We’re pleased to update you on the progress at our new manufacturing facility at the Futures Business Park Development in Rossendale (UK). As with all complex builds, the path to completion has not been a smooth one and the added complications of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought its own unique set of challenges.
One of the biggest challenges we have faced over the last 12 months has been contractor availability and continuity of work during lockdown and periods of restriction due to the pandemic. This was a challenge that could not be foreseen when work first began back in 2019, but it was one we have had to navigate.
Despite the setbacks and delays, we’re pleased with the progress we have made at the new building. The hydraulic press is now in-situ, it has been tested and we can confirm it is working, this was a monumental step forward for us as delivery of the press was complex enough without the additional challenges that COVID presented us with.
We are now just waiting for the validation on the press so it can be operational and this is expected to take place in mid-April. We are also only a few weeks away from the inside of the building being completed. The exterior of the building is complete with new signage and the car park being finished.
The opening of the new facility is expected to happen towards the end of 2021 and once we are ready to begin manufacturing it will enable us to further increase our market capabilities with over £5 million of investment annually. Our expansion not only increases our capabilities but will create many job opportunities within the local community once open and in the future.
Business Development Director, Neil Anderton said: “It was impossible to predict the challenges we would face when we first began the project in 2019, but our determination and tenacious approach has got us through and we are proud of the progress we have made and look forward to the opening of the facility.”