Following a three-year research and development programme, the production facility in York is now manufacturing the company’s new steel-framed building system. The company claims that its manufacturing centre is now ‘the most advanced of its kind in Europe’.
New processes and production technology have resulted in more design options for customers, it said.
The investment, which is the biggest single investment in the history of Portakabin, has provided:
- A new production line designed to manufacture a large range of module sizes and building configurations
- Single man module movement capability
- A production system that uses open pour polyurethane insulation technology, with zero ozone depletion potential
- A new CNC router with full CAD/CAM interface
- Additional production capacity to meet future demand and larger projects.
Kevin Jones, director and general manager of Portakabin Sales, said: “At a time when a number of modular building companies have gone out of business and the UK is suffering tremendous economic challenges, we have made the biggest single investment in the history of our business and a clear commitment to the future of our sector and the construction industry.
“We are taking modular construction to the next phase – leading the way in innovation to produce buildings with the highest levels of architectural appeal, the widest choice of modules currently available in the UK, unprecedented design flexibility – all manufactured sustainably, and backed up with outstanding customer service.
“The new production facility gives us the opportunity to compete head on with traditional site-based construction, as well as the modular building sector – with greater capacity. We can now produce even bigger, better buildings and I am delighted to report that all visitors to the factory have been hugely impressed, a credit to our technical, engineering, design and production teams.”