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RP Adam Ltd Increases Production Capacity by a Further 40%

Posted by: Allan on May 09 2017 | Tagged: Industry News

Increased Production Capacity

Leading cleaning and detergent manufacturer RP Adam Ltd (Arpal Group) has increased its liquid production capacity at its Selkirk-based UK headquarters by more than 40% following a £125,000 investment in new filling line technology.

Group Sales & Marketing Director Max Adam, says, “Our Group goal ahead of 2020 is to expand the business at home and abroad - particularly in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia where we have a significant presence. It continues to be an exciting time for the company and the ongoing investment in capacity at our Selkirk factory further emphasises our desire to increase our manufacturing and logistics capabilities to match current requirements and future growth expectations.”

The Group launched its company-wide 20-20-20 growth and investment programme in 2015 and with the manufacturing volume at Selkirk rising by 13% in the 2015/16 financial year, the company’s five-year £20 million turnover target is now in sight.

The company has installed a new state-of-the-art six head multi-filler line with capability to produce an additional 2.5 million litres of liquid product every year – with a run rate of up to 2,000 bottles every hour.

Martin Carroll, Arpal Group Technical Director, believes the new filling line will give a significant boost to the company’s capabilities, as UK production volumes increase to match year-on-year sales growth saying, “With several new long-term contracts bedded in and a number of supply partnerships starting to bear fruit, we decided now is the time to invest in improving the entire site – both from a capacity and operational standpoint,” he said.

“The additional new filling line means that we now have the confidence and capability to significantly increase production, as well as having the reassurance that we can continue to fulfil orders in the event of unplanned down-time with our other filling lines. This builds robustness into our business, and increases our ability to meet increased orders for our core products.”

In 2016, during its 125th anniversary year, the company completed a £400,000 overhaul of its Selkirk HQ which included a major expansion and reconfiguration of the factory and warehouse facilities, resulting in a 40% increase in storage capacity at the Selkirk site, in line with increased business growth.

Max concludes, “As we approach the beginning of year three of the five year plan, I am realistically optimistic that the investments we have made right across the business are keeping us firmly on track to achieve our goals. Year three is pivotal, but I am encouraged by the scale and quality of the pipeline of new business opportunities our sector management team has managed to generate over the last six month in particular, and I am sure we will start to see some of these significant new contracts land over the next few months.”