National Timber Group acquires Cotswold Manufacturing

Sheffield, 6 November 2019, National Timber Group, the largest independent added-value timber distribution and processing group in the UK and parent of Arnold Laver, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the trade and assets of Cotswold Manufacturing Limited, to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position as the industry leader in the UK timber interior door-set market.

Established in 2005, Cotswold Manufacturing is a specialist manufacturer of timber fire and acoustic doors, doorsets, door kits and screens for the commercial, residential, education and leisure markets. Operating nationally from an 80,000 square foot facility in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees, the business has a strong reputation for manufacturing products that meet the most rigorous quality and certification standards. Its commitment to regulatory compliance and high manufacturing standards has resulted in independent third party certification and accreditations from BM Trada Q-Mark, ISO 9001 and Secured by Design.

Having invested heavily in leading edge CNC technology, lamination and priming lines, Cotswold Manufacturing has the ability to produce a full range of fully finished doors and doorsets from a single site. With shared production and customer service values, this acquisition offers National Timber Group the strategic opportunity to increase its manufacturing capacity to the benefit of existing and new customers of its joinery products. It will be equipped to respond to growing demand, driven by the increased focus on regulatory compliance and the comprehensive fire door retrofitting programme.

Ken Napper, the current and founding owner of Cotswold Manufacturing will continue to lead the business reporting to Rob Barclay, chief executive of National Timber Group. The business will continue to operate from the Thornaby site which will become a centre of excellence for UK doorset production.

Rob Barclay, chief executive of National Timber Group said, “I am delighted to welcome Cotswold Manufacturing into the Group. We have many values in common and share an ambition to be the leading manufacturer of high quality timber doorsets in the UK. Cotswold Manufacturing is an innovative, well-invested company so this transaction is highly complementary and allows us to expand our business to the benefit of our customers, as well as creating more employment opportunities in Teesside.”

Napper commented, “The coming together of Cotswold Manufacturing and National Timber Group is the logical progression for the strong business that I have developed over many years. The alignment of our goals, values and vision, offers significant benefits for both companies. I am delighted that we have been able to secure jobs and career development opportunities for 45 people at Thornaby and look forward to growing this business with the support of the National Timber Group.”

For further information, please contact Katherine Ritchie on 020 8347 6183 or 07941 040021

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