learoyd, said: "Over recent years, we have invested in the long-term growth of the company to develop a state of the art facility with extensive design capabilities as well as training and development for our staff.

"The backing of Coveris will enable us to deliver accelerated growth in a market which offers considerable expansion and cross-selling opportunities both in the UK and internationally." Mark Lapping, president of Coveris’ UK Food & Consumer business, said: "Learoyd has built an enviable market reputation for flexible packaging through its innovative culture, focus on best practice and strong management team. Through our aligned capabilities in flexographic print, Coveris’ investment in Learoyd will offer our customers greater access to first-class technology and an extensive knowledge base."