Over 170 Years Experience

We have an enviable reputation in innovation, sustainability and customer service which has been acquired during our 170 years of experience in the labels, tickets and tag industry.

Customer Journey

About Us

We are pressure sensitive label, ticket and tag material manufacturers with over 170 years experience. We don’t only make pressure-sensitive materials, we make a difference. Our sector-leading expertise, knowledge and resources guarantee you are provided with the most effective materials. Our commitment to speed and flexibility allows us to deliver your projects on time, on spec and within your budget.

Who do we supply?

As a respected manufacturer of materials for pressure sensitive self-adhesive labels (PSLs), tickets and tags, we supply materials to a wide-variety of industries and companies including:

  • Leading retailers
  • Global beverage brands
  • Food manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Security printers 
  • Logistics service providers
  • Automotive manufacturers

We are recognised for our market-leading position in the supply of digital-ready label stock, environmentally progressive materials, and our growing influence in the wine and spirits market for pressure sensitive label (PSL) materials.

Explore our Manufacturing Capabilities

All of our pressure sensitive labels, tickets and tag materials are manufactured on-site at our facility in Johnstone, explore the manufacturing capabilities we have on-site today.

Our History

1849 - Founded in Scotland by Richard Smith & Peter McLaurin

1966 - We were the World's largest manufacturer of record labels

1971 - Our hand-made gummed paper went to moon as it was was used as signage inside the Apollo space craft

1990 - We were the self-adhesive label stock supplier for British Rail & British Airways

2007 - We were the first manufacturer of self-adhesive labelstock to gain dual FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody certification

2009 - We developed a digital range for HP webstream presses

2012 - We introduced our range of water base Inkjet materials

2020 - First manufacturer of self adhesive labelstock in Europe to gain approval from Returpack and Infinitum for Purity Wash range of adhesives

2021 - Launching our range of sustainability products, namely ecoPack & PurityWash

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Meet our board of directors below, you can also meet our full team of trusted advisors on our meet our team page.

Our people

Allan McLaughlin

Allan McLaughlin  Chairman

Allan has been the Chairman of Smith & McLaurin since 2009, having originally joined the Board in 2005. He led a management buy-out of the company in 2013 and is responsible for the strategic direction of the business.

Tel: +44 (0) 1505 707725
Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy  Managing Director

Pat joined Smith & McLaurin in 2018 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2021. Pat brings extensive operational and technical knowledge to the business, having worked in several diverse industries throughout his career.

Tel: +44 (0) 1505 707717
John Radford

John Radford  Sales Director

John oversees our UK & European Sales Teams and Agents. He has over 25 years experience of working in the self-adhesive market.

Tel: +44 (0) 7904 369 155
David Hollas

David Hollas  Director - Supply Chain & Commercial

With over 20 years experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management in a number of sectors, David heads our Materials Purchasing and Planning department. He is also in charge of the logistics and warehousing facilities, in the UK and overseas.

Tel: +44 (0) 1505 707733

Contact Our Team

  1. Cartside Mill, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland, PA10 2AF
  2. 01505 707700
  3. info@smcl.co.uk
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