The 6,300m² extension, which is scheduled for completion in April next year, will provide a large new logistics area and warehousing, complete with automated loading bays and additional holding lanes.
The UK plant is one of 23 Armacell manufacturing facilities worldwide and a primary location for the production of the AF/Armaflex Class O, ArmaSound RD and Tubolit insulation ranges for HVACR, industrial process and heating and plumbing applications.
Armacell UK has been based at the 26,400m² Mars Street site since the mid 1960s.
The new site layout will accommodate state of the art extrusion and milling equipment for the Armaflex range and the extension building will house Armacell’s value added manufacturing activities including ArmaSound production processes, new self-seal production lines, lamination activities and pre-fabricated fittings for pipe bends, elbows and t-pieces. The extension will also incorporate a new maintenance and engineering workshop and stores.
The main office building is also being modernised and a currently disused building on the Mars Street site is also being renovated into a new office space for Armacell’s finance and admin team.
The scheduled work follows on from the recent opening of a new technical application training centre at the Mars Street premises, equipped with new pipe, valve and ductwork demonstration equipment. Armaflex application training courses are held monthly at the new centre, providing accredited instruction for thermal insulation and M&E contractors.