The expansion of Scotts Precision Manufacturing’s new factory has reached the half way point with the installation of £500,000 of equipment.
The vegetable harvesting equipment manufacturer, best known for its innovative Evolution separator and Trinity toppers, has this month taken delivery of a new Street five tonne overhead crane, a CNC lathe and press brake with a polyurethane casting machine due to be installed next month into its Slate Worx site near Boston.
Building work on the 6,500 square foot extension started in January and is now at the half way stage.
Funded in part by the Rural Development Programme for England LEADER Fund, the development will see Scotts double the size of its factory.
“It’s fantastic to take delivery of the crane and have the lathe in position and a new press brake,” says Derek Scott, director of Scotts Precision Manufacturing. “2019 has been an exciting and challenging year so far. We’ve been enjoying unprecedented demand for our Evolution separators and Trinity haulm toppers, which is humbling. However, with the building work coinciding with the increase in orders has given us a few logistical challenges to overcome, which we’re doing and we’re busier than ever!
“The new factory will give us much needed space and the new equipment will allow us to increase productivity, introduce new services, such as machining and pressing of steel services and will allow us to bring some more of our manufacturing process in-house.
“Thanks to funding and support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the team from Lindsey Action Zone LEADER Fund, we’re well on course to achieve our ambitions of having a state-of-the-art production facility which will allow us to cope with the growing interest our machines are receiving, not just from farmers in the UK but around the world.”
In the last two months, Scotts has delivered machines to growers in Belgium, Holland, Norway, Sweden, North America and Canada and recruited two new people to its team as a result of the increase in demand.
Established in 1994, Scotts Precision Manufacturing specialises in the design and manufacturing of highly efficient vegetable handling equipment. Its products, such as the Evolution Separator, often feature in full handling line solutions supplied by leading manufacturers but can also be retrofitted by farmers looking to upgrade.