At the culmination of a significant investment program, the Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Ltd factory officially opened its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday 8th September, followed by three customer open days.
Local MP Seema Kennedy was given the honour of cutting the ribbon that marks the end of a program to merge Dexine Rubber Technologies Ltd and Leyland Rubber Components Ltd to form Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Ltd (DLRT). Significant investment totalling over £550,000 was made by DLRT’s owners Hughes Armstrong Industries Ltd, John Burdett and Chris Turner, in a program that included the relocation of Dexine Rubber Technologies to the Leyland Rubber Components site in Leyland, the improvement of the building, refurbishment of existing machines and the purchase of new equipment.
The program of investment has resulted in a business that has greater capacity to produce both existing and new products, and customers and suppliers were able to see this for themselves at a series of open days that followed the official opening. Over the three days of 12-14 September customers enjoyed a tour of the new facility and were able to view for the first time some of the new facilities that are now available to produce a range of moulded and fabricated components and sheeting. The new facilities offer increased productivity and process control for both existing and new products for applications in the Defence, Petro Chemical, Energy, Industrial and Marine & Safety sectors.
Stephen Lord, Chief Executive of Hughes Armstrong Industries Ltd, commented “This investment program is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Both Dexine Rubber Technologies and Leyland Rubber Components have some great products and long-standing, loyal customers; the combined DLRT is able to service existing business more efficiently whilst also using the combined R&D potential and manufacturing expertise to produce a range of new products that appeal to existing and new customers alike. The result is a stronger business built on a platform of consolidation and growth, and which the owners are confident will have a successful future.