Posted 30th Nov 2018

Omega completes £20m expansion plan

By KBBDaily on 30th November 2018 - 07:00am
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Kitchen manufacturer Omega Plc has completed its £20m expansion plan for its Yorkshire plant, which the company says has increased total production capacity to £125m as well as “preparing the company for Brexit”.

The company kicked off its investment programme in January and said at the time that the £7.5m expansion of the Yorkshire plant will increase the overall size to 400,000sq ft and will house additional storage and offices.

Omega also invested £12m in new machinery from plant and machinery manufacturer Homag earlier this year, purchasing two additional rigid assembly lines for the expanded warehouse. Chairman Bob Murray noted that the company has either replaced or updated 95% of the processes and equipment in the factory to “improve efficiency and future-proof the Omega plant”.

“As Brexit fast approaches, many retailers remain uncertain how the changing economic environment is going to affect them and their business – especially when it comes down to their suppliers,” said Murray. “There are concerns in the marketplace about orders being delayed at the ports and retailers not being able to deliver within the lead times promised.

“We understand these concerns and over the past year have spent a lot of time meticulously preparing to ensure the effects of Brexit are as minimal as possible and our recent investment is a testimony to this. We set out to control everything we can control and have invested £20m in 2018 to achieve this,” he added.

“As part of our control plan we have also put extensive measures in place to ensure a smooth transition through Brexit by continuing to work closely with our leading European partners. These close relationships will be invaluable to maintain our customer promise of exceptional customer service.”

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