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Where It All Began


If you’re interested in the background of Croxsons, then you’re in the right place! Scroll across to view our family history, and scroll down to see the heritage of the company, complete with a timeline of key events.

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Our Timeline




William Croxson

Where it all began. William Croxson established his wholesale bottle merchant business in London and we haven’t looked back since.


Virgin Glass

Here we began not only cleaning bottles, but also buying in virgin glass. We were buying from a company called Rockware. They’re now Ardagh Glass - and we’re still dealing with them today.


First Export

First export on records. Randolph Croxson sailed to New Zealand representing England in a sports game (unknown but likely ice skating or snooker), and saw the bottles on the quayside upon arrival. It took about 8 weeks to get there; now it takes about 24 hours.


First IS Machine

Glass-making pioneer Henry W. Ingle creates the first IS (individual section) machine. A new automation standard.


Modern Machinery

At this stage we had over 60 staff in Bermondsey. Modern machinery meant we had to reduce it to about 30. We still have one piece of that machinery working today.


First Jars Sold

Our first jars sold - one pallet into the back of a Volvo Estate. This client is now buying over 40m jars!


Moved Into Alpha Place

Croxsons bought Alpha Place – our current HQ - in June 1985.


Buying From Japan

We first started buying from Japan.


Topped 100 Million Bottles

Our first very big UK deal, topping over 100 million bottles. We also started buying in the Far East.


Middle East

Next, the Middle East. We first started buying here.


Bottle Partnership

Quinn Glass (now Encirc) started a new factory in Derrylin, Ireland and we ordered our first moulds from them before manufacturing commenced. We still buy those bottles – around 200 million in total.


Tim Croxson Joins

New millennium, new face. The year that Tim joined us.


Gone Global

USA Office- Maine
UK Head Office- LONDON
Hong Kong Office
Australian Office - Perth
New Zealand Office - Aukland

About 15 years ago we hit 150m bottles for a global customer. The purchasing was done in New Zealand - probably the biggest deal done outside of the UK.


Brand Refresh

When we rebranded. Fresh look, fresh sales.



We first started buying from China.


New look with traditional values

Our new positioning statement ‘ A Family of packaging’, references both our unbeatable range of products and the fact that our highly-valued customers are part of our extended family.

The Croxsons logo has been brought up-to-date with a contemporary typeface and new green colour. This has been complemented with the William Croxson signature as a sign of approval.


Queens Award

Croxsons win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognised for its excellence in international trade, which saw the firm return continuous growth in overseas sales for the past six years.

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break! #Croxsons #AFamilyOfPackaging #Easter https://t.co/e95kp7s53Y
Apr 12th - 14:21 pm
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Mar 31st - 13:24 pm
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