Landmark site gets £10million face lift

Official opening of Decorative Panels, Lowfields Way, Lowfield Business Park, Elland'Pictured are chairman Steve Gaunt, CEO Guy Metcalfe and MP Craig Whittaker
Official opening of Decorative Panels, Lowfields Way, Lowfield Business Park, Elland'Pictured are chairman Steve Gaunt, CEO Guy Metcalfe and MP Craig Whittaker

Manufacturing in Calderdale has received a huge boost after a new £10m factory was officially opened.

Decorative Panels Components Limited, on the Lowfields Business Park in Elland, have opened a brand new product facility in the former Carrington Wire site.

The new site, which employs 100 staff, was opened by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker in front of almost 300 guests.

The ceremony, which had a Best of British manufacturing theme, was held in a marquee outside the new factory.

Decorative Panels Components, which is part of the privately run Decorative Panels Group of companies, specialises in the production of high volume kitchen and bedroom carcases, with capacity of over 600,000 panels per week.

The site is equipped with state of the art chipboard processing equipment and represents one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Europe.

Group Managing Director, Guy Metcalfe, said: “The development of such a facility is testament to our commitment to manufacturing in the UK utilising the most advanced and efficient technologies.

“We have always viewed such investments as key to competitive success in what is a global market.”

Group Chairman Steve Gaunt said: “Today sees the culmination of what has been a seven year plan.

“We have brought the best of British manufacturing to our sector, position ourselves to be ready for the future with capacity and efficiency that rivals the best in the world.”

Mr Whittaker said: “One of the great things as an MP is being able to come and see some of the fantastic manufacturing in the Calder Valley and this is one of the very best not just in this country, but in Europe.”

The factory was originally built twelve years ago as a dedicated wire drawing factory commissioned by Carrington Wire - but was subsequently bought by a Russian firm who closed the factory and moved the machinery to Russia.

Decorative Panels Group bought the mothballed factory in January 2011 and spent £10m transforming it into the state of the art facility.