Nay­lor In­dus­tries in £5m in­vest­ment

Nay­lor In­dus­tries makes £5m in­vest­ment

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PIPEWORKS: A con­struc­tion prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer is hop­ing to help pro­tect Bri­tain against flood­ing dur­ing ex­treme weather with the open­ing of a new fac­tory ex­ten­sion.

Barns­ley-based Nay­lor In­dus­tries says its £5m in­vest­ment will al­low it to make larger diameter pipes to carry big vol­umes of sur­face wa­ter.

A CON­STRUC­TION prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer is hop­ing to help pro­tect Bri­tain against flood­ing dur­ing ex­treme weather with the open­ing of a new fac­tory ex­ten­sion.

Barns­ley-based Nay­lor In­dus­tries says its £5m in­vest­ment will al­low it to make larger diameter pipes to carry big vol­umes of sur­face wa­ter.

The fam­ily-owned com­pany has in­stalled a high-tech pro­duc­tion line to manufacture large diameter plas­tic drainage pipes for its cus­tomers in the in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­ture and util­i­ties mar­kets.

Nay­lor In­dus­tries said the de­ci­sion to make the in­vest­ment was partly driven by the in­creas­ingly un­pre­dictable cli­mate.

Ed­ward Nay­lor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Nay­lor In­dus­tries, said: “Ev­ery year we seem to be see­ing on­cein-a-life­time weather events.

“As it rains more heav­ily, we need larger ca­pac­ity pipe­lines to deal with storm wa­ter.

“Large diameter pipes are an im­por­tant part of mea­sures to de­fend the coun­try against flood­ing.”

The Duke of Kent opened the fa­cil­ity. He toured the fac­tory with Mr Nay­lor and met with staff mem­bers and ap­pren­tices.

“Queen Vic­to­ria was on the throne when my great-grand­fa­ther founded Nay­lor In­dus­tries,” Mr Nay­lor said.

He added: “It was an hon­our to show the Duke of Kent around our fa­cil­i­ties.”

The busi­ness was founded in 1890 and orig­i­nally man­u­fac­tured clay pipes but ex­panded into plas­tic in 2000.

Mr Nay­lor says Bri­tish man­u­fac­tur­ing has a bright fu­ture. Nay­lor trades in­ter­na­tion­ally and has ex­ported pipes onto ev­ery con­ti­nent and into 65 over­seas mar­kets.

“If you use the best avail­able tech­nol­ogy and you are ef­fi­cient in your raw ma­te­rial sourc­ing and pro­cesses, the fact that your unit cost of labour is more ex­pen­sive than over­seas com­peti­tors is mit­i­gated by the fact that they have to pay a lot of money to ship their prod­ucts across the world,” he said.

The firm’s plas­tic pipe pro­duc­tion uses large vol­umes of re­cy­cled post-con­sumer and post-in­dus­trial plas­tic waste.

Nay­lor made the in­vest­ment de­ci­sion be­fore Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union.

“We pro­gressed this de­vel­op­ment de­spite the out­come of the Brexit ref­er­en­dum,” the chief ex­ec­u­tive said.

He added: “Although this has in­tro­duced some un­cer­tainty into our key mar­kets, we hope in due course to get our share of the big in­fra­struc­ture projects which are in the pipe­line such as the high-speed rail, smart mo­tor­way and nu­clear power projects”

The in­vest­ment will en­able the firm to manufacture larger, dou­ble-walled pipes, which are 750mm, 900mm and 1050mm in diameter.

It also cre­ates 20 new jobs and in­creases ca­pac­ity at the Cawthorne site, which al­ready man­u­fac­tures up to 50 miles of pipe per day.

While the main plant was pur­chased from its Ger­man ma­chin­ery sup­plier, around a dozen lo­cal sup­pli­ers were en­gaged in the fac­tory ex­ten­sion project and en­abling works.

Sh­effield City Re­gion Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship pro­vided a £615,000 grant to sup­port the project.

When Ed­ward Nay­lor took over as chief ex­ec­u­tive in 1993, Nay­lor was loss-mak­ing and had sales of £12m.

This year, the com­pany’s turnover broke through the £50m bar­rier for the first time. To­day it em­ploys 400 peo­ple at six sites across the UK. It also has a con­sumer busi­ness called York­shire Flow­er­pots.

Ev­ery year, the Nay­lor group man­u­fac­tures enough pipe to stretch around the world twice.

Its pre­vi­ous ma­jor in­vest­ment was in 2008.

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

PIPE DREAMS: Barns­ley-based Nay­lor In­dus­tries has in­vested £5m in a new fac­tory ex­ten­sion to help pro­tect Bri­tain against flood­ing.

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