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7th December 2017, Rutland

Linecross continues to invest

Rutland-based Linecross Composites has embarked on another phase of expansion, with a £3.1m investment in its South Luffenham site. © Linecross GroupLinecross Group, based in Rutland, in the UK’s Midlands, has invested £3.1 million in new plant and equipment and is currently working on the development of a number of new products for several global brands.

The manufacturer of vacuum-formed thermoplastic, polyurethane and injection moulded components, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, has installed three of the latest vacuum forming machines, one of which will be dedicated to twin sheet forming. A waterjet trimming centre has also been relocated from the Linecross Cannock site to form part of a manufacturing cell for a large new automotive programme.

Linecross has evolved over the past 50 years and now provides clients in the automotive, leisure and speciality industries with a full design and manufacturing service – from initial design to ‘just in time’ supply direct to trackside.  It can now count many household names amongst its diverse client base – from luxury car makers Aston Martin and Bentley and, to JCB, London Taxis and caravan manufacturers Swift Group and Coachman.

Linecross is currently developing new lightweight materials that use compression moulding technology, which will enable it to produce automotive wheel arch liners and fabric covered interior trim components.

 “Linecross has been at the forefront of advancements in the industry for 50 years and has established long-term partnerships with many iconic British manufacturers, including Lotus, Bentley and JCB,” said chairman David Austin. “Our latest investment in infrastructure and technology at our Rutland headquarters demonstrates our commitment to remaining at the forefront of new plastic and composite materials and technology.”

In 2012, Linecross bought its Cannock-based competitor BI Composites out of administration to form Linecross Composites, which enabled the company to broaden its product offering and diversify into a number of new markets.

The company now employs more than 300 staff across its two facilities in Cannock and Rutland. Group turnover topped the £27 million in the last financial year and is expected to exceed £30 million next year.

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