Filter manufacturer Amazon Filters is hailing the success of a £0.75 million investment designed to boost 24/7 cartridge production at its European manufacturing centre in Camberley.
As well as increasing the factory floor area for cartridge production to 844 sq m, the investment has included a £500,000 spend on automated filter cartridge pleating and assembly equipment.
The investment programme has enhanced the 35-year-old company’s ability to deliver large volumes of cartridges in response to orders from sectors including municipal water, oil and gas, chemicals and coatings, and healthcare.
Amazon Filters managing director Neil Pizzey said: “Our aim is to be a trusted, flexible supplier that is both quick and able.
“Thanks to this investment we can make and deliver a typical annual volume of over three million meltblown cartridges and one million pleated cartridges, demonstrating a significant increase in capacity, flexibility and speed of response to bespoke orders.
“We aim to meet the needs of customers in all industry sectors who deal with process engineering and industrial fluids and have a need for quality hardware including bespoke, customised kit as required.”
For example, an emergency supply of high-flow cartridges was made and despatched in less than a week for the operators of a giant oil production platform off the West African coast.
And in the UK, more than 1,000 cartridges were completed and sent overnight to satisfy an urgent order from a municipal water firm.
Among other recent investments, Amazon Filters has strengthened its despatch operations with the addition of a mezzanine platform for storage and stock control.
New ERP software and a factory-wide wireless network have also been introduced to give managers full traceability of any piece of production kit direct from their mobile devices.
Pizzey added: “We are already a highly successful, forward-thinking and leading-edge business with focused product applications in multiple sectors.
“Our investment programme is all about creating and maintaining the production infrastructure and capacity to ensure we are well set for the future.
“We now have a capability that is very large-scale in our sector which delivers on our goal to be both quick and able.”