2023 is a very special year for Crewe, Cheshire based Medica Packaging as 100 years ago our story began. It is also a very significant year as it is our 30th anniversary since the birth of the Medica Packaging brand.
1953- The Calmic Group who were manufacturing chemists acquired Frank Cottrell Printers as, they had already built a strong working relationship and wanted a commercial printer on board.
Sadly during the Second World War Frank Cottell passed away and thereby his son Frank Cottrell (Junior) who was already involved within the business took over the company.
1956- The printing company moved to the Crewe Hall Estate and, in 1964 a specially built premises on the east side of the Crewe Hall Estate was developed for Frank Cottrell Printers to move into. This increased manufacturing space generating more opportunities for the printers.
1966 – The Calmic Group was acquired by the Wellcome Foundation Limited. The printers carried on running under the name Frank Cottrell Printers as the Wellcome Foundation also owned two other printers Clunbury Press and Tabloid Press.
1975- Frank Cottrell and Clunbury Press merged. Also at around this time Frank Cottrell (Junior) retired and Terry McCurley the Managing Director of Clunbury Press became Managing Director.
1985 – The decision was made to focus 100% on pharmaceutical printing and packaging. Required accreditations were attained during the late 1980’s early 1990’s.
Sadly Frank Cottrell (Junior) passed away in 1993.
On the 27th June 1993 Wellcome Print and Packaging Limited moved to a private ownership and became Medica Packaging Limited. John Beardmore (previously Sales Manager) now became Managing Director.