Lanarkshire firm presses ahead with investment

Paul Dunne

A North Lanarkshire-based business that started life trading out of a garage has expanded its customer offering by investing in silk screen printing techniques.

Label Tec Scotland was founded in March 1996 as a partnership. Initially, the business had just a small foiling machine which director Paul Dunne admits could “just about manage” to register two colours together.

In the early days, the plan was to find short run label work that the larger label printers were not interested in. The business spotted a gap in the market for such a service and started to grow, investing in more sophisticated foiling machines. 

The firm moved into a small part of a factory unit in Chapelhall, near Airdrie, and progressed to the point where it later bought the entire factory and subsequently expanded into the neighbouring unit. Today Label Tec describes itself as one of the few independent Scottish companies left in the label marketplace. The firm has 18 employees and has clients in a number of sectors including spirits, food and electronics.

“Today our machine park consists of eight foiling machines, three flexo presses printing up to eight colours, and the most advanced digital presses in the market,” Paul Dunne explained. 

“Silk screen printing has been our most recent investment, enabling Label Tec to offer highly embellished, decorative labels printed onto textured papers on self-adhesive rolls for hand or automatic application.”