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Million-pound investment marks milestone

Plastic Card Services, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of plastic cards and associated services, has celebrated 25 years in business with the completion of a £1 million investment.

The company has created a new digital production facility on its existing Cheshire manufacturing campus, part of Tytherington Business Village.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley was invited to officially ‘cut the ribbon’ on the new digital unit at an event which was combined with a celebratory silver anniversary BBQ for staff.

He said: “They are a great example of how a company can grow UK-wide, and, indeed, internationally, securing opportunities for the futures of local people. It is good to see how they have worked with their landlords, Orbit Developments, to expand their operations, yet stay in the Macclesfield area.”

PCS, which now employs 50 people, originally moved to Riverside within Orbit Developments’ portfolio, before relocating to Bank House in 1998, and finding their current space at Tytherington Business Village in 2000.

PCS managing director Adam Unsworth said: “We always strive to be at the forefront of the plastic card market; we knew the demand for shorter-run work was there from our existing customers and the investment in a digital facility was a natural next step for the firm. 

“In addition to selecting the very best in card production and finishing equipment, we ensured that each piece was compatible with our existing manufacturing lines, allowing us to double our overall output to 160 million cards per year, acting as a real step change for the business.”

To complement and enhance its digital offering, PCS has also created a web-to-print platform www.plasticcardhub.co.uk – a first for the market – which allows customers to price, design and upload artwork as well as buy cards online and receive them in just a few days.

PCS provides cards in various formats including standard credit card style, card and integrated fob, three-up fobs, hotel key cards, smart cards and radio-frequency identification) shielding cards, as well as associated card personalisation, artwork, data processing, mailing and fulfilment.

Benn Dickinson from Orbit Developments said: “PCS were a customer of ours long before they relocated to Tytherington Business Village, and it has been a pleasure to be part of their success story.”

On the wider changes at Tytherington Business Village, he added: “Over the past 12 months, we have invested a lot in making Tytherington Business Village an enjoyable place for all of our customers and their employees to be. We’ve introduced monthly food trucks, fitness classes and customer feedback sessions to bring a vibrancy to the park. It is uniquely placed to satisfy most workspace requirements – office, HQ or warehousing.”

Pictured: Tim Holt (co-owner of PCS), David Rutley MP, Rob Nicholls (co-owner of PCS), Andy Simpson (operations director) and Adam Unsworth (managing director of PCS).

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