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Flooring manufacturer invests £4m on new machinery project

Forbo Flooring based in Ripley Derbyshire has invested £4.1m in a new project which will increase manufacturing capacity and efficiency following the purchase of a new £3m Double Belt Thermofix laminating machine that makes floor coverings.

Heavy machinery moving specialist Joseph Merritt Group Plc was appointed to store, move and install the new machine.

Forbo Flooring has manufactured the ‘Flotex’ brand for over 45 years. The product is available in sheet, tile and plank format. Flotex flocked flooring has been installed in an array of commercial environments, including hotels, offices, universities, gyms, student accommodation, schools, bars and more.

The Double Belt Thermofix laminating line was purchased to replace the existing 17 year old production facility which makes a recyclable substrate from the Flotex manufacturing waste and is then laminated on another production line to make the new tile & plank range.

Corey Edwards, Forbo’s strategic project manager, was responsible for delivering the project. Commenting, he said,

“The investment will streamline and speed up the production process for this particular product and we are hoping this will deliver a quick return on investment.”

He added, "We have worked with the Merritts team on many occasions as they have the facilities, equipment and skill sets to plan, manage, deliver and install machinery that is shipped to the UK from multiple countries.”

Merritts Director, James Merritt, co-ordinated the delivery and installation of the new machine from manufacturers based in Europe. Commenting, he said,

“We were pleased to provide Forbo with the specialist services they required for their project. From the initial offload of the equipment into our secure storage facility, through to the onward delivery and provision of installation services, we were able to deliver a complete turnkey solution for their new investment. It is always a pleasure to work with Forbo and we look forward to working with them again."

The main machine was manufactured by IPCO who are based in Germany. The machine ancillaries which control the upstream/downstream were manufactured in Italy by Erhardt & Leimer Ltd.


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