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ISD expands bespoke cold room manufacturing

ISD Solutions has been manufacturing insulated panels and doors for cold room storage solutions for 70 years.

ISD Solutions is boosting its manufacturing capability by investing £300,000 to reduce outsourcing and improve total company efficiency.

Investment in machinery and extra personnel means that ISD will no longer need to import modular cold rooms from Europe and will instead champion UK expertise and design and build them in Gloucester. Improvements in manufacturing quality will also lead to greater thermal accuracy and more competitive pricing, the company says.

As part of its support to local businesses, the Gloucester Growth Hub has approved up to £35,000 assistance for this project which will go towards funding a new CNC punching machine, two new CNC folders for the Metal Shop and a Roll Former being delivered and installed in June.  As part of the investment, ISD will create six new jobs in manufacturing, with at least one apprentice, in the next three years as the manufacturing side of the business expands to design and build more parts internally.

Under the new leadership of Paul Sauntson, the manufacturing division will adopt one-piece flow methodology instead of batch production, making the division more responsive to customers and other ISD division requirements. ISD will make more bespoke PUR (Polyurethane) panelling to meet precise customer needs, minimising waste and speeding up the delivery process. Mr Sauntson expects better productivity, improved quality and accuracy from the changes he is making.

Andy Moon, ceo of the P&M Group, whose major trading division is ISD Solutions said: “With new capabilities in the design department under Paul Chivers and innovative thinking by Paul Saunston in the manufacturing division we are confident that we can integrate design and manufacturing, make changes to fabrication to result in manufacturing more doors and all trims and flashings in-house. Our new combined expertise will allow us to adapt to last minute changes in cold store panelling, fabricate material in more intricate shapes and reduce waste to deliver improved customer service. We expect to have a return on this investment within two years.” 

ISD Solutions has been manufacturing insulated panels and doors for cold room storage solutions for 70 years.

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