Sheffield’s IML Labels & Systems, Longcombe Labels and Leed Marque Concepts have merged their businesses to create Dura-ID Solutions.

The deal has created a combined company able to offer a larger selection of products, with a larger customer reach and greater capacity to keep lead times down.

Established in 1936, IML Labels & Systems was a specialized label manufacturer with sites in Sheffield, Mansfield and St Ives. Specializing in products for metals, horticulture and printer systems, IML was one of the largest specialist manufacturers of high specification labels

Longcombe Labels was established in 1984, originally offering computer printable horticultural labeling systems. Longcombe Labels was also a large label manufacturer and specialized in horticultural labels alongside metal detectable and a number of leisure products such as wristbands and tickets.

Leed Marque Concepts – established in 2002 – operated predominantly through online shops and to provide small runs of custom printed labels for mostly health and safety applications.

Dura-ID Solutions will continue to manufacture labels for a variety of industries including, but not limited to: horticulture, metals, chemicals and food.

Dura-ID Solutions has a stated aim to ‘further revolutionize identification solutions’ across all its key sectors and will continue to focus on supplying high quality products and services to its client base. Dura-ID Solutions will continue to manufacture and supply specialist identification products and aims to make this transition period as smooth as possible for existing suppliers and customers

The three companies at the heart of Dura-ID Solutions have been owned as separate entities by Goonvean Holdings. The merger follows a successful year of sales for the three businesses involved. All the current workforce has been retained.

The combined Dura-ID Solutions business has sites in Sheffield, Paignton, Mansfield, Cambridge and Aycliffe, and annual revenues in excess of £14 million (US$19.4 million).

Shaun Higgins, managing director at IML Labels & Systems, said: ‘We are very enthusiastic about the new opportunities that this merger will bring to our company. The staff at all businesses are passionate about what they do, and it felt right to go through this change. Becoming Dura-ID Solutions means that we will be able to offer a more extensive product range to every industry we specialise within. We are all looking forward to our unified future as Dura-ID Solutions.’

Paul Harris, Longcombe Labels general manager, added: ‘This news comes from a keen interest in wanting to provide complete identification solutions for every industry, and as Dura-ID Solutions we can achieve that. Here at Longcombe Labels, all staff are proud to be joining forces and we look forward to what the future has in store for Dura-ID Solutions.’