Muir Timber Systems has ordered an automated timber frame production line as part of a new growth strategy.

The company, part of the £30m turnover Muir Group, has ordered the line from Warwickshire-based Industrial Timber Technology as the first stage of its expansion plans.

The machinery, to be installed next February, will consist of a framing station, ply sheathing and paper stations. Currently, production is carried out by manual methods.

An extension to the existing 20,000ft2 factory space at Inverkeithing is currently under construction and when finished will more than double the size of the facility.

The company, which manufactures timber frames for both Muir Group and external customers, has plans to add a further automated line by the middle of next year.

Other planned investment includes upgrading roof truss machinery and adding an automated floor cassette assembly station.

“These are exciting times,” said Muir Timber Systems general manager Kenny Murdoch. “We are part of a large group and all the divisions are growing.”

He said the investment in machinery was designed to automate production and increase ouput and speed.

Muir Timber Systems manufactures about 250 units per year, many of which are large homes.