Britannia Ventilation is to close its factory in Leamington Spa and shift production and manufacturing to sister company IMC’s plant in Wrexham.
The Leamington Spa site, which Britannia has operated from for more than 20 years, will be sold off once the move has taken place.
The relocation is envisaged to take between three and four months and during the intervening period IMC will assist with the manufacture of some ‘off the shelf” items to ensure that Britannia’s delivery commitments are met.
Proceeds from the sale of the Leamington Spa facility will be invested in a brand new IMC/Britannia centre of excellence at the Wrexham site where the two companies, which are both owned by Middleby, will carry out customer and service training.
Bosses say the restructuring will enable Britannia to increase its output and reduce its lead times by taking advantage of the £750,000 investment that IMC recently made in the North Wales facility. Britannia’s in-house installation team will also be expanded.
Steve Witt, managing director of IMC, said that Britannia had simply outgrown the current factory. “We are fortunate that following the recent investment made at Wrexham there is both the space and production capacity to relocate Britannia’s manufacturing operation – a move that will enable it to continue growing, increase its product range, and deliver a better customer experience.”
Mr Witt said the move would enable the company to slash lead times and leverage joint buying power on components.
“One of the biggest advantages to Britannia’s customers will be a reduction in lead times from their current level of 5-6 weeks to 2-3 weeks,” he said. “Furthermore, access to IMC’s purchasing power will result in the use of better quality components, increased product reliability, better control of costs and a structured pricing system, all of which will benefit dealers and, ultimately, the end-user.”
Britannia and IMC sales teams will continue to remain separate, but Britannia will now have access to dedicated product development and service teams to enhance customer support.
Andrew Galeckyj, commercial director at Britannia, said: “We have seen unprecedented growth over the last two years and this relocation to a much larger facility will enable Britannia to enhance its customer service, expand its product portfolio with innovative solutions and reinforce its position as a leading UK manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation.”