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Jans Group invests £10m and creates 150 new jobs
County Antrim-based Jans Group has invested £10m in a major expansion that has seen the forming of four new companies. The investment is also set to lead to the creation of over 150 new jobs for the local area by June 2022 – doubling the company’s existing workforce.
In 2019, Jans acquired a composites business from the Wright Group and established a new home in a 10,000 square metre facility in Caulside Drive, Antrim. This provided the scope to significantly expand business operations during the Covid-challenged 2020.
The group developed multiple products during this period, and at the start of 2021, with order books open for the new products, the group’s board decided to launch four new companies to allow for accelerated growth of each of their product lines.
Building on advanced materials and transport knowledge, Etrux Ltd, a sustainable-focused lightweight commercial vehicle business, was formed to bring an evolution to lightweight, high quality commercial vehicles, while establishing a manufacturing base in Antrim and a sales and leasing team in England.
The next business established was Jans Off Site Solutions Ltd, which constructs modular buildings for the leisure and residential market. With a growing customer base across these product businesses, Jans Finance was launched to support its clients with various purchase and leasing options, which has proven key in driving these two companies forward.
To further enhance customer experience and expand market reach, Jans then launched a retail offering in Boucher Road, Jans Lifestyle Ltd, which provides an outlet for existing product ranges but also delivers a unique customer experience with camper van sales and rentals, garden rooms and a full range of lifestyle products.
Ronan Hamill, chief executive officer of Jans Group, said: “In 2019, there was an opportunity to take what we did and create something much bigger which was rooted in the community. This opportunity has grown exponentially with the formation of various companies under the Jans Group brand, which includes our initial company, Jans Composites. We expect these companies to perform very well in the future and have set an ambitious target to achieve a £50 million turnover in the next five years.
“Our main aim behind the establishment of Jans Group was to broaden our customer base, bring innovative new products to market and build a business that would support the livelihood of those who work there. Occasionally, those towns outside Belfast can be forgotten about but we want to make Antrim a centre for innovation, creativity, opportunity, and expansion. We know that Antrim and the surrounding districts have very skilled workers, and our desire is to provide a working environment that is progressive, forward thinking and innovative for those people.”
Since its establishment in 2019, Jans Group has experienced solid progression and Ronan believes the group’s innovation will help drive its projected future growth.
Ronan added: “In terms of innovation, we’re leading the way with our electric commercial vehicles, smart lodges and light weight composites. Likewise, our sales of our camper vans in particular have been performing very well.
“We also own the largest CNC cutting machine in Northern Ireland which can manufacture large parts for our products. We are very excited for the future of Jans Group and for what this will deliver for the Antrim community in terms of jobs and bolstering the local economy.”