At Discovery Flexibles we are very proud of our history, Here’s our story….
We have been manufacturing on this site since 1866. The factory was known as Wellfield Works and was owned by William Fergusson & Sons, manufacturers of Jute.
Dundee is famous for the three J’s JUTE, JAM, JOURNALISM.
By the 1950’s we were owned by Low & Bonar a very successful Dundee based company with factories throughout the city. We started printing and bag making back in 1955 making us one of the oldest flexible packaging companies in the UK.
The move from Jute into plastics converting was absolutely cutting edge in its day and evidences the long and proud history of innovation that keeps us at the forefront of our industry today.
Entirely self sufficient and before computers were used we even had the facility to create our own designs using the art studio on site (shown above)!
In 1957 Flexo Printing was introduced to complement the Gravure printing and bag making facility.
Looking on to 1963 Polyethelene Extrusion commenced on-site making us one of first companies in the UK to supply the marketplace!
Part of the reason why we are so proud of our past is the high level of innovation within our industry. In 1970 we commenced PVdC Coating with two new coaters. This made us the first in UK!
So onto 1976 and we started inline Coldseal production –yes you’ve guessed it we were first in UK!
That innovation continued on through the seventies and into the eighties with introduction of solvent free lamination in 1984- yet again our company, known as Bonar Packaging Films at the time, was the first in the UK to offer this to our customers.
A name change in 1989 saw us become Bonar Flexible Packaging after Low & Bonar bought Bemrose in Derby a few years earlier.
Very soon afterwards – 1990 saw a joint venture between Low & Bonar and Constantia with a name change soon afterwards to Bonar Teich Flexibles Limited.
Racing on to 1997 and we became 100% owned by Constantia and changed our name again ! This time to Teich Flexibles UK Limited.
In 2002 another JV takes place. A new name follows soon after…we become Danapak Flexibles UK Limited
We were sold by the Constantia Group into private ownership mid 2008 and became Discovery Flexibles Ltd.
Bringing it all up to date. In February 2019 we were sold to our then General Manager, Jimmy Urquhart to take the business forward in a different direction. Jimmy has been with the business since starting as an apprentice in 1984. With our roots firmly planted in the city of Dundee and with its historic links we continue to drive the business forward