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Cannon Tri-laminates interrupted expansion relaunched

By Katie Coyne
Posted 14 September 2011
Rubber coated fabrics manufacturer Cannon Tri-laminates is to relocate to larger premises so it can continue to increase its manufacturing capacity by more than 30%.

The Lancashire-based firm was in the middle of expansion plans at its existing facility when it heard that Sainsbury’s had bought the industrial estate it was on and planned to redevelop it as a new food store.

Cannon Tri-laminates owner Duncan Cannon said: “We only had two years left on our lease here and Sainsbury’s were buying the land so we came to a deal with the landlord to relocate. The new premise offers more space and more modern facilities.”

The relocation will take place over four months beginning in November so as not to disrupt production. As the new premises is only three and a half miles away from the old one, all the staff will be able to remain with the company. Cannon adds that the expansion will mean that it will be looking to take on more employees in the future.

Cannon added that there will be future “significant” investments in equipment to “further dramatically increase” production capacity. Cannon Tri-laminates has just invested in a gas-heated, fully mechanised “Drum-Driven Polymerizer”, manufactured by Italian firm Salvade, which will increase the businesses’ vulcanising capacity by 50% for its rubber proofed textiles.

As part of the earlier expansion plans, Cannon had installed half of a wet mixing plant at the old site, at the Millingford Industrial Estate in Golborne, which is now operational. A spreading machine and doubling line was installed but not commissioned – this will now be one of the first pieces of equipment to move to the new 20,000 sq ft site at the Haslemere Industrial Estate.

Cannon Tri-laminates produce coated products resistant to chemical warfare agents, corrosive chemicals, the effects of high and low temperatures, atmospheric gases, fire, petrol, oil, domestic and other industrial materials.

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