We recently held a Launch Event for our brand-new door production line at our Oldham HQ. It will enable us to increase the output of our bespoke vinyl-wrapped doors from 30,000 to 45,000 units per month in the short term. In the longer term, this will increase to 50,000 per month or more.
The new line contains automated routing, cleaning, glue-spraying and vinyl-wrapping machinery supplied by Wemhoner and Sittex. The Sittex equipment is the first major installation in the UK by the Italian firm.
To launch the new facility, we invited Oldham West MP Jim McMahon and Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and site tour. Other invited guests included representatives from Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Handelsbanken, the Financial Times and Oldham Business Edge magazine.
Keith Wardrope, our managing director said: "It's great to see people of such high-calibre and enthusiasm as Jim McMahon and Sean Fielding taking time out of their busy schedules to visit HPP. We all share a desire to support manufacturing and economic development, quality careers and skills.
"All our doors are manufactured to bespoke orders, with options on shapes, sizes, routing patterns, hinges and decors. The new line will manufacture doors across 40 styles and 70 colours, offering 2,800 possible combinations. Seventy or 80 per cent of our vinyl-wrapped doors will now be manufactured on the new production line while our first production line will focus on more-intricate orders.
"A huge amount of planning, research and travel has gone into opening this second production line. Technology is the way forward for this industry, from customer ordering to manufacturing, and we have to keep at the cutting-edge."
We're very grateful to the KBB trade press, regional and local news for their coverage of our event, and for helping us champion manufacturing excellence in the North West: