Commercial dishwasher, glassware and ice machine manufacturer, Classeq has relocated to a new, purpose built factory on Beacon Business Park, Stafford. The new 2,700 sq. m. factory will enable Classeq to increase UK production by 60% from 10,000 units to meet worldwide demand.

Managing director David Smithson said: “This is an incredibly exciting move in Classeq’s growth, and underpins our 100 per cent commitment to our manufacturing future in the UK.

“We are delighted to be opening the doors to our new manufacturing facility and supporting the local jobs market here in Stafford.

“In a category where the majority of white goods are manufactured overseas, we are proud to be investing in Britain and demonstrating that we can produce high quality machines that offer great value for money – and remain highly competitive in today’s market.”

Steven Hulbert, supply and logistics manager at Classeq, said: “Our site at Hixon was in an ideal location but it was very dated. This new facility is purpose-built for our exact needs, it has been a very significant investment.

“At the moment, Classeq exports to around eight countries, but we see international sales as a major growth area for us. We want to increase our annual production to 16,000 units and to do that we needed somewhere which would allow us to expand.

“So as well as the new factory, we have planning permission for a new building on a parcel of land at the back of the factory which we can construct when the time comes.”

Steven added: “We have transferred our 30 staff from the old site in Hixon, to the new factory and as we grow there will be an opportunity to create even more new jobs.”

The new facility was officially opened by Jurgen and Ralph Winterhalter – directors of Classeq’s parent company, Winterhalter.

Jurgen said: “Classeq is well set for the future and this new factory shows our commitment to the business in the UK.”