As a result of changes in demand linked to COVID-19, Sigmatex will accelerate its plans to consolidate its operational footprint in the US creating a Centre of Excellence at its purpose-built plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
The large, modern, Orangeburg plant was purpose built in 2016 as part of the Group’s growth strategy. It offers significant expansion potential and already houses a state-of-the-art weaving cell and multiaxial cell. As part of the consolidation process, Sigmatex will be increasing its weaving capacity and additional investment made in innovative technologies to support strong and sustainable growth into new industrial sectors.
The culmination of this plan will see the relocation taking place gradually, prioritising customer requirements and transitioning manufacturing in a controlled and coordinated way. To support the consolidation, Sigmatex will introduce regional distribution hubs to ensure short lead-times are available.
Commenting on the restructuring process, Paul McMullan, Group CEO said, “The creation of one large, agile and efficient operational base that embraces true manufacturing excellence practices will strengthen our value proposition and enable us to better meet the needs of our current and future customers.”
Paul added, “Such decisions are always incredibly difficult to make, but we must adapt and evolve to the changing market situation. Our mission to be the market leader in the supply of carbon fibre textiles remains steadfast and with our commitment to innovation, quality and service level, we will continue to be positioned at the forefront of our industry.”