Gripple Limited, Sheffield’s celebrated manufacturer, is set to emerge from the pandemic with even more confidence.
Growing demand for Gripple Fast Trak, one of its ground-breaking products, means the repurpose of a brand-new building – previously intended to be home to Gripple Automation – and acquiring a new home for GA which had outgrown its existing premises.
Gripple had invested £2m in a brand-new 18,000 sq ft building on Foley Street which is now dedicated to Fast Trak manufacture. Christened The Norfolk Bridge Works, this building will provide the additional production space required for Fast Trak, the rapid trapeze bracket solution designed for the suspension of building services.
The ‘next generation’ Gripple building, will provide 15,000 sq.ft production and 2,000 sq.ft office space, plus room to support Fast Trak’s increasing popularity and a showcase for the latest Gripple products in addition to a ‘green’ wall and solar panels.
The bespoke automated production and processing solutions provided by Gripple Automation, both in-house and external, continue to increase beyond expectations. This necessitated a move into another building – a new 16,000 sq.ft facility, with a 9,032 sq ft build space, close to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Orgreave.
The new building incorporates an increased machine build area, a larger in-house machining department, giving the team – increasing from 20 to 30 in the last year – more scope to continue growing GA business with orders from both Gripple and external and keep up with demand.
A three-year plan for the business aims to see Gripple Automation driving sales of external work in the construction, automotive, pharmacy, food, healthcare and FMCG sectors.