PD Interglas Technologies plans expansion of UK factory

German fiberglass manufacturer PD Interglas Technologies hopes to extend its facility in Sherborne, southern England in order to accommodate a new coating and laminating line.
The company has submitt…

German fiberglass manufacturer PD Interglas Technologies hopes to extend its facility in Sherborne, southern England in order to accommodate a new coating and laminating line. The company has submitted a planning application to West Dorset District Council for the extension at the rear of the plant. Approval would likely secure the future of the present workforce and lead to more jobs. PD Interglas produces fiberglass fabric for many industry sectors including aerospace, aircraft and automotive, for fire protection and as a building material. The extension would be used as a manufacturing site to meet demand for one of the company“s newest products, to be made exclusively at Sherborne. Managing director Anita Beblek said: “The company has gone through a very difficult time during the past three years but we have now come out with a new product called ATEX which is a totally new in-house development which has applications for architectural structures and membranes such as the Millennium Dome”. “We recently provided a structure for Glasgow Shopping Centre and we“ve just completed a very prestigious project in Montreaux, Switzerland. “We“re also in talks with Sir Norman Foster, a top British architect, who has shown an interest in the application of the product. This is very exciting.” Miss Beblek said: “This new product will form an essential part of our new business. We hope to start building in October and be finished by the beginning of next year at the latest”. “The aim is to get the new coating line up and running by February 2006. Hopefully this will enable us to take on more people.” Sherborne town councillor Victor Clark said the extension is being looked at favourably by the town and district councils.