What More UK invest £25 million in manufacturing

What More UK invest £25 million in manufacturing

Posted 25 February, 2019 at 16:24

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (IFM) Independent Forecourt Magazine


The last six years has seen local company Wham® invest £25 million in manufacturing at Altham - in new buildings, new product groups and, most recently, a £13.5 million investment in new state-of-the-art production machines.

The successful manufacturing business, based in Lancashire, currently export their products to over 72 countries. With a variety of ranges in plastic and metal including Wham®, Flash and Baker & Salt, the business are leading the way with innovation and quality.

Garry Ireland, Operations Director at What More UK, said:

"We have the Rolls-Royce of equipment here. As the biggest UK manufacturer of plastic housewares, it's important we can deliver the best products in the shortest time. We haven't quite finished installing all the new machines, there are 8 more due to arrive this year. We will have invested £13.5 million in new machinery over the last two years alone.

We have hybrid machines which are Italian made, and also German made machines. It's safe to say they are all completely bespoke made too. After years as a leading manufacturer, through continuous trial and error, we know what we want from our machines. Alongside being more efficient and economical, the new machines are perfectly tailored to our requirements and those of our clients."

With a total of 54 state-of-the-art injection moulding machines sitting impressively in their 500,000sq. feet manufacturing facility, the new machinery is the best that money can buy.

Garry continued:

"The new additions are fabulous. Not only do they consume 40% less power, meaning a lower carbon footprint and lower running costs, they have a faster injection time and a faster cycle time, meaning more products, produced quicker and more efficiently.

The new machines have also been very well received by the team. They run quieter and since installation productivity has noticeably increased."

Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director at commented:

"Our new machines are versatile and a brilliant investment. Through state-of-the-art equipment we can continue to deliver top quality, affordable products throughout the world. With the increased capacity these machines provide, it puts the pressure on our sales team … this is the way we like it!"

What More UK are members of The Made in Britain Campaign and strive to enable buyers at home and abroad to identify British-made products.

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