Rigid box specialist Pollard Boxes has announced that it has acquired the trading name, business and assets of Clarke Rubicon Ltd.
Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, Clarke Rubicon is a leading presentation packaging manufacturer supplying a wide range of products to both the retail and commercial sectors. Pollard Boxes was founded in 1969 and is one of Europe’s top rigid box manufacturers, specialising in the design and production of innovative packs for the luxury drinks, beauty and personal care, gift, multi-media, publishing, and games markets.
The deal brings together two innovative businesses with complementary skills and expertise to offer customers the widest choice of packaging solutions and enhanced levels of service and support.
Clarke Rubicon will continue to trade under its name from its site in Stephenson Industrial Estate, Coalville, and retain its existing management team, while benefitting from the full resources and support of the Pollard Boxes group.
The combined operation makes Pollard Boxes the largest producer of rigid boxes in the UK as well as one of the largest throughout Europe. The company’s manufacturing capabilities now comprise 13 fully automated box making lines along with a further four American box making lines.
“We are delighted to welcome Clarke Rubicon into the Pollard group,” comments Pollard Boxes managing director Mark Pollard.
“The company has a deserved reputation for the quality of its products and services and, working together, we will be able to further enhance and develop our capabilities to provide our customers with unparalleled levels of technical excellence from a UK manufacturer. We are especially pleased that the Clarke Rubicon management team of David Warren, Jim Burton and Phil Kendal are all remaining with the business.”
“This offers additional opportunities for Clarke Rubicon and its employees,” adds Jim Burton, managing director, Clarke Rubicon. “We have long admired the Pollard business model, and look forward to playing our part in the successful development of the combined businesses.
“Our customers will continue to deal with our own sales people while at the same time having access to an even wider range of facilities and expertise to provide the highest quality packaging solutions.”