North Yorkshire-based Ellis Patents
, a world-leading cable cleat manufacturer, has invested £0.5 million in a 25% expansion of its headquarters in Rillington.
The main element of the expansion is a new 10,000ft2
warehouse which will be used primarily for assembly and storage. However, its construction has freed up 7,000ft2
of space in existing parts of the facility whch can now be used to expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities – which is considered vital for future growth and improved business efficiency.
Richard Shaw, managing director of Ellis Patents, said: “We can claim the position of market leaders because we design, develop and manufacture products, which others simply try to emulate. Innovation has always been at the heart of the business, and through it we will continue to lead our sector forwards.”
“The extended manufacturing space will allow us to increase our range of manufacturing processes, bring even more new and unique products to market, and widen the range of markets we serve.”
Danny Macfarlane, Ellis Patents operations director, said: “Finishing the construction phase just as the pandemic struck the UK provided us with a unique opportunity to completely re-organise our entire factory ,which would have been impossible under normal working conditions.”
“The new space is more logically planned, which has improved work-flow and reduced down time; making us significantly more efficient. All of which means we are emerging as a business in great shape ready to make the most of the opportunities and challenges presented by the post-Covid-19 world.”
Ellis manufactures cable cleats that are used to secure large power cables in major new construction and retrofit projects around the world. Its UK-designed and manufactured products are in demand both around the world and at home, with the company actively exporting into more than 40 different countries.
The expansion of its premises is the latest in a process of site development that has seen it expand from 7,000 to 50,000ft2
since Ellis moved to Rillington from York in 1974.
Mr Shaw concluded: “We are proud to call Rillington home. The vast majority of our staff come either from the village or its surrounding areas, which means the success we enjoy should be seen and celebrated as a truly local success story.”