Firm opens third factory in town

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ONE of the area’s leading engineering firm’s has opened a third office in Brighouse.

Koso Kent Introl (KKI) has opened a new 18,000 square foot factory a few hundred yards from its original factory on Armytage Road.

The new factory is the company’s third facility in Brighouse, where it has been based for over 40 years. And will house the aftermarket team responsible for service and spares, and create additional space for scheduled shut-down or maintenance programmes that demand high volume turnaround in short timescales.

Managing director Dennis Westcott said they were fully committed to providing worldclass engineering and manufacturing practices for their oil and gas customer around the world.

“We recognise that to remain competitive and maintain our position as a global player, we need to continue to invest in our Yorkshire roots; that’s in our people, processes, facilities and new machinery.”

Further work has already started at KKI’s machine shop that is being reconfigured to accommodate the arrival of several new pieces of hi-tech machinery over the coming months, allowing the company to produce higher volumes in shorter timescales, while reducing waste.

Operations director Lynn Mowbray said it was going to make a huge difference to the company.

“As part of our continuous improvement programme across the business, it’s essential that we have the ability to keep production inhouse wherever possible to maintain a degree of flexibility and production scheduling. The new factory enables us to focus on the spares/services sector while the investment in the existing machine shop will increase our capacity,” she said.