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Worksop factory invests £2 million

A Nottinghamshire garden buildings manufacturer has invested over two million pounds in new equipment to boost production.

Worksop based Kybotech has invested the capital in the last 12 months on two pieces of specialist equipment.

Over £1 million has been spent on machinery to manufacture log cabins with a further £400,000 on timber pressure treatment machinery.

Kybotech manufactures garden buildings for its two brands BillyOh.com and GardenBuildingsD i rect.co.uk and over recent years has grown its portfolio of products to include log cabins, garden offices and playhouses.

Recent investment in equipment and training has seen production and sales at the online retailer increase.

The manufacturer secured £400,000 from a Regional Growth Fund grant which was put towards a total £2 million investment in new wood cutting machinery to enable a much wider range of log cabins to be manufactured on site in Worksop.

Manufacturing capacity has increased, and sales have gone up by 55% since the products were launched on site.

The company has also invested a further £400,000 on the technology, equipment and training to run timber pressure treatment machinery.

The equipment pressure treats and preserves the wood used to manufacture the buildings meaning they’re lower maintenance and more durable.

Kybotech employs over 220 worldwide, making sheds, log cabins, playhouses, green houses and outdoor garden buildings. There are currently over 800 buildings in the range which are shipped to customers across the UK.

Founder Charles Walton said:

“The investment in the factory has come at the right time for us. Around two years ago we anticipated a gap in the market for log cabins so began design and manufacture.

“The EU funding allowed us to buy the equipment we needed to speed up the manufacturing process and as a result, we’ve seen capacity increase and sales go up.

“We’re expecting the popularity of log cabins to continue to grow over the coming years and because we anticipated the trend, we’re ahead of our biggest manufacturing competitors.”

Charles continued:

“The pressure treatment equipment is another good way for us to offer our customers more choice and a finished product which will require little maintenance and upkeep.

“Feedback from time poor customers has told us this is what they’re looking for in a shed and wooden garden building and we’re keen to meet that demand.

“Over the next 12 months we’ll be looking at other ways we can upgrade the finished designs and offer our customers an even better-quality product.”


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