New £5m factory for UKs biggest trailer manufacturer

New £5m factory for UK's biggest trailer manufacturer

An increase in demand for livestock trailers has allowed Ifor Williams Trailers to open up a new £5m factory in Flintshire.

The trailer manufacturer is setting up the new production line at a site in Sandycroft to create extra capacity to build its iconic livestock trailers.

The move will create up to 55 permanent jobs at the new facility with the line being moved from Cynwyd, near Corwen, where there wasn't enough capacity to expand operations.

The 30 permanent staff currently on the line at Cynwyd will be reassigned to other production lines.

The company was created in 1958 by local farmer Ifor Williams, who used an on-site galvanizing plant to give himself total control the production of chassis and other assemblies.

Today, it employs around 600 workers and has three other manufacturing sites at Corwen, Ruthin and Deeside Industrial Park.

Gordon Burns, the group head of human resources, said: "The new production line is being built to help assist with the company’s drive to bring all our production facilities in line with our world class manufacturing standards.

"The investment being made at the new site in Flintshire reflects the demonstration of confidence their customers have shown by placing orders with the company in the difficult time of post Brexit uncertainty.

"Our customers trust our brand and are aware of the solid and continued investment behind the brand. In times of uncertainty, they know that making an investment in our products is a safe investment because our products uniquely command excellent second hand and trade in values.

"We have experienced significant investment in the business over the last five years and we are delighted that the company has once again decided to make this further substantial investment in Wales."

Jon Mould, the group head of manufacturing operations, added: "In terms of the livestock trailers, we are at full capacity at our Cynwyd site because there is just no more space there and we are unable to implement the normal shift patterns worked throughout global manufacturing industry.

"The new production facility in Sandycroft will essentially enable us to double the number of livestock trailers we make and ensure our distributors and more importantly our customers get their trailers a lot more quickly after they order them.

"With continued substantial investment support, we have plans to continue the refurbishment and upgrade of the Cynwyd site manufacturing facility.