PRF Composite Materials has announced the opening of its fourth manufacturing facility in August 2021, completing an investment and expansion programme of approaching £6 million and significantly increasing manufacturing and R&D capacity and capability.
This state-of-the-art, purpose-built 14,700ft² manufacturing site brings material processing for kitting into a single, controlled environment, increasing manufacturing efficiency and helping PRF to minimise the impact of excessive price increases seen across the industry.
This new facility increases PRF’s total factory space to 40,000ft² and will make space in its other sites for further R&D and manufacturing expansion. In 2020 and 2021, the team have been busy investing and improving in R&D, with a complete upgrade of test equipment in both the chemical and material testing laboratories, thereby opening the door for new product development and technologies.
The company has also increased freezer storage space to 735m³, and installed an additional CNC machine and a third impregnation line. With sustainability in mind, the new site has been built with eco-efficient fixtures and fittings, including a PV system which generates 29,965kW of electricity a year, saving 16,676kg of carbon dioxide.
“Completing this significant expansion and investment into both capacity and technology will ensure that PRF can meet and exceed market and customer needs for the future, with industry-leading, innovative product development and efficient manufacturing,” stated company head of operations, Dave Ellson. “PRF will continue to invest in R&D, capacity expansion, and sustainability; working with our customers and supply chain with environmental needs in mind to contribute to a better future.”