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New factory to boost production for Ray Smith

A Peterborough-based market-leader in the manufacture of demountable bodies and powered tail-lifts for the road transport industry is aiming to boost production through the construction of a new, purpose-built factory.

The Ray Smith Group is ploughing 3 million into the construction of new premises on a 7.5 acre site in Fengate, Peterborough. With work scheduled for completion in August, the company plans to relocate from its existing premises at Botolph Bridge, Oundle Road.

The company's expansion has been welcomed by Gloria Milne, chief executive of Greater Peterborough Investment Agency, who performed the official ground-breaking ceremony. She said: "This is another demonstration of confidence in Peterborough's economic expansion by a company which is an acknowledged leader in its chosen market."

Group chairman Ray Smith said: "Our new factory will permit us to integrate all our manufacturing activities under one roof and enable us to step up production to meet continual increases in demand.

"The streamlined production facilities will boost our efficiency and assure our future competitiveness in the face of intense rivalry in the commercial vehicle market and the adverse trading effects of the strong pound."

The company, which was founded as Ray Smith Demountables Ltd in 1972, is committed to the development of products which improve road transport delivery times and minimise operating costs.

Its demountable container 'swop bodies' have retractable legs which permit them to be unloaded from truck chassis, allowing the truck to continue in operation while the container is being filled or emptied.

Its chassis-mounted, electro-hydraulic cantilever tail-lifts reduce goods delivery times and eliminate unnecessary manual handling. Another group company called Garfield Hydrol, which manufactures hydraulic cylinders for the group and other companies, will also be moving to the new Fengate factory.

Ray Smith added: "Demand for our productivity-enhancing products is accelerating as road transport providers search for ways of cutting operating costs and getting more work out of fewer vehicles."

February 2000




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