In the face of a relatively flat market, VEKA Group says that investment is the best way to support customers and stay at the forefront of the industry.
The PVC-U systems supplier says it is expected to invest £5M in facilities, plant and technology at its Burnley-based site.
Dave Jones, VEKA Group managing director, explained: “We have an exciting programme of developments planned for 2018, to continue providing our customers with the very highest levels of service.
“The focus of investment will be our lamination department. This is an area of the business that we have seen continue to grow year-on-year, in response to consumer demand. Currently, over 33% of VEKA Group sales are foiled product, and we are focused on preparing for continued expansion in this area.
“We’re in the process of acquiring a building adjacent to the existing VEKA HQ which would allow the current 380,000 ft2 site to expand by a further 40,000 ft2 and will enable us to potentially increase lamination capacity by a further 50%.
“2018 will also see VEKA Group planning improvements to our specialist maintenance and tooling department. Expanding our in-house maintenance department means that we can respond immediately and capably to any possible problems with our machinery (however unlikely) to ensure there is no disruption to the supply chain.
“In the face of a relatively flat market, I am very proud to be part of a Group that will continue to invest to see our partners succeed. Customer feedback has always, and will always, directly influence product and service development here at VEKA.”