Acquisition of Sampling International

CemTeal Limited (parent company to Nottingham based CEM Press Limited), today announces the acquisition of Travelfast Limited T/A Sampling International, in a move that will create one of the largest individual pattern book and shade card makers within the UK, with a turnover of £8m.

CEM Press Limited, which has been based in Nottingham since its incorporation in 1962, has built a strong reputation in the pattern book and shade card market through the quality and service it offers to some of the most recognisable names within the sector. Sampling International, based in Batley, West Yorkshire has 40 years’ experience in the pattern book, shade card and flooring sectors and has grown to become a major name within the industry, providing sampling services for the fabric and flooring markets.

The newly announced merger gives CEM Press Limited/Sampling International two production facilities, in Nottingham and Batley, ensuring the group has the largest manufacturing capacity in the UK, and with the added capability of two sites it is well placed to manage workflow and efficiency, to ensure its high standards of customer service are maintained. This increased capacity also allows for significant growth as the group looks to provide its customers with a total package of merchandising materials.

“This merger not only increases manufacturing capacity but brings together 99 years of expertise and knowledge; it ensures customers’ products will be manufactured to the highest possible standard and will underpin a customer experience second to none.”


This is an exciting development within the pattern book and shade card sector, and the senior management team is relishing the challenge of developing a business which it intends becomes the benchmark for the industry.

Commenting on the acquisition, Stephen Hubbard, Managing Director of the newly formed group, said: “I am extremely excited by the opportunities that the combined business will present. Our joint expertise, knowledge and production facilities will enable us to offer a level of service we do not believe to be offered elsewhere.”

For further information, please contact:

Richard Briggs
Group Financial Director
Tel: 0115 961 3581