Industrial air filtration and extraction specialist Filtermist International has opened a new 30,000 sq ft distribution centre close to its HQ in Shropshire.
Filtermist, part of the Absolent Group, says organic sales growth and the acquisition of the DCS Group of Companies and Kerstar in the last six months led to the decision to create a central facility in Telford that would be responsible for the firm’s logistics operation.
CEO James Stansfield said: “Domestic and export orders have increased dramatically over the past five years, as the global demand to create cleaner, safer and more productive workshops that deliver clean air continues to grow.
“With volumes increasing and additional capacity required as a result of some of our acquisitions and us inheriting several key UK product brands, we made the decision to increase our footprint.
“It made perfect sense to do this by consolidating certain manufacturing operations at our current headquarters and centralising assembly and distribution in the new facility next door.
“There has been investment in new equipment and hardware for both Telford sites, including additional welding bays, cranes and a new CNC spinning machine. Our specialists are also exploring the possibility of integrating additional automation into the production process.''
The distribution centre was officially opened by the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s CEO James Selka, as part of an open house designed to showcase the company’s product range and celebrate 50 years in business. Over 120 visitors were given guided tours of the manufacturing facility, as well as the new building.
Stansfield added: "“50 years in business is a great achievement. This is just the start and we have a lot of exciting plans for further investment and the potential for future acquisitions over the next 18 months.”