AFT Trenchers Ltd has moved to a new high specification facility to allow production to match the current growth in machinery sales and future additions to the product range.
Located a mere 100 yards from the original warehousing, the new premises, in Addison Road Sudbury, Suffolk, stands on just under 2000m2 (21.500 square feet), allowing expansion to in-house production, with more fitting stations, spray and drying rooms, plasma cutting table, new presses and robot welding facilities.
The new efficient layout embraces both production requirements and an enhanced administration sector which will deliver the latest computer aided design techniques for product development, improved data records and stock control. All certain to further improve customer service as the company continues to grow the business with AFT Trenchers now exporting machines to more than 40 countries.
Managing Director, Harry Jurgens, explains why the company needed a new factory to accommodate future growth as well as being the solution for the increase in demand of the machines they started building a decade ago.
“When we moved into our previous buildings ten years ago we did not foresee that our sales would nearly treble in such a short period of time,” he said.
“Over the past few years storage of parts, components and machines has become challenging, so the solution was to find a bigger space. We have been very fortunate that this new building, so close to our old factory, became available.
“Moving while maintaining production and a constant supply of parts to our customers, is something we were focused on doing and we are pleased that we managed to achieve this during what was largely a smooth transition between factories.
“The new facilities have given us the room to further develop our product range and we expect to introduce the first of our new range of trenchers early next year.”