From national roll-outs to individual projects, our factories service a range of demanding projects.
After 18 busy years at our current site in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Applelec recently completed the first phase of our move to a brand new home at Wharfedale Business Park. Purchased in 2014, the new 6.3 acre site will eventually accommodate the full Applelec team with dedicated factories for the manufacture of our signage, display and lighting product ranges.
The business park features an off-road entrance with goods-in area which streamlines transportation to and from the complex and ensures Applelec can now accommodate HGVs with trailers. With signage production relocated in phase one of our move, our new two storey factory has been designed with the height required for the production of large-scale architectural signs such as monolith and totems.
At the new factory, our machinery includes a laser welder (known as Samson) and an automated return shaper (the delightful Delilah) which are used in the production of our sign lettering. Delilah takes seconds to shape the returns used in our built-up metal letters whilst Samson is used to laser weld the returns to letter faces. With four CNC routers in operation across our factories, our most recent purchase is a high performance AXYS 6010 Router. Other essential kit includes a Dener guillotine, aluminium chop saw and press brake.
Phase two of our move will see Applelec’s lighting production and R&D departments relocate to Wharfedale in the final quarter of 2015. In the meantime, research and development takes place in our electrical workshop at our existing site in Bradford. The workshop provides space for prototyping, new product testing and programming for projects that require controllers. Manufacture of our award-winning flat light panel, LED Light Sheet, also continues to take place in antistatic rooms at our existing site before being shipped to customers around the world.
The final phase of our move, scheduled for 2016, will see all office staff move to new purpose built offices at the business park. Then, we’ll probably have a big party!