Joint Managing Director Darren Baker explains: “We’ve had a very busy 2014 so far, with investment and expansion in new areas of the business, but the manufacture of self-adhesive lead remains at the core of what we do, with more than 30 million metres of lead profile produced per year.Over the last few years there has been a drop in volume in the overall adhesive lead market with the recession across Europe, but more recently we have seen steady growth, both at home and in our export markets – in particular the USA and Russia. This investment will increase our capacity and allow us to maintain our lead times as the market grows again.
“At £55k, the continuous caster is the largest financial investment we have made in lead profile production in 15 years. The equipment has enabled us to enhance our productivity and improve the consistency of our finished product. Not only that, but it has also further improved our environmental credentials by saving energy and helping us recycle waste more efficiently in line with ISO 14001, the international environmental management standard which we achieved earlier this year.”