MiTek UK & Ireland has recently moved the automation team and warehouse to a new dedicated facility in the UK, providing greater capacity as it expands to meet growing customer demand for its Posi-Joist systems, software, and automation services.
MiTek’s automation team will relocate from the UK headquarters to operate out of the new premises, based in Birmingham at the new Cookley Wharf development.
It’s been a record four years for the automation business as sales leapt from £1.7m in 2019 to £3.5m in 2022, while demand for Posi-Joist continues to grow at pace.
Speaking of the expansion Richard George, MiTek UK & Ireland MD said:
“There are a number of things happening in the market. Demand for Posi-Joist continues to grow. We’re seeing sustained year-on-year growth in product volume, off the back of our mission to help the industry build better and faster with renewable resources, while applying repeatable, scalable, and intelligent processes that unlock value and profit from every project.”
“Alongside this there’s greater investment in automation equipment as customers invest in the future. There’s a general confidence around investment in capital equipment, particularly the Mk 1 Easyjig, saws, and presses, all with the intention of improving manufacturing efficiency and set-up time.”
At a time when labour shortages have hit record highs across the industry, automation presents an effective and sustainable solution. Richard adds:
“The Mk1 Easyjig press and laser system has taken truss manufacturing to another level, saving customers a significant amount of time, particularly on complex trusses, where our automation can save a manufacturer 5hrs in production time, while also reducing set-up time and production errors.
“Our focus is always on giving our customers the very best products and service experience. The new facility at Cookley Wharf will also enable our 100 strong manufacturing team to expand production capacity of our much sought after Posi-webs and nail plates at our HQ in Dudley.”
As part of its expansion, the automation team looks forward to welcoming a number of new recruits into the fold, including engineers and apprentices, who will join the team at Cookley Wharf to provide servicing, repairs, spare parts, remote support, machinery installations and training to its customers.