Bath manufacturer Carron Bathrooms has invested £1.5million in robotics technology, to improve and automate its manufacturing processes, after securing a seven-figure loan from Bank of Scotland.
Operating from a 16,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Carron, Falkirk, the manufacturer has used the funding to install six new robotic lines and means spraying, trimming and packing of its products will now be completed automatically.
Carron Bathrooms manufactures a range of high-end baths and shower trays both to trade buyers and direct to consumers across the UK and Europe.
With a trading history dating back to 1759, Carron Bathrooms was originally founded as an iron foundry, before evolving its operations into the manufacture of baths in 1982.
The business now has an annual turnover of over £15million and employs more than 126 people in Scotland.
Director of Carron Bathrooms James McMorrine said: “We’ve seen a steady increase in demand for our products as more people look to invest in major home and bath re-modelling projects.
“By automating our production, we’ve refined and upgraded our manufacturing to incorporate more modern techniques.
“This will not only improve our efficiencies, but it will also further refine the quality of our products, whilst helping to streamline the business for the future.
“Bank of Scotland has been by our side for nearly 40 years, and we’ve found their unwavering support and guidance invaluable throughout every stage of our growth journey.
“The team has helped us to achieve our ambitions and we will continue to work closely with them going forward.”
Marc Gilmour, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland, said: “Carron Bathrooms is the leading manufacturer of premium baths in Europe, with an outstanding reputation for supplying high-quality and enduring products.
“The business’ ambition to drive optimisation and raise its production standards even further is exemplary and this investment in robotic technology is testament to this commitment.”
“We’re so pleased to be supporting ambitious independent businesses like Carron Bathrooms as they turbo-charge their growth ambitions, as part of our commitment to help Britain prosper.”