Garner Aluminium Extrusions (Garnalex), a new extrusion company in Nether Heage, Derbyshire, U.K., received delivery of a state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion press. The purchase and delivery of the machine — which weighs 170 tons and will be assembled onsite by SMS group technicians — represents a £9 million (~US$11.6 million) investment to date. The equipment is expected to be commissioned in August and the company extruding and selling aluminum profiles by Winter 2019.
The new extrusion company was formed by Roger Hartshorn, who is well known in the building and construction industry with ties to HL Plastics and Eurocell PLC. According to Hartshorn the U.K. consumed 190,000 tons of aluminum extrusions in 2018, however, only 110,000 tons was produced in the U.K. — providing an excellent opportunity for a local supplier. “Garnalex is a really exciting new business and this initial investment is just the start of the journey. The aluminum extrusion service will initially supply local companies and then eventually branch out into our own range of products,” said Hartshorn. “The huge benefit we will have is speed of response to supply customers from a U.K. source [while providing] the highest quality with latest SMS low energy plant technology into an industry and a customer base that we have supplied for over 30 years.”
The company currently employs 5 full time directors experienced within the industry to lay the foundations and controls for the new Garnalex business venture. The company is planning further recruitment over the summer as the equipment installation approaches completion, with employees expected to reach 35 by the end of the year.
“In line with my continued philosophy, we have exciting plans for further investment in premises, equipment, and plant to further develop the new business,” said Hartshorn. “I’m excited with the prospects of Garnalex. The Amber Valley region in particular is already a successful location for innovation and development in manufacturing and we’ve been lucky enough to attract some of the best people in the area to join the team.”
Garner Holdings — which has successfully developed the majority of the Denby Hall Business Park over the last 12 years, building 10 industrial premises totaling 56,000 sq m and employing 700 people — is in the process of applying to the local authority to develop a second phase of the estate in order to obtain an additional 19 hectars of purpose-built industrial units. The application proposes to build new bespoke facilities for Garnalex, HL Plastics, Manthorpe Engineering, and LB Plastics.