Zotefoams invests for future growth

Announces £23 million initial investment in third foam manufacturing site with a major capacity investment to meet continuing demand for its range of unique, high quality foam products

Zotefoams plc, the Croydon, UK-headquartered manufacturer of cellular materials, has announced an investment plan supported by its shareholders. 

Headlining the plan is a £23 million initial investment in a third foam manufacturing production site in central Europe, scheduled to come on stream in 2020 and increasing capacity for the Group’s range of polyolefin foams by some 20%. The new site will also incorporate significant inventory and fabrication capacity, as well as a production hub for the T-FIT® range of technical insulation products.

The initial investment includes infrastructure to double capacity when needed, along with land for further investment.

Funding for the investment plan has been secured via a £20m increase in share capital – which has been welcomed by shareholders – and an increase in debt capacity to allow flexibility for future growth.

The new plant will be the third major investment in capacity by Zotefoams in recent years: the Group’s site in Kentucky, USA is benefiting from $42 million investment in infrastructure, extrusion and two high-pressure autoclaves, the first of which has now been commissioned, while in Croydon, UK, work is progressing on a new building to house two low-pressure autoclaves and associated infrastructure, representing an investment of some £12 million.

Zotefoams returned record sales and profits in 2017, with revenue growth of 22% to £70.15m and profit growth before tax and exceptional items of 22%.

Commenting on the latest investment, Group CEO David Stirling says, “With continuing growth in demand anticipated from a variety of market sectors we believe that now is the time to invest in additional capacity to supplement that already coming on stream in our UK and USA factories.”