One of the UK’s leading fabricators of bespoke laminated products, Duncan Reeds Limited, have selected Homag once again as their preferred supplier of a new range of wood processing machinery.
The family business was established in 1989 and has since grown into a dynamic operation. It has two production facilities located in West Sussex and Manchester with production and storage space of just over 70,000 sq feet. As part of expansion plans, the company is about to open a third production facility in Kidderminster.
Duncan Reeds produces a vast array of custom-made products for a diverse variety of businesses in the UK and overseas. Among other products, it is currently manufacturing tabletops, toilet and washroom cubicles, wall liners and protective hygiene screens for safeguarding people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before investing in the new range of machinery, Homag invited Duncan Reeds’ company directors to visit its headquarters in Germany to see the machines in operation. On their visit, the Homag sales team helped the directors to select the most appropriate machinery for their specific requirements and budget.
Commenting on the Homag investment, director Dean Harkess-Cowlyn said “Investing in our plant is a vital part of our success. Our commitment to Homag ensures that we have the most up-to-date, leading-edge machinery to service the diverse requirements and demands of our customers. This helps us to maintain our position as one of Europe’s leading decorative panel suppliers with the capacity to deliver superior quality products and services.
“Quality and service are essential to our success; consequently, these two attributes are the most important factors we look for in our machinery suppliers.”
Ongoing investment in Homag Machinery
Remarking on the company’s continual investment in Homag equipment, Dean went on to say, “We first invested in Homag machinery in 2002, when we bought a top-end Brandt edge bander. Since then we have added over 20 more Homag machines including saws, CNC processing centres, throughfeed post formers and PU edge banders.
“Our continuous investment in the most advanced and state of the art manufacturing machinery demonstrates our level of commitment to both our customers and employees. It allows us to offer the highest quality product at the most competitive rates.
“For us the reliability of the Homag machinery is due to its world-class German engineering. Along with their productivity features, we have found the impressive array of safety features on their machinery has continually improved. We now get fewer breakdowns and the risk of accidents is minimal. What’s more, we have extended capacity to produce a very wide range of products more efficiently.
“Our most recent Homag equipment investments were for our Head Office in Billingshurst, West Sussex. This comprised of two Homag CNC Processing Centres - a 4-axis CENTATEQ P-110 and a CENTATEQ E-310. The latter machine was purchased to replace an old Homag BAZ 322 which was commissioned back in 2008.
“With its airTec, zero joint technology edge banding unit, the CENTATEQ E-310 enables us to manufacture ABS edged shaped panels seamlessly, with ease and efficiency. This helps to keep us at the forefront of modern panel processing supply.
“Homag machinery gives us the ability to efficiently manufacture a diverse range of products using an extensive array of materials. This investment has facilitated year on year growth for the business, even in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Finally, we are delighted to say that our third factory will be opening in Kidderminster in the third quarter of this year. This facility will be equipped with five new Homag machines which total nearly half a million pounds of investment”, concludes Dean Harkess-Cowlyn.
For more information on Homag’s machinery or software, contact Adele Hunt at Homag UK on 01332 856424.