Lionweld Kennedy continues ambitious growth strategy with £1.5m investment

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One of the UK’s leading manufacturers, fabricators and installers of access products – Teesside-based Lionweld Kennedy – has announced a £1.5m investment in its site and machinery as the company breaks ground on a new multipurpose building and installs the UK’s first shearing machines for steel grating.

The investment will see the business further consolidate its position as one of the region’s largest employers. 

With the installation of a shear grating machine it is expected Lionweld will increase production capacity of its Safegrid gratings by over 40% whilst at the same time eliminating all waste production associated with cutting the product and improving the health and safety environment for its employees. 

Speaking about the investment, Dave Robinson, MD at Lionweld Kennedy said: “This investment further cements our history of over 110 years in Teesside with a capex spend that will bring about significantly enhanced production capabilities alongside cutting-edge technology. 

“Lionweld has made a firm commitment to make significant investment in its site and plant over the coming years and this is a key part of that development”.  

The recent investment further supports the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability – which has seen the business hit its long-term net zero target for 2040 in only three years – with a new construction that will be a carbon neutral building. 

Only this year, the business was recognised as one of the UK’s leading companies at the forefront of driving reduced emissions across the construction industry winning a National award titling them Energy and Sustainability Company of the Year.     

Formed in 1910, Lionweld Kennedy designs, manufactures and installs steel and Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) flooring, handrails, stair treads and access solutions to a range of industries including data centres, energy, construction, rail, utilities and mining.  The business is headquartered in Middlesbrough - where it was originally formed - and is part of Hill and Smith PLC.