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Expansion for merseyside rubber processor.

A Merseyside rubber processor is investing [pounds sterling]350,000 in a factory move and new equipment, with a second phase of nearly that amount to come next year. Ley Rubber specialises in quick turnaround extrusions and mouldings. It has outgrown its current factory - a former warehouse in Liverpool's docks area - and will start work in its new factory in Kirkby, Merseyside, from the first week in January.

Alongside the move Ley Rubber has bought new equipment, including four compression presses, an open mill and an extruder as well as a new boiler and autoclave. The company will also refurbish its existing extruders. Ley Rubber expects to invest a further [pounds sterling]300,000 in a new development, scheduled for 2011, which it says will be a major factor in boosting export sales.

The company currently employs 36. It makes general industrial extrusions exclusively on Iddon extruders and mostly from EPDM. Rubber bungs for the scientific and educational market form much of the company's mouldings business, produced mainly from NR. As well as extruding EPDM the company uses limited quantities of PVC and TPE, and according to development director David Jones, the market is changing and he expects this side of the business to grow.

David Jones was founder of the former company, DJ Profiles. and joined Ley Rubber when managing director Mark Wealleans acquired it from its former owners in 2001. Ley Rubber has been manufacturing rubber products in Liverpool since it was founded in 1956.
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Publication:British Plastics & Rubber
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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