A Calderdale factory has moved to bigger and more modern premises due to increasing demand for their products.
The ISCAL factory in Halifax is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of coasters, napkins and other tissue based products, and helps local people with disabilities move into employment.
In the last five years, demand for ISCAL products has increased by around 600%. The factory now produces around 75,000,000 coasters a year, exporting to countries around Europe, and recently to the Seychelles! As a result, the factory has now moved from its previous location at an old biscuit factory in Ovenden to new premises at Atlas Business Park, just outside Halifax town centre.
The new location allows more efficient working with the modern building being more suitable for new manufacturing techniques. ISCAL will have the potential to increase the number of trainees and volunteers each year from 50 to 100.
The next step for ISCAL is to replace some of the more dated equipment with modern, faster machinery to keep up with the demand for the manufacture of coasters.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“ISCAL keeps going from strength to strength and the latest move to improved facilities will allow the factory to keep attracting high profile customers and continue to expand.
“Not only is the company increasingly successful, it also provides important work experience for some of Calderdale’s most vulnerable residents. The training and experience of a working environment can help many disabled or disadvantaged residents into employment and it’s great news that we’ll now be able to increase the number of trainees employed each year.”
The new factory will be officially opened by Cllr Barry Collins, and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Environment, Cllr Daniel Sutherland, on Thursday 1 March.
To find out more about ISCAL and the products available, visit www.iscal.org.uk(external link) or call 01422 352054.
You can also follow them on twitter at @ISCAL_ or visit their Facebook page by searching for ISCAL Coaster Factory.