Lancashire-based What More has taken delivery of £1m-worth of new robotic machinery to keep up with the demand for its increasing product range.
The company says the investment is testimony to its solid growth since its inception. Established in 1999, it is now the UK’s largest manufacturer of plastic housewares, gardening and storage products, under the WHAM brand.
The new state-of-the-art Negri Bossi Vector 1000 injection moulding machines are capable of producing larger products. At the same time, they consume far less energy than traditional machines, keeping running costs to a minimum and maintaining a low carbon footprint.
“Christmas is just around the corner and we’ll get these machines up and running as soon as possible to fulfill our customer orders,” commented CEO Andy Holt.
What More occupies over 350,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehousing space in East Lancashire. It now has over 160 staff on its payroll, and says that with the addition of the new machinery staffing levels will increase further. It also says that the next few years will see further expansion in the UK and overseas markets.