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Flexiform announce multi-million-pound investment in Bradford
Flexiform Business Furniture has announced a multi-million-pound investment at its manufacturing facility in Bradford. Flexiform has grown significantly over recent years and now employs 160 people, generating a turnover of £29million.
Its core business is manufacturing office furniture for government organisations, major blue-chip companies, the education sector and private businesses. Its customers include: Fox Media, Greggs, Marks & Spencer, Admiral Insurance, Leeds City Council and HMRC.
Alongside this, Flexiform also has a sister brand, “Asgard Secure Steel Storage” which manufactures and supplies high-security metal sheds for bikes, motorcycles and gardens.
Flexiform, over recent years, has been running at full capacity which has restricting its ability to grow further.
Lead by Managing Director Nick Hewitt and with the help of MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), Flexiform carried out a ‘value stream mapping’ exercise to identify the current issues, define the future capabilities required and develop a ‘road map’ to deliver the improvements.
With a total planned investment of £3million, Flexiform recently invested £300,000 to update its paint application facility with the purchase of a Gema paint plant. A further £1,000,000 has been invested in a Bystronic Laser and a Salvagnini Panel Bender and further investments, including IT systems and robotic welding, are set to follow.
Nick said.“Investing in up to date technologies and reconfiguring the current space will enable Flexiform and Asgard to grow considerably while remaining at our current location. The business will embrace the latest production technologies and systems to deliver a lean, modern, flexible and high production facility.”