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EJOT completes multi-million pound expansion
Building and industrial fastener manufacturer EJOT has made significant investments in its manufacturing capacity and technical support, with a project that has more than doubled the size of its UK headquarters, production and logistics facility in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds.
In addition to providing extensive new manufacturing space and a logistical control centre that will increase storage capacity by 40%, the expansion also includes a state-of-the-art upgrade to the EJOT Applitec centre.
According to the firm, the ‘application technology’ centre is unlike any other available in the UK. The enhanced testing and R&D facility will be three times the size of the existing centre, providing a resource for multi-dimensional fastener testing and new product development in conjunction with OEMs. The testing resources available will include two new environmental testing laboratories where the long-term performance of EJOT products can be reliably assessed.
Robert Hardstaff, managing director at EJOT UK, said: “This investment in our UK site represents a major step forward for EJOT, giving us a unique position in the market in respect of the levels of technical, logistical and sales support we can offer, with a strengthening of our manufacturing base.
“Our ethos of ‘converting customer problems into product solutions’, both reactively and often proactively to prevent problems evolving in the first place, requires us to have the right technical resources and quality procedures in place to meet whatever challenges our customers face. Our new facilities will enable us to do this in a way that not only continues this level of support, but also reaffirms our unique positioning to the industries we now serve.”
The extended facility will create a platform to develop EJOT UK’s future workforce and give it an additional 4,500 sq. m of operational space. In addition to expanding the production of EJOT’s core range of fasteners for both the construction and engineering sectors, the extended site will include a new facility for manufacturing the LIEBIG range of heavy duty anchors – a brand the EJOT Group acquired from Finnish company Sormat in 2017.
Robert added: “The investment programme represents so much more than just a building extension. It supports EJOT’s family business approach that drives our global strategy to continuously re-invest profits into the business and futureproof our employment needs by providing youth career opportunities in highly skilled and technical roles.”
EJOT UK has long been a firm advocate of investment in youth and currently has 15% of its UK headquarters workforce benefitting from an apprenticeship programme in various formats. These apply to different areas of the business and range from technical services and quality management, through to engineering and manufacturing. Qualification goals are both vocational and degree level where participants attend college or university on a day release basis.
In addition to the construction market, EJOT provides fastening systems for applications across manufacturing and engineering, including the automotive, white goods and electrical industries.