Consortium of trade finishers agree Celloglas deal

Dara Changizi

RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP has accepted an offer from a consortium of trade finishers for the business and assets of Celloglas Ltd, a specialist in coatings, lamination, foiling, die-cutting, and folder make up

The move has been tipped to result in the ‘most comprehensive range of postpress services becoming available for customers from Lands End to John o’ Groats’.

Dara Changizi, a personal investor in the venture and also director of ACA, a packaging postpress specialist in Glasgow, said, “I see strong synergies for our respective companies moving forward. By working together, we become a stronger and more sustainable operation with reduced overheads, a broader spread of services and expertise to support customers.”

Celloglas has sites in Leeds, Leicester and Reading. ACA has a base in Glasgow.

ACA can supplement the services provided by Celloglas with over 70 different processes, including folder gluing, nested tray production, and a sterile BRCGS unit. ACA will also be able to supply Celloglas with dies and formes to reduce costs.

The deal means all equipment and intellectual property, including the Mirri brand, will be retained.

Dara Changizi, Ian Fergusson and Richard Pinkney will all be stakeholders and directors of the new Celloglas. Richard Pinkney said, “The losses sustained and the borrowings raised just to get the business through the pandemic, followed by a tripling of energy costs in late 2023 and a hike in the cost of living, put Celloglas in an impossible position. The team tried everything to trade through this period and to recover. We reduced headcount by 20% during Covid, sold surplus plant and attempted to refinance the business. However, once it became clear that refinancing was not a viable option and our bank could offer no further support, we had no choice but to engage RSM and look for new investors.

Richard Pinkney

“Unfortunately, the last year has seen the demise of many postpress trade houses. We sincerely apologise to suppliers that have been left unpaid. We have had good relationship with customers and suppliers and will do what we can to ensure they get the fairest outcome. It’s also clearly been a difficult time for our staff  and we appreciate their loyalty and patience, despite uncertainty during the sale period. Their support has helped maintain customer service standards throughout.”

Ian Fergusson added, “Specialist finishing trade companies are still needed and by adapting and offering the widest range of services and more ecological solutions we believe our future now looks very bright.”