Moving and improving

Mike Wood, MP for Batley and Spen, has officially opened the new manufacturing and administration headquarters for gasket manufacturer, Flexitallic, at Scandinavia Mill in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.

The company hopes that its multi-million pound investment in larger premises will improve operational efficiency and increase capacity to reflect the growth of the business and demand for sealing and gasketing products.

Flexitallic currently operates over two sites, however the larger premises will allow consolidation of its Rochdale facilities, which include its research laboratory and sheet manufacturing operations. The site will provide more then 127,000ft2 of space and house around 150 employees.

David Mitchell, managing director of Flexitallic, said: ‘Environmental efficiency is not just a ‘passing phase’ for Flexitallic – it’s our core business. As such, we have embraced every area possible with the investment to ensure that we not only provide products that improve the environment but we manufacture them and administer our processes as environmentally efficiently as possible. For example, we have no light switches in the facility – they come on automatically when needed and switch off when not required – and our space heating is provided by a high-efficiency warm air system.

‘Operational efficiency is greatly improved by this move and is essential for us to maintain growth in our highly competitive markets. We are able to sustain our market leadership by delivering solutions that provide what our customers need when they need it – to this end we have ensured complete flexibility of the manufacturing process by accommodating facilities that allow machinery to be installed and positioned anywhere in the factory area. Combined with investment in new machinery, this gives us the adaptability to react to market demands rapidly.’

Over the past five years Flexitallic has enjoyed year-on-year growth, boosted by demand for technology-led solutions.

In the current economic climate, the group continues to enjoy strong demand for its products in the oil, power, petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Mitchell added: ‘Burgeoning technology in many areas including the exciting solid oxide fuel cells, the oil and gas industry and nuclear power signal a strong future for our business. Technology demands increasingly push the boundaries for sealing products and Flexitallic is recognised globally as a leader in material and solution development. We are very optimistic about the future and this investment allows Flexitallic to expand and sustain growth.’