Hurst Bursts Double Bubble

Hurst Doors has invested £200,000 to double the floorspace at its Hull manufacturing facility. The investment is intended to enable growth and better service in its dispatch of PVC panels and composite doors.

The investment is in response to five years of growth that has seen the business itself almost double in size, moving from manufacturing about 1,700 panels per week to over 3,500 and from around 200 composite doors to 500.



The new building, which will reduce the energy required for heating and lighting, will house the finished goods storage and distribution area, providing up to 1,000 panel spaces and 500 composite door spaces and a loading area for Hurst’s dedicated fleet of 24 vans.



The extension will also house the maintenance department and a small machining area featuring two CNC routers for preparing MDF cores and PVC skins.


 “Almost doubling in size saw our factory space get very congested very quickly, with dispatch encroaching on manufacturing, while our fleet of vans also doubled from 12 to 24.”

– Kevin Wheatman 

Director & general manager, Hurst Doors



“Creating the additional space has enabled us to increase our finished goods storage capacity for both panels and composite doors by over 25%. The freed space will also allow for an additional 30 bay storage area as well as further capacity in composite production for 100 more doors per week,” continues Hurst Door’s Wheatman. “Other benefits include an improved production line layout, both for storage of raw materials and line-feed access, improving health and safety and production efficiency and the relocation of the packaging of composite and panels to nearer the dispatch area.”


On time and in full

Adds Wheatman: “We have built our reputation on our 'on-time, in full' delivery record and have recovered to an OTIF of 99.8% on panels and 97% on composites – and while we have hit those targets, this investment will make it easier to achieve them and reassure customers that we are doing everything we can to increase and ensure consistency of service.”


Picture: £200K extension investment key to Hurst growth


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
21st November 2022


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