Catering equipment supplier Die-Pat has announced a new commitment to shorten customer lead times and enhance customer involvement with product development following the first stage of a £1m investment to bring manufacturing back in-house.
The Die-Pat group of companies (incorporating Die-Pat Holdings, owner of Die-Pat Divisions Limited and Vantage Products Limited) supplies specialised catering equipment, hardware and plumbing components to the hospitality industry, but has, outsourced all manufacturing for the past 20 years.
The reintroduction of an in-house production facility has been initiated to ensure the business is better able to respond to customer demands, provide increased business flexibility and agility, and a shorter lead-time for its customers across the catering sector.
In-house manufacturing at the business's Daventry facility started earlier this year, with the introduction of a high-speed laser cutting centre, a press brake and other ancillary equipment needed for producing its comprehensive portfolio of equipment.
Eddy Edwards, managing director, of Die Pat Holdings, said: "This is just the first step of what will be a series of investments to position us at the forefront of product development, enabling us to work ever-closer with our customers in the catering industry to develop new and innovative products tailored to meet their specific needs.
"The industry depends on innovative and collaborative product design, something that's much easier to successfully achieve when you manufacture at the point of concept. In this respect, the investments in our manufacturing facilities aren't just investments in our business, but an investment in our customers' futures.
He added: "We celebrated our 50-year anniversary last year, and for the first 25 years we had a long heritage of manufacturing, something that we're very keen to resurrect. We want to make the most of the skilled labour force we have here in the UK, creating new jobs in the process through apprenticeship schemes, and enabling experience and expertise to be passed on to the next generation."
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