£200,000 investment for Godfrey Syrett

£200,000 investment for Godfrey Syrett

North East furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has invested over £200,000 in new fabric cutting technology supporting the continued innovation of its furniture range.

The firm has invested in a Lectra fabric cutting solution, as well as specialist pattern and marker making software.

This follows the firm’s £400,000 investment in new board cutting technology last year, which led to £3m of new contracts.

The firm, founded in 1947, hopes that its latest investment will boost its plans to grow turnover to £40m within five years.

The new equipment will optimise and automate the production of a number of the company’s key products, cutting in 2.5 minutes what would have taken 40 minutes using a manual process.

Godfrey Syrett’s operations director, Michael Donachie, said: “Previously, our products were

designed, developed and manufactured by hand. Whilst we are very proud of this heritage, this approach did have the potential for costly production errors.

“After pinpointing our needs, Lectra demonstrated the impact automation would have on production speed and cost. The results were fantastic, fabric savings were significant versus manual cutting, at around 33%.

“We expect to substantially increase our production capacity as well as our agility. By demonstrating such impressive results, as well as being able to connect us to a global network of manufacturers.”

Neil Tweddle, managing director at Godfrey Syrett added: “In a market driven by the need for flexibility, style, innovation as well as function, we knew that we had to transform as a business to achieve our growth ambitions and secure new business.

“Technology is playing a major part in this transformation and I am excited to see how the business will continue to grow as a result of this latest investment.”   


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