DF Richards invests in splicing machine

16 October 2019


DF Richards, a wood veneering company based in Basildon, Essex has taken delivery of a new Fisher & Ruckle splicing machine for its lay on manufacturing division.

The new purchase has come as part of a recent technology upgrade, which has seen the company install 4K cameras for log recording along with its inventory management platform Timber Plus.

Over the last 22 months the company has invested just over £400,000 in improvements to its premises and equipment.

DF Richards’ jointing division, which used to be known as Jointed Veneers until a brand re-alignment in May this year is looking forward to the upgrade.

“We are excited to take delivery of the machine,” said Alex Richards director and head of the division within DF Richards.

“Before, we were restricted with the lengths of material we could work with, however, this will now enable us to work with a variety of lengths up to 3.2m long.

“The old machine has enabled us to just keep up with demand,” he continued. “However, with the investment of using the latest splicing technology, combined with other changes to our processes, it should result in a significant uplift in capacity for us.

“Having the new machine will also increase the reliability and will then give us the flexibility to run longer and extra shifts as and where needed.”

The new splicing machine arrived over the weekend of October 12/13
The upgrade will lead to an increase in capacity