Official opening of new Rearsby factory for TEK Group
TEK Group officially opened its new facility in Rearsby, Leicestershire last month in a ceremony headed by Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. The group has its headquarters in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and includes three businesses: TEK Seating Ltd, TEK Military Seating LLP and SitSmart.
Additional manufacturing capacity was needed to meet growing demand on the military side so the existing premises at Melton Mowbray has been replaced with a larger, purpose-built facility in the rural location of Rearsby Industrial Estate, five miles away.
Customers and suppliers from all three companies attended the official opening and had a chance to tour the fully operational 15,000 sq ft plant.
“This new facility marks the next very important stage in the growth of TEK Group and its 45 year history”, said CEO Paul Fleming. “Along with its dedicated staff, it will allow us to reach our full potential, with ample room for planned expansion and additional production in the next 12 months.”
Lady Gretton added: “SMEs such as TEK Group are well and truly at the forefront of innovation and technology”.
TEK Seating offers bus and coach seating from suppliers such as KAB, Isringhausen, Grammer, USSC and FISA, with its main product being suspension driver’s seats. It claims to be the UK’s biggest independent distributor for the OEM and aftermarket, and it offers a re-trimming service, based at the new Rearsby site, as well as a wide selection of parts and spares. TEK says that the new, larger factory will help it to grow its bus and coach seat business.
“This move represents a major investment in our company, allowing us to grow our global business and open new markets while bringing in-house some out-sourced production which will enable us to become even more competitive,” added Fleming.
“A good seat is an integral part of health and safety for all operators.
“A days’ work for a driver consists of sitting in one of these seats for the majority of their working day, so it’s crucial they understand how it works and that it’s correctly fitted for their height and weight.
“There are no pitfalls to investing in a quality seat. It’s important to weigh up quality, comfort and adjustment of product against what you could end up spending long term.
“As new seats come onto the market it’s all about reducing driver fatigue and making sure that it’s the seats that take the vibrations, not the user’s back. Most body shapes and weights can be catered for, including a range for drivers up to 30 stone.”
TEK already provides seats and trimming services for Optare, ADL, Plaxton and Wrightbus.