EJOT UK has invested more than GB£6 million in a project to double the size of its site and extend its technical capabilities.
The business has invested in the future of its UK manufacturing, R&D, technical support, and customer service, in a project to expand its administrative, production and logistical facilities at Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds.
The project brings to fruition Mr Hans Werner Kocherscheidt’s ambition two decades ago, when he purchased the site with the intention of one day creating a world-class facility in Britain that would enable it to grow and support EJOT’s next generation of young product designers, engineers and logistics specialists.
EJOT UK focuses on providing high performing fastening solutions for the building industry, along with numerous other construction applications, as well as advanced engineering fasteners predominantly for the automotive industry. It is a business with a local focus but a global outlook, creating engineered product solutions for clients across the world that are highly respected given the heritage and reputation associated with German and British manufacturing and engineering.
EJOT UK’s R&D team has developed market specific fastening solutions that have gained traction in markets globally. These include the patented EJOT Opticore fastener, which has been widely used for installing membrane faced composite panels now for over a decade, and EJObar – a multipurpose bridging system developed in partnership with an OEM specifically for flat roofs waterproofed using single ply membrane.
In addition to providing extensive new manufacturing space and a logistical control centre, which will increase storage capacity by 40%, the expansion also includes a state of the art upgrade to its Applitec centre – already unique in the construction industry. Unlike any testing and R&D facility available in the UK, this ‘application technology’ 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 here 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 our local market – and increasingly on a global level – in respect of the levels of technical, logistical and sales support we can offer, with a strengthening of our manufacturing base.”
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