Birmingham coffee machine manufacturer, Fracino, is celebrating the highest turnover in its 54-year history following another strong year of domestic and export sales.
Exporting to over 70 countries across the globe, performance is up 10% on 2015-2016. The 66-strong business sells thousands of machines every year to UK customers including Subway, Patisserie Valerie, Living Ventures Restaurant Group, AMT Coffee and Pathfinder pub chains.
Milestones across the last 12 months include launching a second bespoke machine, the SUB2, for Subway higher volume stores in the UK and Ireland. The collaboration followed the success of Fracino’s SUB1, which is installed in 540 sites across the UK and Poland.
The third generation family business, launched in a garden shed in 1953, has also been named as Subway Innovation Partner.
Boosting its payroll by 25% across 2016-2017, Fracino’s multi-million pound investment, which is nearing completion, includes a 2,500ft2 extension to accommodate a state-of-the-art showroom, a Technical Training Centre of Excellence and an extended service and spares facility.
Working with a global and UK network of distributors, Fracino’s machines can be found on every continent. The firm champions British manufacturing too, as it displays the Union Jack on every machine which leaves its production facility.
Over 90% of components are fabricated in-house via research and development, cutting-edge equipment and bespoke CAD technology. The business is also a member of Made in Britain – an association of British manufacturers who are committed to promoting the industry.
Fracino MD, Adrian Maxwell, said: “Our record-breaking results are attributable to our strategy to invest, innovate and expand. We have an incredibly hard-working team that is second to none in our industry and I thank each of them for their passion and dedication.”