The investment, which will be made in a bid to increase working capacity across the company’s 60,000 sq ft manufacturing hub, will take place in four stages across the next 6 months.
The first three stages of the investment will see a series of new machinery implemented into Conservatory Outlet’s Wakefield-based factory, all of which has been purposely selected to significantly increase output and product accuracy.
The first stage, which was implemented earlier this month, included the addition of a new ACT Schirmer Cutting & Routing Machine, which is set to dramatically improve the precision levels and edge quality of Conservatory Outlet’s window profile, whilst also increasing the efficiency of production per operative. The first investment also included a number of key infrastructural improvements. Stages two and three will feature similar machinery-based investments over the coming months.
The fourth and final stage of the investment, which is expected to be completed in January 2021, features a 10,000 sq ft factory expansion. The new space will cost around £100,000 to implement and will allow Conservatory Outlet to increase output by up to 20% over the next three years, in line with expected business growth.
The staged investments come in response to a considerable increase in demand for Conservatory Outlet’s products post-lockdown, as its UK-wide network of retailers continue to see record-breaking sales and order figures.
Michael Giscombe, Managing Director at Conservatory Outlet, said: “Manufacturing is at the heart of everything we do, and it is vital for us to continue to invest in our factory. The success that our Network of retailers has achieved in recent months has meant we’ve been exploring new ways to increase capacity and maintain lead times. The opportunity to purchase the new machinery, and make some key changes to our infrastructure, has made a huge difference at just the right time.
“As ever, the hard work doesn’t stop there, and we fully intend to continue investing heavily in our manufacturing base as the business continues to grow and flourish. The next few months will see us add new space to our factory, allowing us to accommodate for our planned 50% growth in the next four years.”
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