As part of ongoing development of the business and premises of Astec Conveyors Limited, based in Swadlincote – Derbyshire, the company has announced the completion of a major refurbishment to the factory and offices that has taken months to complete.
Having acquired the site back in 2002 from a former ‘fabrication company’, Astec set about expanding the facilities to e more storage and workspace area with the introduction of a new 4000 sq ft mezzanine floor. This was shortly followed by the introduction of a £165k Trumpf CNC Punch and a new 160 tonne Bystronic CNC brake press, plus pre-treatment and powder coating plant that made them totally self sufficient in the design and manufacturing of conveyor modules, bespoke equipment and complete turnkey materials handling systems in-house.
This final stage of the development plan has seen a total transformation of the building’s exterior, including new brickwork, hardware fittings and complete re-cladding and insulation to eco specifications. As part of the plan, additional clear roof panels allowed for a 20% increase in natural daylight and contributed to savings in the carbon footprint.
Internally, the original offices have been totally gutted to provide a new feature reception area, modern offices and meeting rooms that maximize on the amount of natural light the interior receives.
Adrian Smart, Astec Conveyors Managing Director reported, "When we decided to acquire and move to the current site, we had a strategic plan for the future of Astec Conveyors and that was to invest and become totally self sufficient and provide a proficient ‘one-stop source’ for conveyors and integrated material handling solutions.
With major investment in the manufacturing side of our business completed, the time was right to refurbish the exterior of the factory to reflect the commitment and professionalism of the operation, whilst modernising internal working conditions to create an attractive environment in which to work.
With more than 100 years combined experience within the materials handling, process and packaging industry, Astec Conveyors have established a core of regular satisfied customers who provide repeat business and are keen to offer referrals, which reflects their confidence and enabled us to control our expansion.
From originally supplying equipment to other OEM’s, Astec Conveyors diversified to capitalise on its wealth of experience to provide end user customers with conveyor systems and bespoke products such as conveying dividers/combiners, counter balanced pallet lifts, elevators/lowerators, etc, through to complete turnkey sortation handling systems. Everything is managed in-house, even down to undertaking functional design and electrical specifications.
Astec Conveyors work very closely with the customer to provide scheduled servicing arrangements as required and where necessary, have even been called upon to relocate equipment and production lines within a factory or even to other sites. When it comes to servicing the customer, Astec are always prepared to go that extra mile and as a result, we can confidently boast of having a healthy order book.
This substantial investment by Astec Conveyors Limited goes further than cosmetic improvements and is part of the company’s development strategy that will hopefully maintain and instil confidence in our existing and potential customers and sends a positive message to the industry."