Home-grown Yorkshire company, Disposables UK Group, is a step nearer to achieving its ambitious five year growth plan with a move to a larger site in Meltham, near Huddersfield, by mid- July this year.
The family-run business, which is one of the largest employers in Meltham, has invested £1.7m in new machinery, and has plans to almost double its current £16m turnover to £30m by 2018.
The company manufactures and distributes paper disposables and associated cleaning and hygiene products for the ‘away from home market’. Currently spread across four sites totalling 107,000 sq ft which include manufacturing, distribution and administration, the process of consolidating its operations onto one state of the art 150,000 sq ft facility is well underway.
The bigger site will bring many business advantages including a faster turnaround time on producing goods allowing Disposables to deliver even better customer service.
The move, expected to cost around £700,000, is being undertaken in phases. Phase one, the relocation of the distribution centre from its existing site, was completed in March.
This was followed by the staged move of production machinery into its new environment, with the relocation of ‘goods in’ and raw materials following in May. In this way, Disposables have ensured customers are successfully serviced throughout the move period and that delivery deadlines are met, with no loss of the excellent customer service for which Disposables is renowned.
“The move will have a really positive effect on our business in terms of our effectiveness, and will also enable us to improve on the lean manufacturing we’ve been working on over the past few years.
“It will also allow us to increase productivity, make savings, be more competitive and reduce our carbon footprint.”
The new site, originally built in the early 1970s for David Brown tractors, and most recently used to manufacture yarn by Fred Lawton & Sons, has undergone a total refurbishment with an emphasis on the company’s ethos of sustainability and the environment.
The 7,500 sq ft modern office facilities will include a state of the art reception, offices, training room, and product display areas. The manufacturing facility has been fully refitted with energy efficient lighting in an area encompasses goods inwards, production and finished product areas totalling 150,000 sq ft.
Lighting technology comprises high frequency, low energy usage lights with built in presence detectors, which allow the lights only to operate when required, switching to reduced levels when not needed, so reducing the overall carbon footprint.
In addition, the building has been electrically reconfigured to current standards with the incorporation of in-built Power Factor Correction as source to ensure minimum energy use and increase operational efficiency.
The manufacturing facility incorporates new fully automated production and packaging lines, allowing Disposables to manufacture quality products at prices to meet current and future market demands.
Operating in the region for 26 years, staying local was extremely important, according to David Burkill who said:
“Disposables is rooted in the region. We have 100 staff and by staying in Meltham we are helping to safeguard their jobs. We have always traded profitably and our profits are reinvested into machinery, systems and people.
“Manufacturing is at the heart of our business and we are playing an instrumental role in the manufacturing renaissance of Kirklees.”