UK-based adhesive specialist Beardow Adams Ltd, which has its global headquarters and manufacturing plant in Milton Keynes, has opened an additional production facility in Frankfurt, Germany, to better serve the market in mainland Europe and avert any potential economic or supply chain risks associated with BREXIT.
Comprising three 2,000m2 production halls, the newly constructed multimillion euro facility will initially focus on hot melt adhesives for the packaging market, including the company’s bio-based offer, which is designed for customers with an interest in boosting sustainability and reducing carbon footprint.
For convenience, the purpose-built facility is located alongside Beardow Adams’ existing German subsidiary, but has been established as a separate company: Beardow Adams Hot Melt Werk GmbH – which it says houses one of the largest production lines for hot melt adhesives in mainland Europe.
“The idea for our new facility in Frankfurt was to create extra capacity for our fast growing business and, due to the original announcement on BREXIT in 2016, it made sense to locate the extra capacity in central Europe. It will serve solely as a manufacturing facility for our existing sales infrastructure in continental Europe, providing quicker and more efficient product supply. Business functions such as sales and support in mainland Europe will continue as normal from our subsidiaries or distribution partners,” explains Eric Coveney, head of marketing at Beardow Adams.
The core range of hot melt adhesives for applications such as packaging cases and cartons are the largest business segment within the Beardow Adams Group. At present, the hot melt range is only manufactured in Milton Keynes (where it will continue) and Charlotte, NC, USA, so having a third production unit not only boosts capacity but provides business continuity by acting as a fall back manufacturing contingency.
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