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Upholstery manufacturer invests in technology

Godfrey SyrettFurniture producer Godfrey Syrett has invested in technology as it looks to double turnover in five years.

The company has purchased software and fabric equipment from Lectra.
‘Previously, our products were designed, developed and manufactured by hand. Whilst we are very proud of this heritage, this approach did have the potential for costly production errors,’ says Michael Donachie, Godfrey Syrett operations manager. ‘The results are fantastic, fabric savings are huge versus manual cutting, at around 33%.’
The company invested in pattern and marker making software, a fabric spreader and a fabric cutter: which can now cut as much fabric in two-and-a-half minutes that would have taken 40 minutes by had. It will also deliver consistent quality of cut parts that is impossible to achieve with hand cutting.
Vector will be put to work on products such as Zip, the company’s modular seating offer which zips and unzips for easy reconfiguration; and Mr Jones, its award-winning soft seating range. ‘We expect to substantially increase our production capacity as well as our agility,’ says Donachie.
‘In a market driven by the need for flexibility, style, innovation as well as function, we knew that we had to transform as a business to achieve our growth ambitions and secure new business. Technology is playing a major part in this transformation,’ says Neil Tweddle, Godfrey Syrett md.
Founded in 1947, Godfrey Syrett designs and manufactures furniture for the office, education, healthcare and defence markets from its two factories in the north-east of England.