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Argyll manufacturer adapts to new markets

Published: 04/10/2021

A manufacturing firm in Argyll has diversified into new markets created by the pandemic after securing investment from HIE.

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Lochgilphead based Midton is an industry leading specialist in cast acrylic. As a bespoke manufacturer, they produce a range of custom products including bespoke acrylic lighting components, acrylic embedments, sculptural forms, recognition awards and deal toys.

In the early stage of the pandemic the firm started producing PPE, such as face masks, initially as a community service and then commercially.

More recently it has been producing larger items, such as screening, that enable social distancing in workplaces.

This required modifications to the business, particularly the factory building, to accommodate the production of these larger items efficiently. The total project costs amounted to £48,580. The contribution of £17,837 from HIE helped towards the costs of installing new equipment and for additional research and development work.

Morag Goodfellow, HIE area manager for Argyll and the Islands, said:

“Manufacturing is an important element of our local economy in Argyll. Midton has adapted its operations when faced with the challenges of the past year, improving its efficiency and servicing new markets. The company continues to adapt and innovate so it remains a significant local employer providing valuable skilled jobs.

“It is now in a strong position to expand further into these new markets. This will provide security for their employees, which in turn helps retain an active population and vibrant community. I am very pleased we have been able to support this project and look forward to continuing to work with Midton.”

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