Expac goes green in £1m relocation
Expac of preston,a contract manufacturer focused upon the household, health, beauty and personal care sectors, are set to move production of all future manufacturing to their new facility. The new site is less than 2 miles from their current plant and although location was not the main priority, the convenient move does ensure that no local jobs will be lost and all employee experience and expertise can be retained.
With a view to energy saving, Expac are aiming to set new standards within contract manufacturing. The services of Lancaster University have been enlisted in order to explore the latest green science and technology available. As a manufacturer who takes their corporate responsibility seriously, the goal is for Expac to become carbon neutral within three years and they plan to utilise solar heating and collected rainwater to make this possible.
Expac who currently produce over 50pc of all talcum powder in the UK and whose services include product development, manufacturing and contract packing, are planning to invest over £1million in order to significantly upgrade their current capabilities. Their new facility is currently a blank canvas and will incorporate a new bespoke powder manufacturing facility, liquid blending, filling facility, and an on-site design suite upon completion. There is also 10,000 sq. ft. of extra capacity to take on new projects, which lies ready to be converted as required.
A 15 year lease has been signed and a moving in date is set for December 2011. Although with offices still to be built and much of the new facility still to be completed it’s all hands on deck for the committed workforce. At present a large proportion of expac’s current business is within the manufacture of personal care products however the new facility has been designed around the latest food hygiene regulations. This follows expac’s continuous endeavour to not just meet their customers’ expectations but to consistently exceed these.
Expac are starting to see a resurgence in UK manufacture and the brand owners and retailers that once looked to the Far East and China to source their inexpensive products, are now starting to look back at the UK. The closing price gap, long lead times and difficult to control quality parameters are all factors why UK manufacture is once again a very viable option. It is expac’s plan to use their extra space for storage and in doing so intend to offer their customers very competitive, just in time manufacturing solutions.
Mark Langtree Managing Director of Expac added it’s currently exciting times for Expac, although we remain very conscious of the difficult trading conditions we are optimistic for the future. We have been well aware that the lease of the present site was due to expire and as such investment into the current facility has been limited. We are confident that the new premises will provide extra opportunities that can benefit our current clients, as well as the potential new ones. We are looking forward to 2012 and to writing a positive new chapter in the history of Expac.
Should you wish to visit expac’s new facilities and see how they could benefit your brand please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the dedicated business development team awaits your enquiry.
N.B last blog until the relocation has been completed, please see we are moving blog for all further news/updates with reagrd to the new premises.