By Daniel Hunter

Peterborough-based Redring Xpelair Group (RXG) and its parent company Glen Dimplex have reinforced their commitment to British manufacturing by announcing a major investment programme at RXG’s state-of-the-art production facilities.

The £10m investment programme is specifically designed to cement RXG’s position as a market leading manufacturer of ventilation, showering and hot water solutions for domestic and commercial UK applications. In addition, it will also help the company boost export sales worldwide, which account for almost half of the company’s manufacturing output.

To celebrate the announcement, the company held a launch event at its Peterborough Head Office, where RXG’s senior management team shared their vision for the business and its brands, as well as showcasing its facilities and new product development plan for the UK and worldwide. Lord Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, attended to officially open the facilities and was joined by the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor David Over, along with customers and guests from across the globe.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Livingston said: “There is a huge appetite for British products and services overseas and companies in Cambridgeshire such as Redring Xpelair are great examples of what ‘Made in Britain’ is all about.

“We know that companies that export grow faster and are more competitive than those that don’t. Our UKTI and UKEF Trade Advisers have years of business experience and can give businesses of any size advice and support along their exporting journey.”

Nitin Patel, RXG’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “It’s an extremely exciting time for our business, with this investment programme highlighting our commitment to both local and UK manufacturing to meet the needs of its global markets and the importance we place on this for the wider British economy.”

The latest phase of the investment will see RXG become the first company in its sector to introduce injection moulding into its UK manufacturing operations. By doing so, it will allow the business to be much more innovative with its product development programme and enable it to bring a host of new solutions into its range significantly quicker than it has ever been able to do before.

Nitin continued: “Ultimately, this is about making RXG and our products more competitive and cost effective, not just for UK customers, but across the globe. By introducing injection moulding, not only can we significantly reduce lead times, but it also give us much more flexibility and diversity in our design approach.

“We employ 350 people at our Peterborough site, making us a major employer in the area, and this investment will not only safeguard their jobs, but it will also enable us to upskill our existing workforce and give us the opportunity to create more jobs in the future as the business continues to grow.”

Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “It is good to see a business investing in Peterborough’s future and I welcome that. Peterborough is a city that is going places, but it needs companies like Redring Xpelair to make these kinds of commitments towards growth. We want to help secure jobs and help create new ones so our city can continue to be a prosperous place to live and work.”

Along with the introduction of injection moulding, the £10m has been invested in new head office and production facilities, IT systems, inventory, new product development and resources in design and engineering. This has enabled the company to introduce a host of market leading ventilation, showering and hot water solutions to the market..

RXG relocated its head office and entire manufacturing plant to a purpose built facility in Peterborough, which has allowed the business to consolidate all production facilities under one roof. These new premises house RXG’s full Research and Development (R&D) team. To complement this, new ventures have also been launched in India and the Middle East to further boost export sales, key markets for the company’s growth.

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