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Investing in technology for continual innovation

19th August 2016, 9:13am

We've invested over £200,000 in new state-of-the-art fabric cutting technology to support continual innovation of our furniture range.
With plans to grow turnover to £40 million within five years, we recognized the need to become more responsive in order to quickly fulfil new orders and continually innovate within our product ranges.
We have invested in a Lectra fabric cutting solution along with specialist pattern and marker making software.  This follows our £400,000 investment in new board cutting technology last year, which led to £3m of new contracts. 
The new equipment will optimise and automate the production of a number of our key products, cutting in 2.5 minutes what would have taken 40 minutes using a manual process.
Our Operations Director, Michael Donachie, says it will also deliver consistent quality of cut parts that is impossible to achieve with hand cutting. He explained: “Previously, our products were designed, developed and manufactured by hand. Whilst we are very proud of this heritage, this approach did have the potential for costly production errors.”
“After pinpointing our needs, Lectra demonstrated the impact automation would have on production speed and cost. The results were fantastic, fabric savings were significant versus manual cutting, at around 33%,” continued Michael. 

The new technology will be put to work on products such as Zip, our modular seating offer which zips and unzips for easy reconfiguration, and Mr Jones, an award-winning soft seating range. Michael concluded; “We expect to substantially increase our production capacity as well as our agility. By demonstrating such impressive results, as well as being able to connect us to a global network of manufacturers.”
Neil Tweddle, Managing Director added; “In a market driven by the need for flexibility, style, innovation as well as function, we knew that we had to transform as a business to achieve our growth ambitions and secure new business. Technology is playing a major part in this transformation and I am excited to see how the business will continue to grow as a result of this latest investment.”