Expamet invests £500K in UK base

Published:  12 May, 2009

HARTLEPOOL: A £500 000 investment will secure production at Expamet Building Products' Hartlepool site, the company says. It will ensure the company can expand its range of bespoke builders' metalwork.

The company made an investment into new tooling and machinery to enhance productivity for current lines, while also branching out into a variety of products for the specification market.

This expansion coincides with the creation of a new 'construction division' which aims to place Expamet at the forefront of the market and opens new doors for distribution.

The division is centred on the company's Hy-Rib permanent formwork for concrete. It  will encompass a range of new products, including Type 1 wall ties, galvanised and stainless steel wind posts and masonry support systems.

"We wanted to expand the business in a way that would offer real benefits to our customers," explains managing director, Nigel Dickinson. "By working closely with our customers and including them in the whole development process we have been able to compile a range of products which offer maximum sales potential for merchants and distributors."

New products will take the same route to market as Expamet's existing lines, enabling merchants to expand their offering to a much wider customer base.

"Over the years we have established long term relationships with our customers which we value immensely," continues Mr Dickinson. "We are not prepared to by-pass those relationships just to make a profit."

Expamet Building products was established in 1889 making it one of the oldest British companies in the construction industry.

Since its acquisition by the EXMET Group two years ago, the company has seen a steady growth in sales. With the subsequent acquisition of wall tie specialist Power Place, EXMET is fast becoming one of the most successful groups of British companies in this industry today.

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