Smith Anderson's Heritage

  • To date 2013+

    Smith Anderson continues to develop their recyclable and sustainable philosophy. The Group employs over 200 people and turnover exceeds £20M. Smith Anderson continues to be a major manufacturing employer within the UK.

  • July 2013 Relocation

    Smith Anderson Group completes the relocation from its historic home of Falkland after some 45 years. The company’s original home (since 1859) at Leslie in Fife was vacated in 2007. All operations are now based at our new site in Rosslyn Commerce Park, Mitchelston Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

  • November 2012 Lovin' It

    Smith Anderson is named as McDonald’s UK Supplier of the Year. This superb accolade was presented at an Annual Dinner in London, where the company fought off stiff competition from over 120 other suppliers. The award coincides with a successful conclusion of the latest contract to supply McDonald’s in the UK and various markets in Europe for a further 3 years. This contract will see Smith Anderson become the first supplier to McDonald’s UK to reach 40 years’ service in 2016 and will be worth over £35m.

  • 2012 A New Year

    Having successfully moved the office facilities to the new site in August, the company invests further in a new Holweg machine to significantly enhance the film front side window portfolio of bags, especially popular in Scandinavia. Smith Anderson also sign a historic joint venture with Andersen’s of Norway to further cement the relationship which sees exclusive distribution of our bags within the entire Scandinavian marketplace.

  • 2011 UK’s largest paper bag manufacturer

    Smith Anderson purchase Rosslyn Commerce Park from Insite Properties for an undisclosed sum. This 120,000 sq ft ‘state of the art’ single storey facility is customised for ‘lean’ paper bag manufacture over the next 18 months, to house over 45 bag making machines. The fully integrated range of bags ensures Smith Anderson remain the UK’s largest paper bag manufacturer, focussing on their core visions of innovation, quality and service.

  • 2008 2 billion paper bags per year

    After a very challenging time since mid-2006 the Packaging Company is ‘hived up’ into The Group to form a single entity, whose primary function is the production of 2 billion paper bags per year.

  • June 2006 Prevailing against very tough odds

    Smith, Anderson & Co Ltd known as Fettykil Paper Mill falls into receivership, with the loss of 160 jobs. The demise of the paper making arm of the Group is blamed on a meteoric rise in energy costs within the UK not matched in Europe. This is a very sad and challenging time for the entire group originally established in 1859. The Packaging Company prevails against very tough odds.

  • 2005-2006

    The Group’s Envelope Subsidiary which comprises 3 companies (Eagle, Trimfold & Express Envelopes) is successfully sold to Mayer Kuvert (Germany)

  • 2000

    During 2000 the Group transfers its bag manufacturing, packaging, import factoring and printing businesses to a new 100% wholly owned subsidiary - Smith Anderson Packaging Limited.

  • 1999 Warm Welcome to Express Envelopes

    To round off the 20th Century, Smith Anderson made the acquisition of Express Envelopes based in the Midlands to enhance the speed of delivery of orders to the UK and leading stationery markets.

  • 1997 Sustainability with Securecycle

    With the increased demand for recyclable materials, Smith Anderson developed their Recycling Plant, Securecycle, with an accredited security shredding unit.

  • 1996 Cost effective imported products

    Import Factoring of polythene bags is developed with a new distribution base at Houghton Regis to meet the needs of the new superstores and major retailers using cost effective imported products.

  • 1995 Trimfold Limited

    Irish envelope makers Trimfold Limited is acquired to develop the envelope market specialising in printing and bespoke products.

  • 1936 - David Verden-Anderson
  • 1932 - 1989 William John Verden-Anderson
  • 1985 Eagle Envelopes Limited

    The wholly owned subsidiary of Smith Anderson, Eagle Envelopes Limited in Bathgate is established to enable further diversification and penetration into the UK envelope markets, utilising the benefits of integrated paper production.

  • 1899 - 1982 Eric Verden-Anderson
  • 1982 Meeting the demands of High Volume Packaging

    With the acquisition of Erichtside Works, Blairgowrie, the company adds the production of high-density polythene bags to meet the demand for high volume packaging.

  • 1980's Renovations

    The 80's saw a period of continued investment, transforming the Paper Mill into a truly modern and efficient production unit. Both No 2 and No 4 MG Machines were rebuilt to enable the company to compete with the very best mills in Europe.
    Investment then focussed on the development of waste processing which allowed the mill to remain at the forefront of production technology.

  • 1972 Polythene Packaging

    The company diversifies into polythene packaging with the installation of modern extrusion, printing and conversion of carrier bags at its Falkland site to meet the new demand for point of sale carriers from the High Street retailers.

  • 1968 St John's Works

    Smith Anderson's expanding paper bag production is further developed with the purchase of St John's Works, Falkland, formerly a linoleum factory, five miles north of Leslie.

  • 1960's Period of Consolidation

    The 1960's saw a period of consolidation in the UK paper industry following the introduction of EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and the new competitive pressures from Scandinavia. Smith Anderson's expertise in recycling developed during the war years enabled them to survive and indeed grow through their ability to use waste as a major source of raw material and to capitalise on the growth in demand for its integrated production of paper bags.

  • 1939-45 War effort

    Fettykil Mill made a considerable contribution to the war effort. With the shortage of imported wood pulp, Smith Anderson adapted and developed the art of recycling fibres such as waste paper, boiled straw and rags.

  • 1877 - 1939 John Cameron Anderson
  • 1907

    At the time of his death in 1907 Charles Anderson was the sole owner of Smith, Anderson & Co Limited having acquired the shares from the two other original shareholders. Being a bachelor he left his considerable fortune to charity with rights being given to the Anderson family to purchase the company within seven years, which they duly took up.

  • 1880's-90's Rapid Growth

    Under Charles Anderson's inspired management the company grew rapidly utilising modern water turbines making Smith Anderson one of the first British companies to utilise electricity as a power source. A new purpose built bag factory was completed incorporating the first automated bag producing machines designed by Charles Anderson who was known as both an entrepreneur and an inventor.

  • 1833 - 1907 Charles Anderson
  • 1859 Birth of Smith Anderson

    W Tullis and J Smith, who brought in Charles Anderson, a young lawyer from Edinburgh to manage the business, purchased Levenbank Paper Mill and it's two paper machines. The total capital of £6000 was divided into three equal shares of £2000.
    From 1813  -Smith Anderson's Leslie location can trace its history as far back as 1813 when it is known that around 50 people were involved in the production of flax lint. By the end of the 1840's paper was being produced at the Mill and it was renamed Levenbank Paper Mill.