New factory programme

Promat UK has completed a £multi-million development programme to create a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Lancashire.

The 66,000ft2 facility – The Innovation Centre – at Heywood near Manchester gives Promat UK a state-of-the-art platform to grow its business and respond to the growing demand for high performance insulation and reliable passive fire protection in all markets, including the door, window and industrial sectors.

The completion of the move comes as Promat UK announced that it has also now achieved its transition to the 2015 updates to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The site will manufacture a wide range of products from the company’s portfolio, which includes glass brands such as Pyrocet, Pyrosec and Smokestream, along with its complete glazing system Systemglas.

Promat UK’s insulation products, including Dalfratex – used in glass manufacturing and heavy industry processing – will also be produced at the new plant.

The two-year Heywood development programme, which has doubled Promat UK’s production space and increased staff numbers by 20%, has seen the company relocate its HQ from its original home in Bracknell, and integrate its made-to-order workshop and specialist solutions operations that were previously located at Bromborough on the Wirral.

The new factory serves clients in all industry sectors across the UK, with four new purpose-built CNC machines.

The new factory includes an extraction system to ensure production dust is collected and re-used in other fire protection products. The plant also aims to be a zero landfill waste operation by 2020.

Ian Cowley, general manager at Promat UK, said: “It’s an exciting time for the business and the realisation of our goal to establish an industrial hub in the North West of England, where there is a great talent pool in manufacturing and excellent supporting networks.”