Over 155 years history...building on experience

  • 1861

    Started in Glasgow Scotland by the McGavigan family producing a range of printed and religious commercial material for local businesses.

  • 1950's

    Produced point-of-sale show cards, advertising posters and basic self-adhesive shop signs

  • 1960's

    Started reverse printing on PVC film for industrial control panels….’SuperMac’

  • 1970's

    Introduced the first polyester film automotive dial for the Ford Escort

  • 1980's

    Developed a number of patented processes including the Printed Horn-Pad Switch, and Thermo-mechanically formed back-lit polycarbonate film dials for the Ford Mondeo, Ford Focus and GM Cadillac.

  • 1980's

    Became an established supplier of membrane switches to the white goods, consumer electronics and industrial markets

  • 1990's

    Full production of horn-pad to the USA

  • 1994

    Acquired by Pressac Plc, an electronics company (previously a sub-contractor in the production of the patented horn switch product)

  • 2004

    Developed a concept of integrated capacitance electronics within plastic films

  • 2011

    Opened a new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China

  • 2015

    Established a sales office in Tokyo, Japan

  • 2016

    Ranked in The Sunday Times Top 100 UK SME Exporters

  • 2017

    Wins Large Scottish Exporter of the Year and HSBC Scottish Exporter of the Year

  • 2018

    Awarded Scale-up Exporter of the Year at the Scottish Export Awards and the UK Board of Trade Award 2018

  • 2018

    Established McGavigan GmbH in Ludensheid, Germany

  • 2019

    Marked the next phase of growth in China at a ground breaking ceremony for our new manufacturing and development facilities in Suzhou.

Our Past & Your Future

Since 2009 McGavigan has undergone an impressive transformation, from single manufacturing site in Scotland, to a global supplier through the addition of a second facility in Suzhou, China. Sales turnover has grown by more than 300%, whilst our customer base has doubled. 

In 2016 we were included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Fast Track Export SME businesses, which ranks Britain’s 100 small to medium-sized companies with the fastest growing overseas sales in the past two years & in 2017 we were named Scottish Exporter of the Year.

Above all the business has succeeded in balancing the demand for cost competitiveness with innovative solutions.

The emergence of complex high gloss decorative surfaces, coupled with the shifting trends in automotive instrument cluster design and growing use of touch screen controls in passenger cars are pivotal to our technology road map and future growth prospects.

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