Cutting godfrey syrett

Northern-based furniture manufacturer, Godfrey Syrett, has announced it has invested over £200,000 in new state-of-the-art fabric cutting technology.

The company, which has been established since 1947, plans to grow turnover to £40m within five years and sees this latest investment in innovation a key part to aid the businesses growth.

Based in Newcastle, Godfrey Syrett has invested in a Lectra fabric cutting solution along with specialist pattern and marker making software. This follows its £400,000 investment in new board cutting technology last year, which led to £3m of new contracts.

Michael Donachie, operations director, said: “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.

“After pinpointing our needs, Lectra demonstrated the impact automation would have on production speed and cost. The results were fantastic, fabric savings were significant versus manual cutting, at around 33%.”

Neil Tweddle, managing director added: “Technology is playing a major part in this transformation and I am excited to see how the business will continue to grow as a result of this latest investment.”