Victor Manufacturing has made a six-figure investment in new state-of-the-art folding machinery that will improve the efficiency of its production activities and allow it to expand into new markets.
The Bradford-based outfit has spent £300,000 on two press brake machines after receiving a grant from the Leeds region’s Business Growth Programme.
The grant contributed towards the cost of the installation, which Victor needed to make as its existing folding machines were over a decade old and holding back its expansion plans.
Mick Shaddock, managing director of Victor, told Catering Insight that the enhancement would make a significant difference to its operations.
“It will deliver greater speed of processing and greater accuracy, which then have knock-on benefits when we come to assembly,” he explained. “The technology is hugely sophisticated and the most up to date in the country as they are the latest generation of machines.”
The equipment will also provide further integration in terms of the CAD/CAM design process, added Shaddock.
Victor has enjoyed strong success in the retail sector over the last couple of years with its Optimax refrigerated merchandising units and the company expects the upgrade to its manufacturing infrastructure to boost its exposure to this market.
“What this machinery does is increase our capacity and speed, which will allow us to look at new markets. It opens up our capacity to serve the retail market, which is still a relatively new area for Victor.”
The investment has helped to create three new jobs at the firm, which employs more than 80 people.