No cutting corners

SHAW CROSSbased Rixonway Kitchens has spent £450,000 on new equipment to improve efficiency and worker safety.
The firm is the first in the UK to install a cutting machine made by Italian company Essetre that can make kitchen worktops in a single process.
It will halve the manufacturing time, cut energy and transport costs and means staff are safer through working on only one machine.
The old process involved working across two machines. Essetre technicians spent five days at Rixonway training employees in the new procedures.
Rixonway make about 12,000 kitchen units a week for the affordable and social housing markets from their 175,000sq ft factory.
The company was formed in 1978 and employs more than 450 people at its Shaw Cross headquarters.
Operations director Nick Greenall said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of the production process.”
“The new system has improved productivity, energy consumption and lowered the handling requirements for staff, creating a safer workplace.”

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