Roof Systems Manufacturer Increases Production Capacity
UK offsite ‘room in roof’ systems manufacturer Smartroof has completed a £1.2 million investment in its production facility.
The investment at the company’s Swadlincote facility in Derbyshire will increase manufacturing capacity by 150 per cent to allow the company to supply up to 25 plots a day.
As part of the investment at the 48,000ft2 production facility, attention has been paid to layout and flow of materials. Five state-of-the-art fabrication bays have been installed along with 18 new overhead cranes. To further increase the efficiency of production processes, new automated CNC saws enable safe, accurate and fast cross-cutting, while new roof and spandrel benches have been constructed to incorporate retractable airline hoses for improved safety. Whilst improving staff safety and reducing waste, the investment has dramatically increased the company’s production capability.
Kevin Sherlock, managing director, explains: "Following the continuing growth of our business it became clear we needed to further invest in our production facility to match the expectation and growth in demand from our customers.
"With housebuilders turning to ‘room in roof’ systems, this investment has allowed us to improve our output and support the delivery of UK housing programmes with an innovative system that meets the requirements for quality, safety and performance."
Smartroof's roofing solution maximises sellable space for housebuilders by creating rooms in roofs. Comprising a series of factory produced panels incorporating insulated roof panels, spandrel wall panels, dormers, roof windows, GRP chimneys, soffit and fascia, it is delivered to site and craned into place. Once in place, the roofs simply require roof tiling. The manufacturer cites many benefits, including less wastage, better control of quality, and simpler installation.