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A.C. Lighting expands into major new facility

26th June 2001

Following 10 years of continuous expansion at its former location, A.C. Lighting has moved to a custom fitted headquarters building, located less than 1km from the previous premises on the western side of High Wycombe.

Growth in all aspects of the company had necessitated expansion into three separate buildings spread across two industrial areas and this was starting to create inevitable inefficiencies within the operation. Relocation to a single custom fitted building became of strategic importance in developing an infrastructure to meet the current and future needs of the business.

The new building has undergone extensive remodelling to increase the floor space by over 40% to 37,000 sq ft (3,437 sq mtrs). The construction project lasting 5 months has created two floors of high quality office accommodation, dedicated manufacturing facilities for the production of cables and colour scrolls, a new service centre and substantial warehousing. The layout also includes a new demonstration facility with a 6 metre ceiling height, adjacent training rooms and a spacious reception area.

The extensive warehousing facilities have been fitted with high bay and pallet racking to maximise the storage capacity and to provide a high level of materials handling efficiency. Special cable drum storage racking has been installed with capacity for up to 60 large cable drums, which can weigh up to 800kgs each. The goods receiving, shipping and packing areas are spacious to ensure the safe, accurate and fast through flow of goods.

The provisioning of a new IT infrastructure and telephone system has involved the installation of 10 km of twisted-pair cabling and a high-speed digital link to the Northern Region sales office located in Leeds.

At the inauguration of the new building, which has been named 'Centauri House', David Leggett, Managing Director, commented, "This is the culmination of many months of concentrated effort by everyone involved. It gives me enormous satisfaction to move A.C. Lighting into a location which provides a high quality working environment for a loyal and dedicated workforce, and provides excellent facilities to receive visitors and demonstrate our extensive product range".

This major capital project, together with the streamlined logistics introduced as part of the move, provides the Company with a solid foundation and capacity for future growth. David Leggett added, "As we move further into the new millennium it is our mission to pursue a process of continuous improvement in the services that we offer our expanding base of suppliers and customers throughout the World".

A.C.Lighting's new headquarters are located at:
Centauri House
Hillbottom Road
High Wycombe
Bucks
HP12 4HQ
England

Tel: +44 (0) 1494 446000
Fax: +44 (0) 1494 461024