Law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has advised on a major expansion at a Walsall window and door hardware manufacturer.
Andrew Wynne, a partner in the Wolverhampton commercial property department at the firm, advised Trojan Manufacturing Group on the new lease of a 40,000 sq ft industrial unit in Fryers Road, Bloxwich, which will increase the company’s manufacturing and warehousing capacity by more than 100 per cent.
Established in 1992, Trojan Manufacturing Group makes architectural hardware, zinc diecasting, plastic mouldings and numerous assemblies for automotive, computer and industrial customers. The group also has its own manufacturing base in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
The firm sells its products predominantly through specialist distributors across the UK, Ireland and into export markets. It currently employs 60 people in the UK and more than 250 in its plant in China.
The relocation into Fryers Road is part of a two year change in strategy the company started during the economic downturn in an attempt to become more efficient.
Trojan group managing director Tony Chadwick said: "As with all manufacturing industry we were hit hard, but we saw the economic crisis as an opportunity to refocus the business and improve our business efficiency.
"We have always designed Trojan products with in-built special features to save customers time and cost, coupled with numerous technical advantages. We have focused on improving efficiencies in their production and also ensure we use distributors who understand and know how to sell Trojan products."
The company has seen an upswing in demand in the last 12 months, has increased its turnover by some 50 per cent, and is hoping to achieve a further 30 per cent improvement by the end of the financial year.
"Our expansion has been the result of hard work. Its scale has shocked some of our customers and competitors. The new premises are already helping us to further improve manufacturing efficiencies, enhance customer response times and communication. There are also now improved R&D and testing facilities," said Mr Chadwick.
"Andrew and the team at FBC Manby Bowdler have been superb. They have been invaluable not just in securing these new premises, but in helping us through recent tough times with advice on company structures and employment matters."
Mr Wynne added: "Trojan Manufacturing Group is another wonderful example of an innovative Black Country manufacturer which has not just come successfully through the economic bad times, but managed to substantially grow its business too."