Mixer manufacturer Carter International discusses expansion plans
Since being relaunched in its present trading format eight years ago, Rochdale-based Carter international says it has evolved into a “leading manufacturers of mixing room machinery” and other tyre manufacturing products; the upwards curve in the company’s development has led to the organisation’s current plan to relocate to a greenfield site. Carter says its “ongoing success in a highly competitive market” has encouraged the company to improve its manufacturing and operational facilities for greater “professionalism and efficiency”.
Peter Fletcher, managing director at Carter explains that during the next twelve months the company will be relocating to a new, custom built 5,000sqm production facility and headquarters. In doing so the company says it will increase its personnel both in manufacturing and administration. The move will be complimented by “considerable investment in new, innovative machinery”, which Carter says is necessary “to cope with the current demand for a varied equipment portfolio”.
In terms of personnel, Fletcher stresses that Carter intends to increase additional investment in apprenticeships: “During the past couple of years we have tended to buck the trend by taking on a limited amount of apprentices but now, as our ambitious plans for the future gather momentum we will further increase our commitment to the scheme.”
Backed by an international sale distribution network, Carter’s product range includes mixers, mills and extruders for the primary phase of the tyre manufacturing process. Fletcher explains that the company’s high-tech design team and in-house production capability allows the company to provide a range of internal mixing options from compact 1.5 litre laboratory mixers, to 440 litre higher volume machines. One of the company’s latest products is its new ‘Interswirl’ Intermeshing Rotor Mixer, developed as a result of customer feedback and incorporating both a conventional intermeshing rotor and the ‘Turboswirl’ tangential rotor to provide the advantage of a lower drop temperature.
Carter also offers “rebuilt” mixers and extruders, repairs and renewals, helping to revamp customers’ old machinery to incorporate newer technologies, including electronics. Such diversity helps Carter to “maintain a global corporate image”, attracting “a number of leading names” in the tyre global markets, according to the company.