Applelec invest in new paint facility
Applelec has invested in a new, dual-purpose powder coating and wet spray plant as part of the continuing development of the company’s 6.3 acre Wharfedale Business Park in Bradford.
The new facility has been kitted out with a five metre wide Modulair Waterwash Spraybooth, large and small drying ovens and an auto-wash machine that is used to prepare materials prior to painting. The generous internal measurements of the large oven can accommodate the largest single sign tray panels possible from a standard 4m aluminium sheet. Sign panels consisting of multiple sections, built-up letters, flat cut letters and snap frames can all be painted in the new facility. The second oven is ideal for quick, low volume projects such as small sets of letters or prototypes and is more economical to run for such jobs.
Ian Drinkwater, Applelec managing director, said: ‘As we continue to strive to be the best in our field, this investment marks Applelec’s commitment to our customers and the development of a better, quicker and more cost effective service. We are now welcoming visits to the new paint shop alongside tours of our wider factory premises at the Wharfedale site.’
The new paint shop means Applelec now manages all sign manufacture and related processes in-house from fabrication to paint, LED population to wiring and any required programming, accommodating last minute scheduling changes. The facility will be available for use by the company’s customers for paint projects including overflow work.
The paint shop investment will be followed by the move of all office staff to new buildings at the site which features room for the company to grow in future years.