An increase in business and demand for a higher specification product has led Frame Homes (South West) Ltd to invest £4m in a new fully automated timber frame factory in Redruth, Cornwall.

The company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is also rebranding. Under the new name – Frame UK – it intends to expand its product range to cater for future demand from all sectors of the construction industry.

Operations manager Neil Stevens said: “We will be the largest producer of timber frame in the south-west whilst offering a full package of trusses and metal web joists.

“We have seen a steady 25% growth in business over the past four to five years. At the moment we operate predominantly in the south-west, but intend to expand nationally. Our production capacity will be 2,000 homes a year.”

The new 65,000ft2 factory is on a 4.5-acre site and is around eight times the size of the company’s original premises.

A Randek Bautech 81m automated production line capable of producing closed panels and standard open frames will be installed, along with a truss plant and metal web joist plant.

The facility will have internal storage on double sided cantilevered racks.

Mr Stevens said: “Our present market is self build, housing developers, hotels, hospitals, schools, housing associations and leisure facilities.

“This is an exciting time for Frame Homes. The opportunities for current staff and those we are looking to recruit in all aspects of the industry – from sales through to design and the production side – will be fabulous.”