Cold room manufacturer Celltherm’s UK operations are to receive a boost from a multimillion pound investment in its German manufacturing plant.
The company’s head office has just completed the installation of a unique robotic storage and racking system, which is set to yield a massive reduction in manual handling and deliver additional health and safety benefits.
As the stacking system is virtually frictionless, dents and scratches on the side of cold room panels should also become a thing of the past.
The new system is being supported by the introduction of a two-shift warehouse operation, which is designed to increase production, lower costs and raise overall efficiency.
Currently Celltherm offers a range of more than 600 standard modular cold rooms in three different heights from its UK stock, while special projects can generally be delivered to the UK between two to three weeks from the date of order.
James Connolly, business development director of Celltherm’s wholly-owned UK subsidiary in Leicestershire, said the enhancement of its central production facilities were paramount to its growth.
“Our German parent has not balked at the level of investment required, albeit at a tough time for the UK and world markets as a whole,” he commented. “We are keen to share the benefits of our continued development with competitive and market leading quality cold room solutions. These benefits will filter down in time, not just to our immediate clientele but ultimately to the end-user.”
The latest changes to the warehouse form part of a €3.2m (£2.7m) investment plan which began three years ago when a new cold room panel foaming plant was incorporated inside a large factory extension.
Holger Bialdiga, commercial director of Celltherm, said the investment is helping to raise the quality of its products. “In addition, we are improving our reliability in terms of delivery time even further, and we are driving down the very small number of delivery issues nearer to 0%,” he said.