Freefoam increases production capacity

Freefoam Building Products has increased the capacity of its Northampton production plant by 12.5% with the addition of two new Greiner extrusion lines.

Geoff Barnett, general manager, commented: “We’ve been planning this addition to our facility for many months and I’m very pleased to see our plans come to fruition. These new lines will increase the capacity of our production of PVC fascia, soffit and gutter products and allow us to operate more efficiently.”

The investment compliments Freefoam’s existing Greiner extrusion lines.

“We follow and embrace lean principles of manufacture and this standardisation across the production plant allows complete interchangeability between lines,” continued Geoff. “It maximises the benefits of transferable skills, tooling and spares in order to keep lines continually running and minimise down time.”

The new lines will also bring new jobs. Operating a 24/7 production facility means an extra five team members will be joining Freefoam, making a total of 154 now employed in Northampton.

“We have ambitious growth plans over the next two to three years and we need to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to meet these ambitions and the demands of our customers,” commented Colin St John, commercial director.

“This investment will allow us to plan ahead and maximise production capacity to future proof our business. I’m particularly pleased to be bringing new jobs to Northampton. We run our entire UK production, distribution and sales operation from this site and we bring a whole range of professional, administrative, skilled and semi-skilled roles to the local economy.”

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