Stewart spends £400,000 on pot planter machinery

Stewart, the British manufacturer and distributor of gardening products, catering products and technical moulding solutions, is investing in its manufacturing capability.

The plastics business is spending £400,000 to install a Ferry RotoSpeed RS-3000 rotational moulding machine at its state-of-the art factory in Banbury.

Stewart expects the machine to contribute to a 27 per cent increase in production across like for like manufacturing patterns within a year. The machine will allow greater capacity to grow in the rotational moulding category, which is largely centred on decorative pot planters in the garden sector, Stewart's fastest growing line.

Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart, says the upgrade is linked to the company’s commitment to improving manufacturing capacity, efficiency and speed: "The Ferry RotoSpeed RS-3000 will help us realise our growth potential and enhance our reputation for quality, timely and accurate production. "Our analysis shows that the payback period for this investment will be relatively short. Due to the high performance and efficiency of this machine it will do more than three of the existing ones put together. So our productivity will be up considerably in comparison to our current capacity very soon. This is a sizeable investment that proves once again that Stewart is a committed market leader."

Madison Industries, Ferry Industries Inc. is supplying the Ferry RotoSpeed RS-3000.

Stockists include B&Q, Homebase and Wilko and garden centres such as Dobbies and Klondyke/Strikes, Wyevale and over 600 independent garden centres.

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