History

A Brief History of Slater Harrison & Co. Ltd

1929:     Slater Harrison was established in Bollington, originally producing laminated display boards for hand-written window signs.

1930s:   The company moved to, and purchased, its current premises at Lowerhouse Mills.

1937:     Our first paper coating machine was commissioned.

1941:     The company was purchased by L S Dixon Group, who have owned it ever since. The current chairman is Colin Dixon, great-grandson of Mr L S Dixon.

1960s:   We established the DayGlo® brand as the global leader in fluorescent paper and board. Marketed today as CenturaNeon, this product continues to inspire designers and consumers worldwide.

1981:     The first picture-framing boards were laminated and the ColourMount brand launched. This range remains a UK market leader and is sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

1999: The launch of our EduCraft brand brought together a range of education products covering all levels from pre-school to art college. These UK-manufactured products remain a leading brand despite competition from imported ranges.

2000:     The aptly-named CenturaPearl product range was launched, featuring pearlescent coatings that are non-metallic and recyclable with a wide range of uses including envelopes, luxury packaging and craft applications.

2000:     The acquisition of Webmaster Ltd heralded our expansion into self-adhesive, film coating and narrow-width slitting operations. Webmaster now trades as a standalone company within the L S Dixon group, sharing the premises at Lowerhouse Mills.

2017:     CenturaPack features a range of non-metallic, recyclable boards for the packaging market, offering an attractive and cost-effective alternative to metallised polyester embellishment for luxury packaging applications.

2018:     CenturaMatt joins the Centura range, with a range of matt coated card and paper specifically designed for the graphics and greetings industry.

Today:  The business is headed by managing director James Braddock and continues to invest and innovate to maintain our position as the “go-to” convertor for a wide range of products and services.