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MULTIPANEL

Specialising in the production of aluminium panels, Multipanel’s operations were previously split between a head office in Devon and a manufacturing operation in China.

In 2014, after working with Locate in Kent to identify suitable new premises, it moved its manufacturing operation back to the UK at Eyethorne, near Dover, after being impressed by the area’s unique geographical location and excellent links to the rest of the UK and Europe.

The company has predicted that capital investment over the next two years will be around £12.5m, with around 70 jobs directly or indirectly created.

Locate in Kent also put the company in touch with a variety of local suppliers. As a result of winning a contract with Multipanel, one investigated making a significant investment in Kent.

Also on Locate in Kent’s advice, Multipanel opened talks with a local business park over a site for a proposed distribution warehouse.

Andrew Cock, Managing Director of Multipanel said: “Bringing manufacturing back to the UK gives us greater control over our products and also means that we will be able to produce ‘specials’, one-off products, much more quickly, resulting in a better service to our customers.

“The existence of Locate in Kent’s service and the promise of help now and in the future has had such a big influence I can say I would not have come to Kent without it.”

www.multipaneluk.co.uk

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