Britannia Ventilation is to relocate its production and manufacturing operations to fellow Middleby Group company IMC’s factory in Wrexham.
The move is said to enable Britannia to increase its output and reduce its lead times by taking advantage of the £750,000 investment that IMC recently made in the North Wales facility.
IMC MD Steve Witt commented: “After 20 years’ operating from the same factory in Leamington Spa Britannia has, unfortunately, outgrown its current site.
“However, we are fortunate that following the recent investment made at Wrexham there is both the space and production capacity to relocate Britannia’s manufacturing operation – a move that will enable it to continue growing, increase its product range, and deliver a better customer experience.
“One of the biggest advantages to Britannia’s customers will be a reduction in lead times from their current level of 5-6 weeks to 2-3 weeks. Furthermore, access to IMC’s purchasing power will result in the use of better quality components, increased product reliability, better control of costs and a structured pricing system, all of which will benefit dealers and, ultimately, the end user.
“And, although the sales teams will remain separate, Britannia will have access to dedicated product development and service teams to ensure its customers get the very best cutting edge products as well as exceptional pre-sales and after sales support.”
Witt further detailed: “The Leamington Spa site, which is owned by Britannia, will be sold and the money invested in a brand new, state of the art IMC/Britannia centre of excellence at the Wrexham site where the two companies will carry out customer and service training. Along with further investment, Britannia will be expanding its in-house installation team, ensuring improved customer support.
“The relocation is expected to take 3 to 4 months and during the intervening period IMC will assist with the manufacture of some ‘off the shelf’ items to ensure that Britannia’s delivery commitments are met.”
Britannia’s commercial director Andrew Galeckyj added: “This is an exciting time for Britannia. We have seen unprecedented growth over the last 2 years and this relocation to a much larger facility will enable Britannia to enhance its customer service, expand its product portfolio with innovative solutions and reinforce its position as a leading UK manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation.”