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Factory unveils new hi-tech equipment and jobs


An Ilkeston company that makes aluminium products for the building industry has unveiled its latest state-of-the-art investment.


Dales Fabrications has installed a polyester powder coating plant which applies hard-wearing finishes to aluminium products it manufactures at its factory in Crompton Road.


Industry specialists and Erewash MP Maggie Throup were among guests who attending the unveiling on Friday.


Karl Prosser, Managing Director of Dales, said the new equipment, costing £170,000, is a massive upgrade on the limited capacity that the company had previously and will will help speed up the process.


The cost includes a grant of £42,500 from a Government fund managed by the University of Derby that provides loans and grants to businesses across the East Midlands which are looking to grow.


This is because the company is creating two jobs with another two expected to follow in the next couple of years.


Under the scheme the university will offer other services such as apprenticeships, knowledge exchange, research and product testing as part of a continuing relationship.


Dales has received endorsement from Syntha Pulvin, a multinational company that provides the powder products. Dales is one of only 26 companies in Britain to have this approval.


It will be using a chemical  pre-treatment which is more environmentally-friendly, ahead of new legislation that will be introduced in three years that bans chromium products.


The company makes bespoke aluminium products, including fascias, soffits and rainwater systems that enhance the appearance of  a variety of buildings. It has an order book at an all-time high going into 2019 with work approaching £1.5m in value.


Maggie, who has a scientific background, said: “The chemistry behind this is really exciting and at the same time it's allowing Dales to have complete control of the quality of their excellent and innovative products.


“I'm delighted that this will result in more people being employed locally. It's always good news to see local businesses expanding.”