Sheet metal manufacturers Salamander Fabrications has secured a £240,000 investment from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for high-tech automated machinery.
The Slaithwaite-based firm’s funding success follows a successful 2019, which has seen the workshop bolster its workforce by 10, seeing the 50-strong business win a number of leading contracts – including a project to supply components for a large rail refurbishment project.
The six-figure boost will focus on funding an additional 6Kw laser and fully automated warehouse system with full connectivity to the two lasers meaning 24/7 capability on both machines.
“This is the first part of a new phase of growth for us. Securing the LEP funds goes a very long way towards our projections of transforming Salamander from a £5 million turnover company to a £10 million organisation – so we couldn’t be happier,” said David McStrafick, a director at Salamander.
“We thrive on innovation and pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking manufacturer because we know the power of automation and what robotics can do. The new pieces of equipment will vastly enhance our efficiency, volume of output and maintain our high standard of work.
“Automation meets a huge demand for both customers and our workforce. The scale and speed at which we’ll be able to operate will be exponential and a huge boost towards expansion and upskilling our employees in new technology.”