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: Centura is exhibited at numerous product events. Centura features a range of non-metallic, recyclable paper and boards for the packaging market, offering an attractive and cost-effective alternative to metallised polyester embellishment for luxury packaging applications.
2018: 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.
Today: CenturaReflect is the newest addition to the luxury coated family. It is an exceptionally smooth, high gloss metal effect range that is plastic free and contains no metallic pigments, making it a fully sustainable solution for premium packaging, stationery and graphics.