A South Wales manufacturing firm with just 35 employees has positioned itself as “the most innovative, the best equipped and the best performing” firm in its field thanks to a bumper new investment of £636,000 in plant and machinery at its new factory over the past 18 months.
KV Rollers, based in Cwmbran, is projected to increase its turnover by 15 percent this year with an increase in orders from companies across the globe over the past six months – from China to Carolina and from Inverness to Idaho - thanks to their investment in, among other things, a state-of-the art milling machine which is the only one of its kind being used in the UK.
The new equipment includes the Mazak VTC 820, a leviathan of a metal-milling machine, which has helped KV Rollers expand into supplying machine manufacturers as well as end users.
They are now a one-stop-shop for metal components and specialist parts, having already established themselves as field-leaders in the design, production and refurbishment of industrial rollers, and in creating bespoke rubber compounds.
KV Rollers Director Kevin Lower says: “KV Rollers is moving into a new and exciting phase of its life as a result of major increased investment in the company and as a result of our continued commitment to a rolling programme of research and development.
“We are a small company in terms of personnel and approach – our clients have come to expect the personal touch from us and that approach will always be central to the service we offer.
“However, our products keep the presses, rollers and cables moving for more than 250 clients in the print, oil, food production and packaging industries around the globe. All of these industries are subject to continual change and development, and they are under pressure at all times to increase their productivity and efficiency. This recent investment allows us to help our customers stay ahead of the curve.”
However, KV Rollers’ success isn't just about being willing to plough money back into the company. It is about offering a breadth of expertise which can be called upon to meet the needs of clients across a range of industries. This expertise can also be used to foresee and pre-empt any potential issues in the field.
Mr Lower adds: “Within the last few weeks alone we have been able to fulfil a major order for 4,000 tension pads for the oil industry, with our engineers getting fully involved at the design stage. We have all the expertise here at KV Rollers to see a project through from drawing board to installation.”
He adds: “We are delighted to have been fast tracked as one of Tata Steel’s approved suppliers. This is testament to the fact that, although small, we are very much a force to be reckoned with. We are adept at meeting the needs of new markets and we are fully equipped to do so.
“We are, I think, the most innovative, the best equipped and the best performing company in our field.”
KV Rollers were in the news at the end of last year for developing a ground-breaking new polymer, called Kalexite, which was designed to make the packaging and print industry markedly safer by cutting fire risk.
Kalexite is being trialed by a number of firms across the UK at the moment.