New investment in Leyland rubber plant

Following the recent acquisition of Leyland Rubber Components Ltd (LRC) and its merger with Dexine Rubber Technologies Ltd, to form a new company, Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Ltd (DLRT), owners Hughes Armstrong Industries has announced significant investment in the LRC site.

An initial investment of £300k is being made in what was the LRC facility to improve the building, purchase new and refurbish existing equipment, and relocate the Dexine operation from its current site in Rochdale, with further investment currently under review.

The decision to relocate the Dexine operation was taken in the context of limitations on its operation due to complaints from local residents and a lack of space for future development. In contrast the LRC facility offers scope for future expansion and is situated in a large business park.

Steven Lord, Chief Executive of Hughes Armstrong Industries Ltd, commented ‘The synergies that already existed between LRC and Dexine have provided the platform for this investment. On completion of the work complementary products will be manufactured at a single site providing us with economies of scale and room to fulfil our future growth plans.’

Discussions are ongoing with the Dexine workforce working towards relocating the majority of the staff and employees to Leyland.

The work at LRC will commence in August with a completion date scheduled in November 2016.