Hi-tech machine opening the door to growth

Colin Parker operating the new machine

Colin Parker operating the new machine

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A DOOR manufacturer is continuing to invest for the future after spending a “six figure sum” on a state-of-the-art machine.

Bridgman IBC, in Hartlepool, has bought a CNC (computer numerical control) wood machining centre for its centre on the Longhill Industrial Estate.

Commercial manager Stewart Hind said: “We have to invest to make sure we are ready for when the market picks up.”

But there are already signs of brighter times ahead. Mr Hind said: “We have got a few supply chain partners who are giving us quite a bit of work at the moment.

“We are definitely doing all right and we are holding our heads above water.”

The sophisticated new piece of kit can be machining one product whilst it is being loaded with another.

Mr Hind added: “We recognise that the recession brings with it the need to be more competitive on all fronts.

“We see this new investment as a resource that will increase our ability to respond to customer demands as the construction industry begins its recovery.

“The machine is twice the size of our existing machines and will be linked to our manufacturing software which will allow it to be programmed offline via our bespoke design software.

“This is an exciting time for our CNC and engineering team.”

The new investment follows hot on the heels of Bridgman investing in an industrial wood burner to save vast sums on its annual heating bill.

Bridgman employs 65 staff and makes fire doors, doorsets, glazed screens and washroom systems.

The 30-year-old firm is a privately owned business whose management team has over 100 years of experience in the construction products industry.

Bridgman’s recent contracts have included installing more than 70 cubicles in the East Stand at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United football club, putting cubicles and doorsets in at Stockton Library in an 18-month deal, and installing cubicles and 90 timber oak screens in at the new £15m Dyke House School, in Hartlepool.