The downturn in UK manufacturing was put into sharp focus this week as three small businesses were forced into receivership, threatening the jobs of more than 100 workers.
Leeds glass product distributors and manufacturers Unilam and Contract Developments International, which together turn over £4m, are being offered for sale by the Leeds office of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Unilam is the trading name of International Glass Equipment & Machinery, which, with CDI, is involved in distributing resin for glass lamination, supplying specialist glass products, and manufacturing production machinery for insulated glass and glass processing.
In Wales, Cunliffe Gravure, of Llangefni, Anglesey, which makes gravure cylinders for printers, has gone into receivership, with Buchler Phillips offering the £2.5m business as a going concern. Cunliffe employed a staff of 50, cut by the receivers to 30.
Meanwhile, in Leicester, KPMG has been appointed administrative receiver to sheet metal fabricator Peachmay, which has a turnover of £1.2m and employs 36 people in a modern freehold factory.