In February 2007 Ambic secured the purchase of a five-acre development site alongside the Stella Gill Industrial Estate in Pelton Fell, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. A new factory was designed and built with production transferred in September 2009. The business now occupies 24,000 sq ft (2,400 sq m) on the 5 acre site with major external storage, vehicle manoeuvring area and extensive expansion space. This facility is now a state of the art fully integrated production unit utilising the latest technology and CNC controlled manufacturing methods. The factory is fully integrated with the raw materials of wood, metal, plastics, paint, fasteners etc. delivered to the northern end and fully finished furniture being loaded at the southern end.
To date the business has expanded by personal recommendation and has mainly been confined to the North East of England covering an area of approximately 320 sq miles. The customers are 90% educational however we do supply the pharmaceutical industry, industrial laboratories and we have supplied larger customers with bespoke items including Siemens, Rolls Royce, Nissan, British Rail and the National Services supply industry.
This business model achieved an average expansion rate of 22% for 27 years and since the recession with some diversification and investment in marketing, the business expansion rates are now returning to our traditional levels.