We are the UK’s leading independent supplier of specialised coated films
We manufacture release liners
Release liners are the invisible enablers behind the manufacture of a wide range of products across a myriad of markets and industries. Our market and product know-how means we provide innovative release liners to customers across the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
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We were established in Cheltenham in 1942 by ex-RAF pilot Leonard Stace, who developed rubber-coated cloth to make self-seal and bullet-proof linings for aircraft fuel tanks.
In the early 1960’s release coated silicones were being developed for use against pressure-sensitive adhesives and Mr Stace started making release-coated papers suitable for producing self-adhesive laminates such as Fablon (sticky back plastic, loved by the BBC’s Blue Peter programme) and bulk release films. This means we have over 80 years' experience in coating, using advanced coating technologies in facilities that produce both speciality and bulk release films.
80 years of experience
We have flexible manufacturing capabilities
We are a full service provider offering sourcing, printing, coating and converting.
Our flexible manufacturing equipment allows rapid development of bespoke solutions.
We are built around technical expertise
At Advanced Coated Products we recognise that individual customers within each market have very different needs. Our philosophy is to work in close cooperation with our customers to provide tailored solutions meeting the specific demands of their organisation. We are highly experienced in technical development, enabling joint product development and innovation with our customers.
It's all about our customers...
... because you drive everything we do
Our philosophy is to be customer centred and to provide tailored solutions to build lasting, fruitful relationships.
We seek to achieve customer service excellence through our quality culture, employee involvement in all disciplines & commitment to total customer satisfaction.
Our aim is to contribute to our customer's success by developing added-value products and services which will give them a competitive edge to succeed in their markets.
We deliver quality assured products
We are an ISO 9001:2015 certified organisation, with the customer certainty that this delivers. Our complete product traceability delivers compliance, while continuously monitored service levels focus our efforts towards our aim of Customer Delight.
Over 80 years of experience, we have a rich history
Leonard Stace developed synthetic rubber-coated textiles to make self-seal linings for aircraft fuel tanks, supplying government contracts during the war.
Stace secured a licence with Shell to manufacture anti-corrosion papers called VPIs (Vapour Phase Inhibitors)
The business moved to the current site and began working with silicones that were being introduced for release purposes, such as bakery tray liners
Release coating silicones developed for use against pressure sensitive adhesives. Stace started making release coated papers suitable for producing self adhesive laminates such as Fablon (“sticky back plastic” – loved by BBC’s Blue Peter)
Company moves away from solvents and into UV curing
Advanced Coated Products Ltd (ACP) formed through the sale of API Coated Products to Tri-Q.
Acquired by API Group and continued the development of its product range in coated film, paper and anti-corrosion products
API acquires NMC Coatings and Arnold Belford, with operations amalgamated into the Cheltenham site
Acquired by Brightborough Capital Limited
Exit from bulk paper activities
Disposal of the bakery division and re-focusing on developing and supplying high-quality speciality filmic release liners