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EJOT UK expands manufacturing, R&D and customer service in multi-million pound programme

  • 14 Sep 2021

Construction fastening systems manufacturer EJOT has made a significant investment in its manufacturing capacity and technical support, in a project which has more than doubled the size of its UK HQ, production and logistical facility near Leeds.

The company produces a wide range of high-performing fastening solutions for the building envelope and many other construction applications, as well as advanced engineering fasteners predominantly for the automotive industry. The scale of its Sherburn-in-Elmet site will be increased to create a state-of-the-art facility tailored to the needs of the UK market, with class-leading support for customer innovation.

In addition to providing extensive new manufacturing space and a logistical control centre 40% more storage capacity, the expansion includes a state-of-the-art upgrade to the EJOT Applitec centre – already unique in the industry.

Unlike any testing and R&D facility available in the UK, this ‘application technology’ facility will be triple the size of the existing, providing a resource for fastener testing and new product development in conjunction with OEMs. The resources available will include two new environmental testing laboratories where the long-term performance of EJOT products can be reliably assessed.

‘Converting customer problems into product solutions’

Robert Hardstaff, Managing Director at EJOT UK, comments: “Our ethos of ‘converting customer problems into product solutions’, both reactively and often proactively to prevent problems evolving in the first place, requires us to have the right technical resources and quality procedures in place to meet whatever challenges our customers face.

“Our new facilities will enable us to do this in a way that not only continues this level of support, but also reaffirms our unique positioning to the industries we now serve.”

In addition to expanding production of EJOT’s core range of fasteners and creating a platform to develop EJOT UK’s future workforce, the extended site will include new facilities for manufacturing the LIEBIG range of heavy duty anchors – a brand the EJOT Group acquired from Finnish company Sormat in 2017. 

Robert continues: “The investment programme represents so much more than just a building extension. It supports EJOT’s family business approach that drives our global strategy to continuously re-invest profits into the business and futureproof our employment needs by providing youth career opportunities in highly skilled and technical roles.”

Apprenticeship programme

EJOT UK currently has 10% of its UK HQ workforce benefitting from an apprenticeship programme in various formats. These apply to different areas of the business ranging from technical services and quality management to engineering and manufacturing. Qualification goals are both vocational and degree level. 

Everyone in the EJOT UK team also benefits from mentoring – one of the cornerstones of the company’s success globally. This facilitates the sharing of knowledge, advice and guidance by a combination of tutors, senior management and often employees that have already graduated through the system to continuously improve skills and build on best practice.

German headquartered EJOT GmbH, still a privately owned German family business, established its UK operations in Leeds in 1985, but it has a much longer heritage extending back to 1922. And as the EJOT Group approaches its 100th anniversary, recent investments in its plants across the world, as well as the UK, ensure the business is in excellent shape for its next era.

In addition to the construction market, EJOT provides fastening systems for applications across manufacturing and engineering, including the automotive, white goods and electrical industries. Many of the world’s leading car brands depend on EJOT fastening systems throughout their manufacture as they meet the global challenges to build stronger and build lighter. 

Find out more about EJOT UK at www.ejot.co.uk. 

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