Machinery manufacturer MattressTek has been celebrating its global success with a round of awards. The Lancashire brand, with its site in Water, Rossendale, has enjoyed export growth throughout the installation of full mattress production lines across the US, whilst also fulfilling orders for foam component processers here in the UK.
They were finalists in the Made in Rossendale and Large Business categories at the Rossendale Business Awards held at The Ashcroft in Whitworth and ended up coming away with the former, along with the organisers’ top price for being ‘an excellent business ambassador for the valley’.
They were up against Scentish and Foremost Furniture in the Made in Rossendale category and won but narrowly missed out on the Large Business award to Slingco, ahead of Framex and Orthoplastics.
The following evening, they won Company of the Year (up to £20m) at Insider North West’s International Trade Awards at The Lowry Hotel. They were up against filters manufacturer MPE, Sovereign Beverage Company, 100 Per Cent Group and International Pheromone Systems.
Technical Director Shaun Peel said: “Over the last five years, we have cemented ourselves as one of the leaders in the making of machines for the mattress industry, and our range has proven popular with clients and big brands in the UK, US, Mexico, Europe and Australia, with the British made machines being designed and built from our site in Lancashire. We’re proud to be supporting the inevitable transition into automation and industry 4.0, across the manufacturing and processing of foam components and springs, and are excited to see where our growth expands to next.”
The past year has seen them invest in several areas across the business including growing of its workforce, which has tripled, and system enhancements, along with a shift into foam processing and fabric slitting machines, whilst continuing its provision for the whole mattress making process.
“There are a whole host of machines needed to help manufacturers to make their products to a high quality – positioning, stuffing, stitching, sewing, spring unbaling, slitting, gluing, turning, flipping, inspecting, re-rolling and packing. Our machines meet those needs, with programmable technology and sensors, and allow seamless production, ensure efficiency, reduce downtime and increase the volume and output of products made.”
With over 40 years of experience, it has been a busy few months for the company, who attribute 70% of their production is export pursuits.
Continuing success with big names in the mattress and bed manufacturing field, they have installed the seventh full automation conveyor line for a customer in America, which culminated a total of 60 machines, including 33 conveyors, as well as bespoke individual machines and partial lines to fit into existing production at factories all across the UK.
As a finalist in the International Trade category of The Manufacturer TMMX Awards as well, the company says: “Having maintained our position as a provider of quality, robust and reliable production lines for the bed industry and beyond, Innovation and problem solving remain at the core of our mission.”