US thermal laminates, unsupported films and thermal laminating systems supplier Nobelus has acquired the film division of McKinleys Group, giving it a foothold in the European market, based in Newmarket, Suffolk, UK.

Nobelus’s partners have acquired a majority interest in the film division of McKinleys Group and a new entity, Nobelus Europe, will trade from the Newmarket site and will function independently of McKinleys Group, which will continue distributing packaging supplies.

The new company says that European print service providers will gain direct access to a greater range of finishing materials in the Nobelus product portfolio, and current Nobelus customers in Europe will be able to offer brands greater consistency across different products regardless of geographic location. Nobelus will offer European customers the same dedicated service and support North American customers currently receive, including personalised consultations, technical support and access to experienced solutions experts.

 Jeremy Fentiman, managing director of Nobelus Europe, stated, ‘This exciting development formalises a long-standing partnership between Nobelus and McKinleys Group. McKinleys Group has represented Nobelus in the UK and Europe for nearly 10 years, and the two have been joined at the hip. Nobelus is a market leader in lamination technology in North America, and this acquisition provides a significant opportunity to firmly establish the Nobelus brand in Europe.’

‘The entire Nobelus team is excited about the opportunities a new continent will provide,’ added Steve Truan, global CEO of Nobelus. ‘We are growing again, and expansion in Europe opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the innovative finishing films, equipment, methods, and sustainable products that we have developed over the past eight years.’