Tubosider plans really hold water
24 November 2005, News release from Tubosider UK Ltd
Tubosider UK, the UK's no.1 manufacturer of corrugated steel drainage pipes and tanks for almost 20 years, has expanded to a striking new purpose built factory in St Helens to meet strong demand for its products from many sectors of the construction industry.
Tubosider structures have been fundamental to hundreds of contracts for the public and private sectors, including roads, airports, sports stadia, retail parks, schools and hospitals.
Recent projects include fully designed systems for Tesco, Manchester United, Birmingham Airport, Homebase and Plymouth Council.
Even with almost two months' downtime at the start of this year to move the whole plant from Warrington, Tubosider enjoyed a 25% increase in sales in the first half of 2005, thanks in large part to its thriving stormwater attenuation tanks business.
Tubosider is the UK arm of Gruppo Ruscalla, the world leader in corrugated steel products with a network of subsidiaries across Europe and South America, but the £2.5 million new site has been financed entirely by the UK company from ongoing profits.
"We needed much greater capacity to continue to grow the company, and the new site gives us a purpose built plant and offices and extensive storage, plus the space to expand further over coming years," said managing director Jim Dwyer, who has led the company's development for 15 years.
"We already have plans to increase manufacturing in line with greater demand."
Tubosider has quickly taken on 25% extra production staff, all in the fabrication department, and a new operator training programme has been started in pipemaking, the key element of the manufacturing process.
Apart from drainage pipes and stormwater attenuation tanks, the company produces bolted plate and liner plate structures, acoustic barriers, highway guardrails, parapet systems and rockfall and avalanche barriers.
The company provides a full system design service for consulting engineers and contractors of all sizes throughout the UK and Ireland.
Despite a nine-month build programme to complete the new site, sales at mid-year were already 118% of plan for 2005. For more information, go to www.tubosider.co.uk or phone 01744 452901.
For further information please email Tubosider UK Ltd