Barcode Labels

Barcode LabelsWe make award winning variable data barcode labels

Following the merger of AC Labels into Mercian Labels in 2014, we have assumed the position as the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of medium to high volumes of variable data stickers and labels on rolls and sheets with multiple colours including special label constructions with bullets or other features.

From our manufacturing centre in Derby we service the Healthcare, Logistics, Print Management, Document Management, Security, and PAT/IT sectors to the highest UKAS ISO9001:2008 accredited quality and data integrity standards.

History of our speciality in printing variable labels

Our speciality in label printing traces its roots back to 1985 when the original AC Labels business was formed.  Over the past 30 years we have established a reputation as the supplier of choice for medium to high volume variable data barcode label & sticker production for discerning clients.

Mercian Labels Group company AC Labels was awarded the IPIA Best Trade Manufacturer of the Year 2013

IPIA Best Trade Manufacturer of the Year 2013

Mercian Labels Group company AC Labels was awarded the IPIA Best Trade Manufacturer of the Year 2012

IPIA Best Trade Manufacturer of the Year 2012




the whole team


Our client base stretches across a broad spectrum of profiles ranging from local SMEs to worldwide Blue chip organisations, all of which have come to depend on our high levels of commitment to quality and customer service over many years. You can see a list of clients on the left of this page. We supply a vast range of labels including barcode stickers, tickets and tags into many time sensitive industries such as Pathology & Biochemistry laboratories, Pharmaceutical, Logistics, Packaging and Document Storage and we understand that your label supply is critical to your business. We aim to achieve a 100% on time delivery record with all of our customers.


Our highly specialised presses incorporate conventional flexographic printing with leading edge high speed toner based digital printing equipment, enabling us to add sequential numbering and barcodes in one pass. Our versatile manufacturing equipment allows us to offer complex self adhesive label constructions and tags presented on roll, in sheets, in pads, or in fan-folded packs.


We hold a full UKAS certified ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for label printing. UKAS is the only government recognised accreditation body for certification in the UK and for public sector tenders, only UKAS accredited ISO 9001 certification is recognised.

100% barcode verification – its important

We implement strict quality control measures throughout its process to ensure all of the barcodes we produce meet the exacting specifications laid out in the ANSI standard. Our presses incorporate the latest in-line verification technology to ensure every single barcode we produce is verified to ensure it will read first time – every time. All of our scanning equipment has been independently tested and conforms to ISO/IEC15426-1/15426-2.

We’re all mad about barcodes!