Gifts Today magazine

Production capacity fired up at Portmeirion

Due to an increased demand for its British-made products, tableware manufacturer Portmeirion Group to invest £1.5 million in a new kiln

Leading British tableware manufacturer, Portmeirion Group, has announced it will be investing £1.5 million in a new kiln and other equipment for the factory following a period of strong growth and an increased demand for its British-made products.

The Stoke-on-Trent based business has appointed Burslem-based kiln builder Therser (UK) Ltd to design and manufacture a bespoke Glost Roller Tunnel Kiln, which will be installed at the manufacturer’s factory later this year.

Phil Atherton, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Portmeirion Group, said: “Since 2009, demand at our factory has grown dramatically. By investing in a new kiln and other equipment we are able to increase our factory output by 50%. We are delighted to be working with Therser UK, a local company who understand the needs of businesses based within The Potteries.”

Alistair Clarke, Director of Therser (UK) Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud to have been appointed by Portmeirion Group to design its prestigious new kiln. The Group and its brands are recognised worldwide for their market-leading quality and we are looking forward to cementing our working partnership.”

The construction of the kiln will be complete by September. As well as increasing factory capacity by as much as 50 per cent, it is also expected to create up to 100 new jobs over the next three years.

Phil added: “This is an extremely exciting investment for us and highlights our confidence in the future of the business. The tableware and giftware market is currently booming and we are seeing growth across all markets with a particularly strong demand coming from the Far East. The installation of a new kiln and other equipment will enable us to meet these demands and continue to expand and grow as a business.”

News of this investment follows the announcement that the Group are expecting to report record revenues for 2014 of over £61 million, approximately 5 per cent above last year. This will mark the sixth consecutive year Portmeirion Group has achieved record sales.

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