About Us

We are Cambrian Packaging: the UK’s leading suppliers and experts in rigid plastic packaging solutions. We partner up with businesses and organisations throughout the country to transform their approach to packaging; working to provide next-gen packaging solutions that are sustainable, cost-effective and guaranteed to perform.

Who we are

We’re more than just a packaging specialist. We work within your budgetary, brand and product requirements to supply packaging solutions that bring out the best qualities in your business. Whether you want to upgrade your packaging or go 100% recyclable, you can count on Cambrian.
Privately owned and family-run, plastic packaging is in our DNA. Our passion for packaging innovation has allowed us to become a market leader in the supply of trigger sprayers manufactured in the UK and Europe, along with a range of superior-quality plastic spray bottles to suit.
Here at Cambrian, we understand that consumer preferences demand action on pollution. That’s why we’re stepping up to the mark with a range of solutions that are sustainable, recyclable and totally exempt from Plastic Packaging Tax. Don’t get left behind as the world evolves. Give your customers and your product the packaging they deserve!
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Yes - We’re Carbon Neutral!

Cambrian Packaging is proud to be the first and only plastic packaging supplier in the UK market to be awarded Carbon Neutral Status, and we’re passionate about helping our customers achieve the same certification. By making some simple yet significant changes to your packaging strategy and everyday processes, you can join us in transforming how industry interacts with plastic packaging. Let’s cut carbon together – it’s the least our planet deserves.

What We Do

Based in the hills of Powys in Newtown, Mid-Wales, we work with companies across virtually all sectors of industry across all areas of the United Kingdom. From bespoke packaging consultations through to sourcing, distribution and delivery, your packaging is our passion.

We take the time to understand your product, its unique requirements and how your customers will interact with it.
We work with UK and European manufacturers to source your packaging rapidly, reliably and at a price acceptable to you.
Your packaging will be the first sign of the quality & standard of your product. That’s why we propose only the best solutions available.
Our logistical capacity allows us to distribute packaging solutions with some of the fastest lead times on the market. Try us!
Trigger spray heads. Revolve dosing bottles. Fine mist sprayers. Jerry cans. Regardless of your challenge, we’ve got the solution.

Our Values

Our values are more than mere words. Our values are guiding principles for virtually everything that we do and every customer that we deal with. Forget impersonal calls and lengthy delays: our values put you, the customer, first.

We work to our full potential and take responsibility.

Develop and embrace new ways to offer our products and services.

We are able and willing to adapt and change.

Show courage and purpose in everything we do.

We ensure our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

Meet the Team

As the market’s leading expert in plastic packaging supplies, we wouldn’t have reached the point we’re at today without our dynamic team of packaging pros. Bringing together a range of committed, creative experts, our team ensures your experience with Cambrian is a positive one.
Callum Baker
Sales Manager
Jayden Paynter
Sales Executive
Kieran Lewis
Sales Executive
Rio Newton

Sales Executive

Diego Newton

Sales Executive

Sidney Peters

Sales Support

Emily Bryant

Customer Care Team Leader
Julie Morgan
Customer Care

Robyn Rutter

Customer Care

Mike Simpson
Managing Director
Adair Simpson
Commercial Director
Tyler Simpson
R&D Director

Dan Aftowicz

Warehouse Supervisor

Michael Murray

Quality and Compliance Manager

Nicola Gatley
Finance, IT and HR Director
Alun Davies
Accounts Manager
Jade Owen
Finance Analyst
Fiona Jones
Supply Chain
Co-ordinator
Carlo Newton

Operations Assistant

Alex Gries

Marketing Executive

Chloe Jewell

Procurement Assistant

Georgia Jackson

Purchasing Assistant

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Plastic Packaging Tax is currently set at a rate of £210.82 per metric tonne. This tax applied to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported to the UK where the plastic used in its manufacture is less than 30% recycled.

With consumer habits changing and demanding more solutions to the growing pollution crisis, these costs are expected to rise.
By switching to Cambrian’s Zero Plastic Packaging Tax range, companies can avoid paying 100% of these costs whilst taking one step closer to reaching their sustainability goals.
Reduce your Plastic Packaging Tax costs to zero, and set a positive and pioneering example in your industry. Let’s do it together!

Our History

Here at Cambrian, we’re proud of who we are and our decades of heritage in the world of plastic packaging. We take our name from our Welsh homeland, with our family-run premises based in the rolling green hills of Powys in Newtown, Mid-Wales. Our reputation has been one of excellence, and the story behind reaching that reputation is one we love to tell…

  • 1993
    BUSINESS ESTABLISHED IN NEWTOWN, POWYS

    Cambrian was founded by current chairman Martin Simpson and his son Mike, both of whom were new to the packaging industry.

    Our early days saw us stock and distribute bottles and jars for the hair and beauty industry, all listed in our priced catalogues. We rapidly developed a reputation for ‘best-in-class’ products and steady growth followed. Cambrian soon became the trusted packaging partner for companies of all sizes and across a diversity of sectors.

  • 1999
    MOVE TO UNIT 32

    Running out of space to meet the ever-growing demand, we relocated to a much bigger facility on the Mochdre Industrial Estate in Newtown. Plastic bottles are bulky to store!
  • 1999
    CAMBRIAN SECURES UK DISTRIBUTORSHIP OF CANYON TRIGGERS

    Canyon Europe is the leading UK manufacturer of trigger spray heads, and since 1999 we’ve been the exclusive UK stockist of their products. To this day we enjoy a strong and positive business relationship.

  • 1999
    GUALA DISTRIBUTORSHIP AWARDED TO CAMBRIAN

    As the 90s drew to a close, we also became the sole UK stockist and distributor for another leading manufacturer – Guala Dispensing. Guala is known for introducing snap-on trigger spray heads. We enjoy a close working relationshiop and our partnership has seen both companies go from strength to strength.

  • 2000
    A BOLD START TO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

    Cambrian marked the millennium by investing in our first tooling for an HDPE bottle. The resulting 1000ml specialist soap bottle is still a stock item with regular custom.

  • 2002
    THE INTRODUCTION OF A BEST SELLER

    In 2002, we received a commission to design a 1000ml plastic bottle to dispense toilet cleaner. The result was an angled neck bottle that is filled while in the vertical position and is still a core product today.

  • 2003
    ANOTHER FIRST: PET TOOLING

    We received a brief from a nationally recognised brand to create a 500ml PET spray bottle for their new range. The resulting product was an attractive spray bottle that has been used by many companies and is still in production. 

  • 2005
    THE ‘PHASER’ AND ‘SUMO’ SPRAY BOTTLES COME TO LIFE

    During the mid-noughties, Cambrian purchased the tooling to create two further trigger spray bottle designs. The resulting ‘Sumo’ (300ml and 500ml) and ‘Phaser’ (500ml and 750ml) bottles are available to order.

  • 2006
    A NEW TRADITION ESTABLISHED WITH THE ‘SEVERN’ JERRY CAN

    Cambrian’s naming convention was established in 2006 with the naming of our 1 litre jerry can after the river that flows through our hometown, Newtown – The Severn. Many of our proprietary products now carry Welsh place names.

  • 2007
    ACQUISITION OF CONTAINERS DIRECT

    After years of healthy cooperation, we acquired Newcastle-based Containers Direct, a fellow distributor of bottles and containers. This move strengthened our supply lines and allowed us to expand our product range.

  • 2007
    SECOND WAREHOUSE SET UP

    The year ended with the purchase of a second warehouse, enabling us to store more bulky plastic bottles. Warehouse 2 is now used for storage of selected product ranges.

     

  • 2009
    ‘ELAN’, OUR MOST POPULAR TRIGGER SPRAY BOTTLE RANGE IS BORN

    During 2009, we established tooling for our most popular trigger spray bottle range – the Elan. Available in 500ml and 750ml sizes, the Elan range quickly became a favourite for retail products due to its attractive design and positive ergonomics.

  • 2012
    ‘SNOWDON’ TOOLING COMMISSIONED

    A growing requirement for 1000ml waisted plastic bottle foe use with trigger sprays prompted us to invest in tooling for the Snowdon range – a range that has been in demand ever since.

  • 2014
    1000ML ‘ELAN’ SPRAY BOTTLE VARIANT ADDED

    Early in 2014 we expanded the ‘Elan’ range to include a 1000ml bottle. This created the first family of spray bottles spanning 500ml to 1000ml.

  • 2014
    ‘BRECON’ IS LAUNCHED

    2014 saw us successfully extend our own-mould products beyond the spray world once again, with the launch of the ‘Brecon’ range of rectangular plastic bottles, perfect for industrial requirements.

  • 2014
    WELCOMING THE THIRD GENERATION

    In August, Cambrian welcomed Adair Simpson into the Sales team– the first of a third generation of the Simpson family to contribute to the success of Cambrian Packaging.

  • 2014
    ‘CONWAY’ TOOLING COMMISSIONED

    Development of the now highly popular Conway range took place as a result of a specific customer requirement for a distinctive spray bottle design in small sizes (300ml and 500ml) with a choice of necks.

  • 2015
    A UK FIRST WITH FLAIROSOL

    Our speciality has always been in spray dispensing, so we were thrilled to become a stockist of the cutting-edge Flairosol range, a system of airless 360° spray dispensers and bottles.

  • 2016
    NEW YEAR, NEW NAME

    During 2016, we re-branded as Cambrian Packaging to reflect our evolving focus. Over the years, our range had diversified into all manner of packaging and our old name, ‘Cambrian Containers’, no longer reflected our offering.

  • 2016
    CUTTING THE RIBBON ON OUR ONLINE SHOP

    Later in the year, we launched our first e-commerce facility. We continued to refine the shop late into 2016 and then pushed it live on our new website.

  • 2017
    500ML CERI TOOLING COMMISSIONED

    Tooling for our ‘Ceri’ range of 500ml and 750ml plastic spray bottles was completed in spring 2017 and immediately found favour with national brands.

  • 2017
    ECYCLE™

    As international concern mounted over sustainability, we responded by specifying a new breed of cylindrical and spray bottles, made from 100% recycled HDPE.

    The requirement for packaging containing recycled materials is set to rise considerably and the public seek answers to littering and pollution problems. 

  • 2017
    INTRODUCTION OF EASYSPRAY

    In 2017, we were pleased to introduce a unique thumb-operated trigger head to our range. This spray head reduces actuation effort by 50%.

  • 2014/2018
    GROWTH OF TRIGGERS AND SPARY BOTTLES TRADE

    Our focus paid off! Records show that our supply of trigger spray heads and bottles had grown from 26% to 45% of turnover since 2014.

  • 2018
    500ML & 1000ML PET CYLINDRICAL TOOLING COMMISSIONED

    Late 2018 saw us invest in tooling for 500ml and 1000ml PET bottles in the classic cylindrical design, especially popular in the auto care and household product sectors.

  • AUTUMN 2019
    NEW WEBSITE COMMISSIONED

    As the decade drew to a close, we celebrated by commissioning a new website. Increased demand and an ever-growing product range meant that we had outgrown our old site.

  • January 2020
    LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE.

    At the start of the 2020s, the new website was launched, further improving our user experience by making it easier than ever for customers to find their perfect packaging solution.

  • Spring and summer 2020
    Support of essential services.

    Throughout the first COVID-19 lockdown Cambrian continued to serve the customer base prioritising supply of bottles and dispensers to customers supplying the healthcare and pharma sectors. We appreciate the hard work of all colleagues during this difficult period.

    Great respect is due to the NHS and care sector for their selfless and strenuous efforts to minimise the effects of the pandemic.

  • August 2020
    New 250ml PET bottle

    We enhanced our PET cylindrical range with the addition of a 250ml version and took the decision to specify a 28/410 neck to enable the bottle to be combined with a 28mm lotion pump - supporting delivery of hand sanitisers that have become a feature of daily life.

  • October 2020
    Additional Elan range tooling.

    The Elan range of spray bottles continues to be popular so in order to stay abreast of increasing demand, additional tooling was invested in for the 500ml and 750ml variants. We chose UK-manufactured stainless steel moulds for a quality finish and maximum useful life.

  • January 2021

    For a while customers have been asking for a PET version of the popular 500ml Elan spray bottle and we're pleased to oblige. As always, we've worked with UK companies on the tooling and manufacture.

  • SPRING 2021

    Due PET being easily recyclable, bottles in this material became a regular request from custimers so we added further options to our stock range in a variety of designs. 

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    June 2021

    New hard copy product guide.

    Many customers ask for a physical reference tool to help in choosing packaging, we were happy to oblige! 

    Click HERE for your copy. 

  • Zero Plastic Packaging Tax Logo

    August 2021

    Ahead of the Plastic Packaging Tax due to be applied April 2022, we started the introduction of product variants incorporating 30% PCR (post consumer recyclate) material. These products will have zero liability for the tax. 

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    September 2021

    In response to customers making enquiries about the detail of the pending Plastic Packaging Tax we published a whitepaper on the subject. Developments published by HMRC during October 2021 resulted in our updating the info - for a copy, click HERE

  • January 2022

    Our popular Elan spray bottle range now includes the 500ml and 750ml 28/410 necked versions with inclusion of 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled) HDPE polymer which will avoid any extra cost under the Plastic Packaging Tax. Click HERE for details.
  • Zero Plastic Packaging Tax Logo

    May 2022

    The Plastic Packaging Tax is now live and being applied to products as appropriate. Our ZER0 range has been expanded and now includes bottles from 50ml up to 5 litres, 21 options in total. Watch this space for further developments! 

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