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Lionweld Kennedy Invests £1.5 Million in Advanced Machinery and Site Expansion

by Anna

Teesside-based Lionweld Kennedy, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of access products, has announced a substantial £1.5 million investment in its site and machinery. This significant move includes the construction of a new multipurpose building and the installation of the UK’s first shearing machines for steel grating.

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The investment aims to reinforce Lionweld Kennedy’s status as a major employer in the region. With the introduction of the shear grating machine, the company expects to boost production capacity of its Safegrid gratings by over 40%. This advancement not only increases efficiency but also eliminates waste production associated with cutting the product, thereby enhancing the health and safety conditions for employees.

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Dave Robinson, Managing Director at Lionweld Kennedy, highlighted the strategic importance of this investment. “This investment further cements our 110-year history in Teesside, bringing about significantly enhanced production capabilities alongside cutting-edge technology. Lionweld has made a firm commitment to significant investment in its site and plant over the coming years, and this is a key part of that development,” Robinson stated.

In addition to improving operational efficiency, the investment underscores the company’s dedication to sustainability. The new building will be carbon neutral, aligning with Lionweld Kennedy’s achievement of its long-term net zero target for 2040, reached in just three years. This year, the company was honored with the title of Energy and Sustainability Company of the Year at a national award ceremony, recognizing its leadership in reducing emissions in the construction industry.

Founded in 1910, Lionweld Kennedy specializes in designing, manufacturing, and installing steel and Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) flooring, handrails, stair treads, and access solutions. Serving a variety of industries including data centers, energy, construction, rail, utilities, and mining, the company remains headquartered in Middlesbrough, where it originated. Lionweld Kennedy is a part of Hill and Smith PLC.

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