Barnsley company looks to double workforce and increase turnover

Barnsley company looks to double workforce and increase turnover

A Barnsley-based manufacturing company that exports its products to over 50 countries worldwide is looking to double its workforce after entering new markets and securing contract wins.

Xtraflex Ltd cuts and assembles bespoke hoses for customers in diverse sectors including the pharmaceutical, marine and automotive industries. Its flexible hosing is used in the manufacture of products such as cosmetics, chocolate and other food stuffs.  

Currently employing a team of nine, the company is looking to double that to 18 by the end of 2017.

Turnover is also set to grow from £1.8m to reach just over £2.3m by the end of 2017 after the company has achieved this growth through export deals and moving in to the milk production market in the UK and Ireland.

In the future, the company is looking to move to larger custom-built premises as it anticipates outgrowing their current 6000 sq ft premises at Fallbank Industrial Estate at Dodworth in Barnsley.

Xtraflex has been provided with support and guidance in business matters and help in gaining accreditations by Enterprising Barnsley, the business development arm of Barnsley Council.

Xtraflex exports to a total of 57 countries including Sweden, Spain, Canada, Australia and Singapore. It exports 1,000 specialised safety hoses a month for the American fire brigade and also is ready to export 1.2m metres of automotive hosing to the US and Mexico.

Managing director, Simon Cooper, said: “We’re currently experiencing very exciting times here at Xtraflex. We’re always looking to push ourselves and grow as a business and we’re in the process of growing bigger and better than we’ve ever been. 

“Because of this, we’ve obviously started to give some thought about moving to new premises but we’re not going far. We want to stay in Barnsley. We get great support and the transport links are great and really help a regular exporter like ourselves.”


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