Our Heritage

Our Story

Filtrona has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 1854 when Moritz Bunzl opened his haberdashery business in Bratislava under the brand name “Bunzl”.
 
In the late 1920s, Bunzl began commercial filter production and by 1927, had formalised its manufacturing process.
 
The first dedicated facility was established in Jarrow, UK in 1948. Bunzl grew internationally by establishing a presence in the US in the 1950s and expanding into Asia in the 1970s and 1980s. The name Filtrona was adopted in 1979 and was also adopted by the Group of manufacturing companies that were demerged from Bunzl in 2005.
 
In 2013, the Company changed its name to Essentra plc to reflect its diversification into industrial components. In November 2022, the successful filters and tapes divisions were acquired by new owner Centaury Management Limited and rebranded as Filtrona again to acknowledge its rich legacy of innovative products.
Today, Filtrona has 11 manufacturing facilities, three Innovation Centres, one accredited laboratory, and a Centre of Excellence focused on sustainability. We are truly a global partner that helps our customers with an extensive range of solutions for filters, tapes and scientific services.
 
Our history is distinguished and our future is promising.

Our Story Timeline

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Fortify Reinforcement Range

Our SupaStrip® and RippaTape® ranges were not only developed to provide superior easy opening solutions, they also deliver reinforcement to Fortify the performance of a product.

 

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Authentication Solution

Criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated in their attempts to fake goods, with some estimates suggesting that 5-9% of the annual global trade is accounted for by counterfeits.

 

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What Else Do We Solve?

VakTape™ is an easy open solution specifically developed to provide a consistent and reliable combination of easy opening and hermetic seals on modified atmosphere packs and vacuum packs.

 

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Easiliner

Our high-quality EASILINER product range provides paper-based, silicon-release liners to protect pressure-sensitive glue lines and ensures that your product will stick only when needed.

 

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Tape Applicators

Filtrona has over 50 years’ experience of designing, supplying and installing applicators that complement our tape portfolio. This means we are better equipped to understand and support your business than a standard tape supplier.

 

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RE:CLOSE Tape™

For longer-lasting freshness, powerful promotions and perfect portion control, RE:CLOSE™ TAPE brings a fresh approach to your packaging.

 

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The ECO Range

We are committed to continually develop our business to respond to evolving environmental requirements. Find out more about what our ECO Range, including Rippatape Halo – the ground breaking repulpable paper based tapes solution, can do for you.

 

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SupaStrip®

SupaStrip® enhances brand loyalty by providing a positive, easy opening experience with additional brand owner value delivered via the engagement potential of print and increased efficiencies during manufacturing.

 

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RIPPATAPE® FOR PAPER & BOARD

Rippatape® products are designed to rip through most grades of fluting and board allowing quick, easy and safe access to contents. This includes corrugated and fibreboard cartons, envelopes, paper sacks and e-commerce mailers.

 

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Performance Range

Our Performance range filter solutions for tar, carbon monoxide (CO)
and vapour reduction meet the many different government legislative demands while still providing the desired taste experience.

 

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Sensation Range

Our Sensation range is designed to appeal to your senses, enabling you to create a smoking experience that is as individual as your customers.

 

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Icon Range

Icon filters are novel but not novelties, which means you can add real value to your brand in the premium market segment. Built on Filtrona’s cornerstones of quality and innovation, the Icon range will make your brand look better and perform better too.

 

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ECO Range

As a company, Filtrona is committed to more degradable and sustainable products. The plastic-free options and higher degradability of our ECO range is evidence of this commitment.

 

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