Hitherbest is excited to announce that work to replace and upgrade its conveyorized powder coating plant will begin on the 5th June. This investment is expected to increase the company’s powder coating capacity and deliver both energy savings and productivity gains.
The work to remove and replace the paint line system is scheduled to take 4 weeks, with a further week set aside for training and production support. A significantly reduced powder coating service will be available to customers during the build phase of the project, with the company falling back on its manual powder coating facility and box oven during this period. Hitherbest anticipates that its powder-coating service will return to full capacity by Monday 10th July.
Managing Director, Nicky Evans, apologised for any inconvenience that the disruption to powder coat services would cause Hitherbest’s customers, explaining that the decision had not been taken lightly. “Hitherbest has a fantastic reputation as a ‘one-stop shop’ for metal fabrication and coating, so we are sincerely sorry that we will be unable to offer our customers a full powder coating service during the month of June. With careful scheduled maintenance and servicing, our current paint line has yielded great results for over 20 years but if left in place would raise the risk of unscheduled breakdowns to an unacceptably high level. There is no good time to withdraw one of our core services, but by making the decision to replace our paint line now we will be able to offer our customers a far better powder coating service in future. The management team is working hard to mitigate the impact of the disruption and, with the help of our trusted suppliers, will have this service back up and running again as soon as possible”. Nicky was also keen to point out that all of the company’s other services – punching, laser cutting, folding, welding and assembly – would be unaffected by the work taking place.