Derby-based Key Joinery has invested about £3-4m relocating from two sites to the former Rolls Royce composites factory nearby.

The 80-year-old company decided to move sites to solve logistical problems.

It has also spent about £400,000 on new machinery for the 64,000ft2 building, including a Joos press, a Bütfering wide-belt sander, a Brandt edgebander and a Homag CNC machining centre for work ranging from general joinery products to bespoke items such as reception counters and individually crafted fittings.

The Joos MP-S-180, the second Joos press operated by Key Joinery and supplied by Homag (UK) Ltd, is a single daylight model with platen dimensions of 3800x1600mm and has gold-anodised surfaces to ensure blemish-free faces of the delicate veneers.

Homag says the press’s Okotherm heating system offers faster heat-up times and improved production cycles. Other features include ABS safety sensors to prevent accidental or uneven closure, an ergonomic swivel control console and braced engineering of the press frame.

The Bütfering 213 CE sander pre-finishes panels for delivery to the presses and sands them after pressing. It has a 1350mm working width and is capable of calibrating, fine veneer sanding and lacquer sanding.

Its programmable system allows the storing of different contact pressures and track and belt speeds, enabling operators to call up programs for each veneer type immediately.