Catering equipment supplier Die-Pat Holdings has completed the first stage of a £1m investment project to reintroduce in-house manufacturing.
The Die-Pat group, which is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of specialised catering equipment, hardware and plumbing components, has outsourced all manufacturing for the last 20 years.
The reintroduction of an in-house production facility is designed to ensure the business is able to respond quickly to customer demands and provide increased business flexibility and agility, as well as shorter lead-times for its customers across the catering sector.
Manufacturing at the business’s Daventry facility started earlier this year with the introduction of a high-speed laser cutting centre, a press brake and other ancillary equipment needed for producing its comprehensive portfolio of equipment for the catering industry.
Eddy Edwards, managing director, said: “This is just the first step of what will be a series of investments to position us at the forefront of product development, enabling us to work ever-closer with our customers in the catering industry to develop new and innovative products tailored to meet their specific needs.
“The industry depends on innovative and collaborative product design, something that’s much easier to successfully achieve when you manufacture at the point of concept. In this respect, the investments in our manufacturing facilities aren’t just investments in our business, but an investment in our customers’ futures.”
Mr Edwards noted that for the first 25 years of its 50-year history, it had a long heritage of manufacturing and it is keen to resurrect that by making the most of the skilled labour force available in the UK.