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Jobs at risk as flooring company reveals plans to move part of its business to Leicestershire

Dozens of jobs are at risk after an international flooring company announced plans to ‘down scale’ – and move part of its business to Leicestershire.

Flowcrete, in Sandbach, has revealed that it wants reduce the number of manufacturing sites it currently has in the UK from three to one.

Bosses at the firm have so far failed to confirm whether or not its Booth Lane site, in Sandbach, will close completely.

But the manufacturing and warehousing operations at the site will definitely relocate – and it could happen as early as next year.

Now the 57 staff which Flowcrete employs in South Cheshire have been left in limbo about their future with the business.

 

Flowcrete’s parent company RPM International confirmed to CheshireLive that it is ‘currently reviewing all UK manufacturing and warehouse facilities within the group.’

A statement issued by the company said: “On 1 June 2019, tremco illbruck, RPM Belgium Vandex and Flowcrete were brought together under a single management structure.

 

“Sales, marketing and finance activities have been combined to add value by leveraging synergies and strengths in the marketplace. This will optimise the group’s product and service offering and give access to a greater portfolio of building product solutions for the customer across the market-leading brands detailed above.

“The next phase of this business optimisation is the consolidation of manufacturing and warehouse facilities to improve manufacturing efficiencies and service levels.



Dawn Gibbins established Flowcrete with her late father, Peter, in 2010. Dawn is pictured here in 2011.
Dawn Gibbins established Flowcrete with her late father, Peter, in 2010. Dawn is pictured here in 2011.

“RPM International is currently reviewing all UK manufacturing and warehousing facilities within the group. The proposal is to reduce manufacturing from three sites down to one site, and warehousing from three to one centralised distribution facility in Leicestershire.

“These initiatives represent a significant investment in the UK to ensure that the group’s modern facilities have the equipment and capacity to meet all future demand. The overall objective is to drive efficiencies and value regionally, optimise economies of scale in transport and logistics, and provide excellent customer service.

“This is the start of the processes and involves our facilities in Sandbach, Wigan and Colchester and will be ongoing over the next few months. Our satellite distribution hub in Crayford will remain unaffected by these changes.”

 

Flowcrete was established in Sandbach in 1982 by local businesswoman Dawn Gibbins and her late father, Peter, before the business was sold to American multinational RPM about a decade ago.

It specialises in industrial flooring and has provided flooring for some of the world’s biggest and most complex industrial and commercial sites – from Jumeriah Lake Towers in Dubai to Manchester Airport and the 2010 FIF World Cup at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

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